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The Stoller Coaster


Eric Stoller

My last day at Oregon State University is going to be September 30th. I’ve been an academic advisor and web coordinator for the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) since 2007. It’s been a transformative experience. The advising team, college and university leadership, peer advisors, and my advisees have taught me so much. It has been a terrific adventure!

Speaking of adventures, you may be wondering what I’m going to be doing or where I am going…

When the “Blogger hits the big time” profile came out, I had already been thinking about my career, my future, and what I wanted to do:

During the day, Eric Stoller is busy advising students in the College of Health and Human Sciences and working on web projects for the college. In the evenings and on weekends, he’s juggling everything from consulting projects to blogging to chatting with his 1,900+ Twitter followers.

“Downtime? What’s that?” he laughs.

And these days, he’s added another job to that list of tasks, as a paid blogger for the highly popular academic website, Inside Higher Ed. As one of 13 regular bloggers for the site, Stoller has begun writing at least two blog posts per week, focused on student affairs and technology.

Working as an academic advisor / web coordinator during the day and engaging in numerous consulting / speaking engagements in the evenings and/or during my vacations has made my life feel like a roller coaster — twists, turns, dips, spins, etc…hence, the “Stoller Coaster.”

I have decided that I am going to focus my energies on my consulting/writing/speaking projects.

My consulting efforts are going to be focused on student affairs/higher education and technology:

  • Social Media and Marketing
  • Web Site Statistics
  • Communication Plans
  • Branding
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Web Site Usability/Accessibility
  • Higher Education Association Technology Development and Strategy

I am thrilled to start this new adventure. It’s going to be epic!

Credit for the “Stoller Coaster” – Conzen, 2010.

  • Dan Crouch

    Congratulations on the move to full time consulting Eric! Cheers to your success!


  • JeannetteMarie

    You are always an inspiration. I’m really looking forward to following your progress. Go get ‘em! :) J

  • Ed Cabellon

    E, I’m thrilled for you sir, and know you will do great :) If there is anything I can do to help on your new road, don’t hesitate to ask! Best wishes always my friend!

  • Liz Van Lysal

    I am so excited for you, and slightly envious! If you ever want to add book writing to that list, we should team up (not that I’ve ever written a book, but hey – I like words).

    PLEASE let me know if you swing through the Milwaukee/Chicago area so we can finally meet up.

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  • Tom Stewart

    CONGRATULATIONS! And best wishes for great success, Eric. You will CONTINUE to do great things, I’m sure.

  • Carolyn Golz

    Eric – Congratulations! You are amazing!

  • Michael Faris

    Congrats, Eric! I’m sure you’ll be missed at OSU, but you’ve made an exciting choice!

  • Brett McFarlane

    Exciting times Eric! Glad to see you strike out on your own. We CERTAINLY need your guidance and expertise in higher ed. Excited to see what is next for you.

  • Guy Davis

    Congrats on your new endeavor. Hopefully I can hire you as a student affairs and technology consultant at my next gig!

  • Patricia O’Brien

    so happy for you and not at all surprised at this new twist in your ever-evolving life!

  • Todd

    Congrats! Good luck with chasing your passion!

  • Laura

    Well done, EDS. I thought you might go this route.

    Best of luck to you, my friend.

    p.s. I’m available for contract work if needed. :)

  • Masayuki Sugie

    OOOO! Congratulations! This is exciting, I am happy for you. I hope this means you will blog more. :)

  • John Battaglino

    Congratulations Eric. Best of luck moving on and I’ll proudly say, “I knew you when…” Stay well!!

  • Jeff Jackson

    Excited to see what you will be able to do since you got that 40 hr a week job thingy holding you back. Congrats and look forward to seeing where you go.

  • Thomas Valdez

    I don’t know why it wont let me login. Maybe I need some tech training.

    Tech training I can get from you. On the road. As I work as your assistant.


  • Frank Mumford

    Congratulations! What a huge step. Best of luck in your new life!

  • Travis Brock

    Congratulations and all the best in your next endeavors!

  • Teri

    Go Big …you will be fabulous! Congratulations my friend. T

  • MikeyAmes

    Good for you, Eric. Glad you could take a few things off your plate in the process.

  • Kevin Andre Elliott

    Oh wow, man! This is awesome news. You don’t know how happy it makes me to hear about this exciting new path you’re taking. Well, you probably do, but still. Congrats! I always said you were a bad ass. You should listen to me. I know these things. :)

  • Douglas Walo

    Congrats! This is tremendous news!

  • Robin2go

    Eric, it takes great courage to make a bold move like this. Congratulations for following your passion. I walked away from a job that left me wishing for more, and found the passion I was looking for. I hope the best for you in these new endeavors, and look forward to meeting you face-to-face at EDUCAUSE.

    Well played!

  • Renee Roman Nose


    I wish you all the best in your new adventure, I’m sure you’ll do great!


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  • drdelo

    I was just asking, “I wonder what Eric is up to” all this talk about moving, road trips, etc., made me curious. You’ve taken a great leap of faith — and are following your passion. You’re in the right place at the right time. When I met you at the NASPA regional conference in SF you got me thinking about the power of blogs (you used one to create your CSSA portfolio). Since then I’ve started a blog and am now courageous enough to actually start keeping it up! And I’ve unleashed the power of Twitter and am really geeking out with the tweets & the fun of developing the online community. I’m trying to model for students how blogs, wikis, and facebook are useful tools for research, networking, and “personal branding.” You’ve been a great resource and have been the catalyst for my own journey with social media. Thanks! So glad I can continue to keep up with you on-line! Go Beavs – Delores

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