About the Site
I originally set up this blog as a personal site, but after several years of never posting I decided to make it more “professionally” oriented. As a result, the blog now focuses on issues related to Institutional Research and the use of Tableau. Even though the topics will likely be more on the professional side, I intend to keep the tone more informal.
For those posts where I do embed a Tableau visualization, I will do so after a “break”. I’m doing this so that the main page which shows multiple posts doesn’t have to load all of the visualizations every time it’s displayed.
After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Texas State University, I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I earned both a MEd and a PhD in Educational Psychology with emphasis on Quantitative and Psychometric Methods. Basically that means I’m a professional at classifying and counting things. While pursuing my PhD my interest in technology led to me working as a data-analyst and usability-design consultant for an Austin based start-up company. Although I enjoyed the experience, I knew that it wasn’t what I wanted to do long-term. So, shortly after that I began my career in higher education at Texas State as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology teaching courses in statistics, research design, and later program evaluation. During this time I developed a strong interest in elements of institutional research while helping plan course schedules and later while working to establish a Master’s program. A few years ago I decided to make a switch and left my faculty roll to pursue institutional research full-time. This change has allowed me to continue developing my skills in technology while applying many of the skills I learned in graduate school and the knowledge I gained as a faculty member. I decided to setup this blog mainly as a way of documenting and sharing tips-and-tricks I’ve learned about Tableau, but I know that there will also be posts related to institutional research in general (often shared from other sources) and maybe even a person post from time to time.