Hello and welcome to my blog site The Chilean Chronicles. My name is Lisa R. Brown and I have been invited as a Visiting Scholar to The Universidad Católica del Maule in Talca, Chile  beginning August 2013.  I am in my 5th year of study and entered doctoral candidacy last summer 2013.  I am a graduate student researcher and teaching assistant working on my Ph.D. in Adult Education within the Department of Lifelong Education Administration and Policy at The University of Georgia (UGA).  As a Co-Instructor under the coaching of Professor Lorilee Sandmann, Ph.D., my dissertation committee Chair 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 recently 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 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania dealing with the recruitment, matriculation, and academic success of underrepresented student groups. 
     My dissertation research interest is in the area of Civic Engagement in relation to entrepreneurial private for-profit higher education both domestically and abroad.  While in Chile, I am studying 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 roll as a Adjunct Professor of English and Pedagogy and Coordinator for Faculty Research and Publication.