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The Present and Future

Wow!!  A lot has changed in my life since my last “consistent” acts of blogging prior to completing my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.  I’ve been so blessed over the past year serving as a long-term substitute science teacher with the Columbus City School District during 2016-17.  During this past summer, I had the greatest time being the lead instructor for the Drobots Company.  That experience allowed me to teach in an Elite STEM Summer Camp hosting youngsters at the Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio, and campers at the Columbus School for Girls in Bexley.  The children learned how to safely fly quadcopters (Drones) and their diverse uses for the good of society.  I also led the teaching staff in helping the campers learn about the value of STEM and Robotics careers.

In July 2017 I was offered a faculty position at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio which I gladly accepted.  I am the second Faculty Diversity Fellow to grace their campus via a grant sponsorship by Key Bank.  I am loving ❤ this wonderful opportunity to teach, research, publish, and continue my community engagement and service work in Ohio.  Look to see more blogging from me in the near future as I turn to the next chapter of my life as a scholar and futurist!!

Best Regards,

Dr. Brown 😉

The Past History:

Hello and welcome to my blog site The Chilean Chronicles. My name is Lisa R. Brown and I was invited as a Visiting Scholar to The Universidad Católica del Maule in Talca, Chile beginning August 2013.  I am a new Ph.D. having passed my dissertation defense on 3/28/16 in Adult Education, Learning and Organization Development. The title of my dissertation is CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES AND OUTCOMES IN CHILEAN PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT AND PUBLIC GRADUATE EDUCATION.

Currently, I am a graduate student awaiting graduation on 5/13/16 and also serving as a co-instructor within the Department of Lifelong Education Administration and Policy at The University of Georgia (UGA).  Professor Lorilee Sandmann, Ph.D., was my dissertation committee Chair, Mentor, Academic Advisor, and member of the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement National Advisory Council.   I am preparing myself as a scholar so as to enter the professoriate.  In addition to my doctoral program, I have also completed our Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching.

Prior to my arrival at UGA, I served as a high school teacher in the Ohio Columbus City School District.  My academic emphasis while teaching secondary school was in the areas of biology, chemistry, and environmental science courses.  Before my teaching position, I was the Associate Director of CAPS, an injury prevention, and safety program operating within Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  I have also held a number of upper-level administrative positions in higher education at The University of Akron, Miami University of Ohio, and the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania dealing with the recruitment, matriculation, and academic success of underrepresented student groups.  

My research interest is focused on the phenomenon of Civic Engagement in higher education both domestically and abroad.  While in Chile, I researched under the direction of my dissertation committee member Dr. Anne Bliss, Ph.D. who is a Fulbright Scholar Alum and a retired faculty member from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Dr. Bliss has exercised her wealth of knowledge and experience at the Universidad Católica del Maule in Talca, Chile, via her role as an Adjunct Professor of English and Pedagogy and Coordinator for Faculty Research and Publication.