March 8, 2019 4:58 pm


Some student affairs professionals are finding employment in student affairs that matches their training and degrees challenging. Some are even finding employment in student affairs at all challenging. What are the experiences of those who find themselves under- or unemployed in student affairs?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with Mohammed Rahman, Conor McLaughlin, Alandis Johnson, and Geralyn Williams about their experiences of un/underemployment in student affairs.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 pm ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

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Episode Host

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith (he/him/his) has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on curricular approaches, sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world. Keith is also a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Conor McLaughlin

Conor McLaughlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University. Conor is interested in understanding unemployment in the field of student affairs and the ways in which professionals experiencing unemployment can be supported. Conor has been unemployed twice in his career. Conor also enjoys cooking and coffee in his spare time.


Geralyn Williams

Geralyn Williams has a Masters in Higher Education Leadership. She currently works as a Program Coordinator in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University overseeing immersion trips, training and learning, and graduate student engagement. Her research has focused on co-creating spaces for community and self-care within collegiate spaces. She has presented and done workshops on topics of mental health, pop culture, leadership development, wellness, race dynamics, and student movements at a variety of conferences and colleges. She has counseled non-profit organizations on strategic interventions, capacity building, and positive work culture. Fun facts are that she is building a pillow fort in her office and has been a panelist at San Diego Comic Con multiple times. Her professional and personal goal is to create spaces that enable others to subvert systems of oppression to create positive change.


Alandis Johnson

Alandis is a non-binary scholar/practitioner who is also a cancer survivor. Alandis has worked within student affairs for over a decade in both student affairs and academic departments focused upon student affairs. Their work and research looks at affective dimensions to development, specifically those emotions and behaviors related to being historically marginalized groups. Alandis has worked within residence life, study abroad, academic affairs, and diversity, equity and inclusion throughout their career, and has been unemployed within student affairs since December 2017.


Mohammed Rahman

Currently Mohammed is teaching a dual credit class to high school students for Richland College. He has worked in higher education for 20 years at different levels and various programs such as TRIO Educational Talent Search and Health Profession certification and most recently in Career Services for 10 years. Mohammed earned his Associates Degree from Richland College while employed there and received his B.A. from UT Dallas while working full-time and with a young family. He received an M.Sc. in College Student Personnel Services and is an ABD pursuing his Ed.D. in Higher Education and unofficially an M.Ed in Counseling for Student Affairs with a focus on career counseling. Mohammed’s dissertation topic is “to study LGBT-identified students’ perceptions about inclusivity and equity and their decision to come out or not to come out on their resume or at interviews when searching for internships and full-time jobs while preparing their transition from college to career.