My name is Jeffrey Keefer, and I blog to reflect on my personal, professional, academic research and practice. It is not necessarily in that order, but what really ever is?
By day I am the Director of Training and Knowledge Management for The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. By night I teach at New York University in the Management and Systems / Human Resource Management & Development graduate programs AND at Pace University on the Doctor of Nursing Practice faculty.
While I come from a world of teaching and learning, my thinking is influenced from postmodern incredulity toward metanarratives and actor-network theory’s empowered agency of all elements (human and non-human) within networks. In other words, we run into challenges when we AssUMe things, as our thoughts, beliefs, and experiences often do not universally fit within them.
I am interested in issues around social and networked learning, doctoral education and researcher development, threshold concepts in higher education, liminality in learning experiences, actor-network theory, organizational power and positionality, theoretical and paradigmatic frameworks and models, critical and constructivist theory, and identity. To this end I advocate qualitative research, especially autoethnography, narrative inquiry, and liveblogging as opportunities to make sense of phenomena and experiences. This is all helped by my Ph.D. in Educational Research, though it often leads me to ask more questions than I can answer.