I’ve been a communication studies professor since 2010.

I like in-depth, multidisciplinary research projects, increasingly informed by UX research.

I’ve retrained in my early 30’s for a career in tech as a product designer. I like to work quickly and get results fast. Running a nationally competitive college debate program shows the ability to be a part of a winning team. I complete high level research effectively and independently. I’m skilled at building thoroughly researched projects, contributing myself and managing the contributions of others. I’m content to dive deep into research documents while flying coast to coast for work. I produce actionable insights about student experiences faster and more effectively than anyone else by using a Google Ventures Design Sprint 2.0 model tailored for higher education decision making. I’m openly influenced by:

And the Design Sprint methodology of AJ&Smart/ Jake Kanpp. It also turns out CareerFoundry got a visit from Brittni, now consulting on her own. Happy Hour is great product design talk!

Factors that motivate my work:

Americans owe 1.6 trillion dollars in student loan debt. Over 50% of students regret a significant aspect of their college experience (school choice or major). By 2023, nearly 40% of federal student loans could be in default. This debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. 

I fell in love with the idea of design thinking in the winter of 2013. My campus has just opened a fancy new building and made an investment in creativity and innovation programming for faculty. As soon as I learned about the Lean Startup model, there was no going back.

Fast forward to 2019, I’m officially transitioning out of academia to a UX design career via CareerFoundry 10-month UX Immersion program. My mentor is Ayaz Memon and my tutor is Tasha Salgado.

The first project I made in UX Fundamentals was AutoFlash, a web application that generates automatic flashcards using the comment feature in Google Drive. I started by interviewing law school students. It turned out, they just wanted to make quick flashcards from documents they already had. Jess called it Card Trick when she developed it for her FlatIron project:

“In his research with current undergraduates, law students, and med school applicants who had recently studied for the MCAT, he learned that while there are some flash card apps that are good, students don’t like creating their own flash cards when they have already spent a lot of time working on notes and outlines for their courses.”

I’m currently designing a web app nicknamed “Tassel” for the time being.

The higher ed admissions industry is increasingly data driven. Students are writing essays and applying early admission. It’s an open conversation in the Chronicle of Higher Ed:

The fact that 40 percent of college freshmen never make it to commencement is higher education’s dirty little secret, a dereliction of duty that has gotten too little public attention.