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 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 roll as a Adjunct Professor of English and Pedagogy and Coordinator for Faculty Research and Publication.