Helping higher ed professionals and executives learn and grow

Do you want to grow in your higher ed job?
Do you want to fast track your career in higher education?

Higher Ed Experts can help you learn and grow.

We can help you get the training and professional development you need to acquire critical skills for your day-to-day job, but also the expertise that will lead to your next career move.

Trusted provider of critical skills for higher ed pros since 2007

Our online professional certificate programs and conferences have helped thousands of professionals and executives working in more than 600 institutions in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America.

Launched in September 2011, our professional certificates courses are valued and recognized by more than 300 institutions. These intensive online programs have already fast tracked close to 800 higher ed careers.

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Who teaches for Higher Ed Experts?

Karine Joly, Social Media Marketing Educator and Expert

Karine oversees the development of the professional development curriculum at Higher Ed Experts. She also taught the capstone graduate course of the MBA in Social Media Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University: Social Media Marketing Campaigns, a course she designed and authored for this SNHU online program.

Karine shares her insights about emerging web and social media trends on, a popular and independent blog launched in February 2005. She also authors the Internet Technologies column for University Business. She has presented on social media marketing, web analytics and online courses at leading higher ed conferences (CASE, American Marketing Association, EduComm, eduWeb, CUPRAP, HighEdWeb, etc.).

Joshua Dodson, Director of Digital Marketing - Bentley University

Joshua is the Director of Digital Marketing at Bentley University. He is a Google Analytics Qualified Web expert who has worked with numerous colleges and universities to improve their Web presence and better understand their user trends. His extensive back-end Web knowledge is equally matched with an understanding of the importance of driving results on the front end—and proving return on investment. His in-depth SEO experience ties campaigns to results to show true impact.

Before joining Bentley, Joshua worked as the SEO Director of Southern New Hampshire University and a Web Analytics Strategist and a Web Developer for Eastern Kentucky University and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.

Joshua has presented at industry conferences on advanced Web analytics, open source technology, WordPress for academic libraries, and other topics. He has published extensively on WordPress and his most recent publication for the American Library Association explores methods of Website architecture as related to academic libraries.

Donna Lehmann, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications - Fordham University

Donna is the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Fordham University. She joined Fordham in 2013 after fourteen years at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she led two full-site redesigns, both earning CASE Circle of Excellence awards. While at FIT, Donna also served six years on the board of the SUNY Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) with active roles in planning their annual conferences.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in American Literature from Kansas State University and completed coursework toward a PhD at the University of Delaware. In her five-year graduate school career, she taught expository and business writing as well as literature courses.

Sofia Tokar, Web Writer - University of Rochester

Sofia is the web writer for University Communications and Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester. As part of the web team, her work includes creating, editing, and curating content for the university’s homepage and top-level pages, departmental web pages, and social media accounts. She regularly co-hosts on-campus presentations and workshops about strategic and tactical web communications.

Before joining UR, Sofia worked as the assistant editor in the marketing and communications department at Nazareth College. There she also taught introductory seminar courses for freshmen. Her work as part of the teams at Nazareth and UR has been recognized with awards from CASE and PRSA.

Sofia earned her master’s degree in English language and literature from Queen’s University in Canada. She is also a graduate of the Higher Ed Experts web writing certificate program, and is now one of its instructors.

Dr. Liz Gross, Social Media and Market Research Strategist

Dr. Liz Gross is a Social Media and Market Research Strategist for a federal student loan servicer. She was responsible for launching the company’s social media presence, and now manages the social media program in addition to all measurement of the company’s cross-channel marketing and communication. Liz is also a member of the Higher Ed Expert faculty, teaching Social Media Measurement for Higher Ed.

Liz received her Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University. Her dissertation research examined the relationship between communication methods and the frequency and content of college student interactions with faculty. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University. She blogs at, and you can find her on Twitter at @LizGross144.