Carlyn Chatfield


Carlyn Chatfield manages publicity for the Computer Science (CS) Department at Rice University in Houston, Texas by telling the stories of CS faculty, students, and alumni through newsletters, web sites and social media channels. Prior to her role as the CS Publicist, she coordinated communications for the Office of Information Technology for twelve years, introducing popular programs like Joe ITguy on Facebook and student IT Ambassadors in each residential college at Rice.

She is active in the IT Communications (ITCOMM) Constituent Group, where she created and led monthly virtual coffee shop sessions for four years. When she accepted the role of ITCOMM CG co-leader in 2014, she established a cabinet to advise the group's co-leaders and recruited peers to serve on the ITCOMM Cabinet. Carlyn and her co-leader, Cathy McVey of Miami University, worked with the ITCOMM Cabinet to open leadership development opportunities within the CG, placed two-year term limits on the co-leader roles, designed a continual co-leadership mentoring process, published a CG charter, and executed succession plans to continue the promotion of leaders from within the membership of the CG.

Since 1987, she has worked in higher education for proprietary, public, and private institutions in roles spanning admission, financial aid, business analysis, and information technology (IT) and academic department communications. She is a licensed Zumba(R) instructor ( and she authored the book "Financial Aid 101" for Thompsons/Peterson's. Carlyn completed her BBA in Marketing, summa cum laude, at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • 2008 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    An overview of the 2008 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, published in Serials Review.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


ELI Member

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Connect 1 Proposal Reviewers
    • PROGRAM, 2015 - 2016
  • Constituent Group Leaders
    • Adhoc Group, 2014 - 2015
  • Connect 1 Proposal Reviewers
    • PROGRAM, 2013 - 2013
  • West/Southwest Regional Conference 2013 Program Committee
    • REGIONAL, 2012 - 2014
  • WSWRC Adjunct Committee
    • REGIONAL, 2010 - 2010