Who We Are

UNBOUND: Reinventing Higher Education is an online journal intended for all those who are interested in higher education issues, especially those that affect adult students. The name UNBOUND calls to mind the many innovations that are taking place in education across our country and our world, where technology is helping us break the bonds of space and time to make education accessible to a broad audience. As educators, we no longer have to think in terms of limits, whether those are drawn by campus boundaries, geographic location, or even conventional definitions of school and community. The possibilities for the future are boundless, and we hope to hear from those who are helping to lead the way.

As the tagline Reinventing Higher Education suggests, we are positioning this journal at the forefront of educational change. We aim to engage a broad audience of readers and contributors who are interested in important trends and innovations in education. In addition to professionals in higher education, audiences and contributors may include leaders of corporations and industries, communities, advocacy groups, nonprofits or government bodies—anyone who cares deeply about the future of education.

Please contact UNBOUND at unbound@upcea.edu.

Editorial Board


The Unbound Editorial Board consists of leaders in continuing, professional, and online education who are serving two or three-year appointments, subject to renewal. Board members participate in formulating the editorial direction of the journal, solicit articles for publication, recommend themes or topics for future issues, and review submissions for potential publication. All Board members are members of UPCEA, and represent the breadth and diversity of the continuing and online education programs and the populations that they serve.

Editor Northwestern University Thomas F. Gibbons
At-Large Representative Dean, Professional Education, Georgia Institute of Technology Nelson Baker, Ph.D.
At-Large Representative Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, Michigan State University Burton Bargerstock
At-Large Representative Dean, Petrocelli School of Continuing Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University Lisa R. Braverman, Ph.D.
At-Large Representative Higher Education Administrator and Assistant Dean, University of Wisconsin - Madison Soma Chakrabarti, Ph.D.
At-Large Representative Professor of the Practice, Boston University Jay A. Halfond, Ph.D.
At-Large Representative Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education at Rutgers University Richard Novak, Ed.D.
At-Large Representative Dean, Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at University of Wisconsin-Extension David Schejbal, Ph.D.
At-Large Representative Dean College of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Old Dominion University James Shaeffer, Ph.D.
At-Large Representative Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean, School of Professional Studies, Brown University Karen H. Sibley, Ed.D.
At-Large Representative Director of Marketing, Mizzou Online, University of Missouri Stacy Snow, M.A.
Ex-Officio Member Chief Executive Officer, UPCEA Robert J. Hansen, Ph.D.

Our Staff


The Unbound Editorial Staff handles all editorial and technical aspects of the publication under the leadership of Editor Tom Gibbons of Northwestern University.

Editor Thomas F. Gibbons
Associate Editor, Northwestern University Peter Kaye, Ph.D.
Assistant Editor, Northwestern University Megan Powell
Design Director, Northwestern University Brad Farrar
Marketing Director, Northwestern University Therese Grohman
Chief Executive Officer, UPCEA Robert J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Deputy CEO and Chief Learning Officer, UPCEA Amy Claire Heitzman, Ph.D.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications, UPCEA Molly K. Nelson
Associate Director of Policy + Communications, UPCEA Jordan DiMaggio