Brad Petitfils, PhD, was the founding director of both the Student Success Center at Loyola University New Orleans and the Academic Success Center at the University of North Carolina Asheville before joining Drexel University in the spring of 2020.
Over the years, Dr. Petitfils has collected a number of job titles, including Instructional Technologist, Curriculum Developer, Director of Campus Planning & Assessment, Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Accreditation Liaison, and Director of Student Success. In the past, he has managed offices of academic advising, success coaching, study abroad, and disability resources, in addition to the career center, tutoring center, and writing center.
He earned his PhD in Curriculum Theory, a field that asks us to reconceptualize the notion of “educating students.” His research has focused on hyperreality and posthumanism, undergraduate student identity and curricular issues, developmental & educational psychology, and popular culture and pedagogy. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy and Antistasis, and he has written one book which appeared in the Routledge series International Studies in the Philosophy of Education.
In addition to over a decade of adjunct teaching, during which he mentored a magnificent group of undergraduate students, from 2009–2018, he directed a summer abroad program in Paris, France, and hopes to introduce that experience to Drexel students once the pandemic is behind us.
Although he is relatively new to Philadelphia, he does enjoy exploring the city on foot. If you cannot find him wandering the streets of Fairmount, you might look for him in his native New Orleans, or perhaps on the streets of the rive gauche in his ancestral homeland of Paris.