Upcoming Teaching

University of Wisconsin-Madison. Department of Educational Policy Studies. A critical and cultural look at student employability. 

Fall 2020.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Liberal Arts & Applied Studies: Teaching "soft skills" in face-to-face & online college courses.  (Online course now available in English, Spanish, and Chinese Mandarin; Moderated & Unmoderated Versions). 

Summer 2020

2020 Invited Talks

December 11, 2020. Virtual internships data and trends: Insights from the literature and preliminary data from a study of micro-internships in 2020. Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium.  (keynote)

June 16, 2020. A cultural approach to workplace training in the “soft” skills. Creating a learning organization to develop the technologists of the future.  UW-Madison E-Business Consortium Information Technology Peer Group Web Meeting. 


March 5, 2020.  Improving access to internship opportunities: Insights from a study on obstacles to internship participation. 36th Annual – 2020 Wisconsin Technical College Information Technology Faculty and Administrators Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison.


February 12, 2020. Outline of CCWT’s research portfolio. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Equitable Futures Team.


January 17, 2020. Designing meaningful tasks for interns.  2020 Intern Bridge Thought Leaders Symposium.


January 16, 2020. Why culture and the disciplines are essential for teaching “soft” skills to college students. United Negro College Fund – Career Pathways Initiative.

2019 Invited Talks

October 14, 2019: The Ohio State University Sesquicentennial Celebration

January 24, 2019: Association of American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

2017-2018 Invited Talks

December 12, 2018. Ann Arbor, MI. University of Michigan. A Cultural and Critical Perspective of
College Students’ Employability Skills:
 Implications for Higher Education.

December 7, 2018. Madison, WI. Madison College - Presentation of Results from the College Internship Study

November 15, 2018: Elgin, IL. Illinois Council of Community College Administrators.

September 10, 2018: Tianjin University, Tianjin, China.

April, 27, 2018. Racine, WI. Wisconsin Career Development Association.

January 24, 2018: Washington, DC. Association of American Colleges & Universities

June 27, 2017: Atlanta, GA: United Negro College Fund Career Pathways Initiative.

May 16, 2017: Heritage University

May 15, 2017: Cascadia Community College

May 12, 2017: University of Oregon

May 11, 2017: Portland State University

May 11, 2017: Oregon State University

April 28, 2017: Fox Valley Technical College

February 16, 2017: Community College League of California.

February 24, 2017: University of California, Santa Barbara.

February 14, 2017: University of Wisconsin, Madison: Career Services Council.

February 13, 2017: Credo Webinar. Bridging the skills gap

December 16, 2016: University of Wisconsin, Madison: WISCAPE Book Launch.

Media coverage

Hechinger Report. 04/10/2020. What's lost and gained with online internships?

National Association of Colleges & Employers. 4/6/2020. Filling the void for students with academic projects.

Los Angeles Times. 02/19/2020. Op-ed: Sacramento's army of interns deserves to be paid.

Chronicle of Higher Education. 02/12/2020. Why internships can ease the path from college to career - and why they often don't.

Fast Company. 02/01/2020. Entry level workers can lost 6% of their wages without this.

The Conversation. 1/24/2020. Five obstacles that stop many students from taking an internship.

Sun Prairie Star. 11/12/2019. New online tool helps businesses start internship program.

Inside Higher Ed. 09/23/2019. Internships as a high-impact practice?

The University Network. 06/14/2019. Low internship participation indicates a need for change.

Inside Higher Ed. 06/11/2019. Study on barriers to student internships.

New Books Network. 08/17/2018. Beyond the skills gap: Interview with Matt Hora

College for America. 4/26/2017. Interview with Matt Hora.

Chronicle of Higher Education. 1/22/2017. The idea that launched a thousand strategic plans.

Inside Higher Education. 10/26/2017. Beyond the skills gap.

Evollution. 1/06/2017. The skills gap: Redefining the problem.

WIScontext. 4/26/2016. Researcher discussed WI skills gap findings.