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EdTech: Focus on Higher Education explores technology and education issues that IT leaders and educators face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution. EdTech: Focus on Higher Education is published by CDW which is headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill.

CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in North America and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 8,200 coworkers. For the trailing 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2015, the company generated net sales of almost $12.6 billion. For more information, visit www.CDW.com.

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About the Team

Ryan Petersen
Editor in Chief | Email
About: Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.
Vanessa Roberts
Editorial Director | Email
About: Vanessa has worked on the magazine since April 2005. Previously, she spent 18 years at Government Computer News, as managing editor, news editor and writer. In her former spare time, before her family-of-four years, she liked to read a book in one or two sittings and dive wrecks along the Carolina shores and reefs around any Caribbean island.
Tara E. Buck
Executive Editor | Email
About: Tara has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 13 years. Most recently, she was the special publications editor at The Daily Record in Baltimore, which published a variety of legal- and business-focused supplements in addition to higher education and consumer guides. In her downtime, Tara enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband.
Amy Burroughs
Managing Editor | Email
About: Amy began her career as a journalist, spending almost 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She has an extensive background in print and digital communications, including content strategy, marketing, and publishing, with experience as a writer, editor, and project manager. She has worked on websites, print collateral, magazines, books, and academic journals. A North Carolina native, she enjoys running, camping, hiking and creative writing.
Kelly Konrad
Senior Editor | Email
About: Kelly is a long time reporter, writer and editor, with extensive experience in features, corporate communications, trade publications and content marketing. As a mom to three teenagers, Kelly is especially excited about her role as senior editor, as higher education is never far from her thoughts. Outside of work, you can find her either carpooling her kids, watching the Chicago Cubs with her husband or with her nose in a book.
Meghan Bogardus Cortez
Associate Web Editor | Email
About: Meghan has worked in journalism since she was 16, starting at her local newspaper and most recently as an entertainment editor for AARP The Magazine. She has a background in magazine journalism and political science with a special interest in pop culture. A native of Pennsylvania, Meghan and enjoys traveling, creative writing, and reading anything and everything she can get her hands on.
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Macy Kinde

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Dan Brenner
Bridget Tessarolo

Photo Editor

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Editorial Calendar

Read the editorial calendar for the quarterly print magazine.


Themes Trending
Business Intelligence EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues
Data Center Hyperconvergence Brings New Capabilities to Data Center Management
Security Adapting Traditional Curricula to Changing Job Markets
Software Top Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2017


Tech to Watch E-News
Virtual/Augmented Reality Data Center
3D Printing Cloud
Windows Anniversary Update IoT
Back to Class
Next-Generation Learning Spaces (February/March)
EDUCAUSE Enterprise IT Summit (February/March)
Must-Read Higher Ed IT blogs List (March)


Themes Trending
Classroom Integrating Research Computing into IT Infrastructure
Networking Creative Applications of 3D Printing Capabilities
Collaboration A Better Defense: Adaptive Security and Context-Aware Security


Tech to Watch E-News
Adaptive Security Mobility
Wearable IT Data Center
Software-Defined Storage Collaboration
Preparing for Finals
EDUCAUSE 15th Annual Security Professionals Conference (May)
Graduation (May)
Online Teaching Conference (June)


Themes Trending
Business Intelligence Data-Driven Decision-Making and Data Governance Strategies Mature
Classroom What’s New in the Classroom? Faculty Innovators Share
Data Center Cutting-Edge Instructional Tools
Mobility Mobile Security: Considerations Every IT Expert Should Know


Tech to Watch E-News
Internet of Things Cloud
Hyperconvergence Software
  Data Center (Backup and Services)
Campus Tech (July)
33rd Annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference (July)
Back-to-School (August and September)


Themes Trending
Classroom Tech Solutions on the Horizon for 2017
Hardware New Applications: Virtual Reality Takes Off in the Classroom
Management State of the Cloud: What’s New and What’s Next
Software Tech Drives Shifting Roles of CIOs, CISOs and CDOs
  2017 Higher Ed Tech Year in Review / 2018 Top Tech Trends


Tech to Watch E-News
Predictive Analytics and Business Intelligence Analytics Security
Virtual and Augmented Reality Cloud
Preparing for Finals
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October)
EDUCAUSE (October/November)
Apr 25 2014