My name is Maureen Guarcello and I am a second year HASTAC scholar. Much like Cole professed in an earlier post, I too have been reading entry by entry, but quietly waiting to feel authorized enough to make my own contribution. There is no time like the present, especially now that I am beginning my dissertation work.
A brief recap: I am a California native with marketing and external affairs higher education experience dating back to 2001. In 2010 I completed my MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and immediately went on to pursue a PhD in Leadership Studies with a Higher Education specialization.
My dissertation work centers on blended learning analytics in California public higher education, using student performance and demographics to gauge trends through logistic regression analyses.
When I am not working with blended learning analytics, I research blended learning in the STEM disciplines, specifically the engineering classroom. Women in higher education administration, leadership and technology and leadership and gender are also areas of research where I have published and presented.
Here is where the “everything” I alluded to comes into the equation… I realize that I have a passion for teaching and research. This is something I have tried desperately to suppress, instead going the administration route, but I realize that this is who I am and where I am happiest in my work. It just seemed important to put that note into the world.
I will keep the community up to date on the progress of my blended learning dissertation work and the ancillary pieces as well. If you are interested in learning more about the research or discussing blended learning in higher education further, feel free to message me or email at my University of San Diego address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to a great 2013-14 year HASTAC Scholars!