Featured in Forbes article, “The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts”

forbes_logo_mainI was honored to be included in Todd Wilmes’ article on Forbes.com detailing predictions on  what the future will look like in 2033.  Contributing voices include:

  • Ray Kurzweil on Technology
  • Robert Kaplan on Global Conflict
  • Khan Academy on Education
  • Virgin Galactic on Space Travel
  • Oliver Bussmann on The Global Workforce
  • John Allen on Religion
  • Dr. Gene Robinson on Global Climate, and
  • Myself on Human-Technology Integration

Check it out here:  The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts

2 Presentations for the 2013 Dalton Institute on College Student Values

imagesI had the privilege of giving two presentations at the 2013 Dalton Institute on College Student Values at Florida State University in Tallahassee.  The theme of this year’s institute was “Character in an Age of Self-Promotion: Exploring the Role of Social Media on College Student Development.”  Obviously, perfectly suited for me and my research passions. 🙂

The abstracts and information about my sessions  can be found here.  Below you will find the presentations themselves as well as any additional information and links that might be helpful in understanding the topics.
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Defense Against the Dark Arts: The University’s Last Lecture


I’m an insider, but an outsider.  As a PhD student studying higher education, and as someone who has worked in colleges and universities his entire life, I’m completely comfortable in the classroom and in being surrounded by students.   This semester, however, I’m an immigrant in a foreign land.  I’m taking a course in the business school, MI621: Social Media for Managers.  It’s not that I don’t work in a business, I do.  I just don’t speak the exact same language.  I, like many other academics, hold on to the belief that the university is somehow a special and unique kind of business.  It has a unique purpose and unique goals. How can the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake be reduced to market forces?
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The Future of Student Affairs in Six Minutes and Forty Seconds at #ACPA13

stopwatch1We’re nearing the 2013 ACPA National Convention, and I’m excited to be gearing up for a unique presentation with some of my favorite colleagues.  In a previous blog post, I outlined and explained what the “PechaKucha” presentation method entailed.  Now I want to share what myself, Ed Cabellon, Patrick Love and Kristen Renn have been cooking up!  Just prior to the convention I’ll share some more resources and a twitter hashtag for those of you how may want to participate from home.


Four presenters at various stages in their careers were given the task of pondering “the future of student affairs.”  Addressing this theme through four short PechaKucha-style presentations, presenters will each speak over a series of 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds.  The topics include: Student Development Theory for Cyborgs, Ignore at Your Own Risk: Serving College Students in For-Profit Institutions, Why Unconferences are Better than This One, and Marketing: An Emerging and Urgent Competency in Student Affairs.
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Is the Quarterlife Crisis still real? Or was it ever?


I teach three spring semester Advanced Practicum courses to students in Boston College and Merrimack College‘s Higher Education Masters programs.  One of the readings I like to assign for the first class is a selection from Robbin and Wilner’s Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties.  Although the work has a few outdated references (it was published in 2001), I’m amazed at how the concept of the “quarterlife crisis” continues to resonate with my students, many of whom fall into this twenty-something range.  Admittedly, the quarterlife crisis refers to an experience for students with a certain degree of privilege, but for my masters-degree-pursuing students, it seems to fit relatively well.

The following is an excerpt from the book about what the quarterlife crisis is:
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