GenX women in higher ed from around the globe

Heather Alderfer

Heather Alderfer is a member of the editorial collective at University of Venus, and is an Associate Registrar at Yale Law School.
She briefly studied the intersection of people, technology, and society at the School of Information at the University of Michigan while exploring the intricacies of degree requirements at the Office of the Registrar. Prior to Michigan, Heather was an Associate Registrar at Northeastern University and an Assistant Registrar at Wesleyan University. She received a BA in English and International Relations in 2002 and a Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan in 2007, and a Master’s in Education with a focus on Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in 2010. Heather is also a registered yoga teacher, and has a dedicated Forrest Yoga and Transcendental Meditation practice. She was raised in Fairfield, Iowa, and attended a conscious-based high school.

She can be found on Twitter @hettyplatt and reached by email at

Posts include:

Information Diet

Breadth and Depth: Finding a “Home” of One’s Own

  1. […] Heather Alderfer (New Haven, USA): I balance “work” and “life” by blurring the difference. If I walk across campus and run into a colleague from another department, I consider our conversation to be part of work. Attending functions around campus enhances my work experience, because I am more aware of the larger context of the university. I do check email from home (to see if there are any “fires”) but I only reply during business hours. […]

  2. […] Heather Alderfer (New Haven, USA: My writer’s block is so extreme, I hardly write. With the monthly deadline for UVenus I’m forced to write at least once a month. I hope to set mini deadlines for myself to propel me to complete shorter pieces more frequently. I free-write for a few minutes, then delete the entire first paragraph of a first draft. Not writing linearly is a good challenge for my logical mind. […]

  3. […] Heather Alderfer (New Haven, USA): A scathing email can ruin my day. Hours after a heated email exchange with a student over an administrative decision, I joined a group of friends at a pub and was introduced to a young man named Michael. Later my friends revealed Michael was the same student who pointedly questioned my professional decisions hours earlier. We remain good friends, occasionally laughing about the effects of email tone. […]

  4. […] Heather Alderfer (US) Learning new skills, new ways of looking at old data, and bringing new technology to existing problems. When I have an a-ha! moment, often at the most mundane times, I’m able to see the larger picture, how the piece I’m working on fits in with the curriculum, with a student’s whole academic career, and the larger university. Having a positive interaction with students or faculty is also deeply rewarding. […]

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