Jason Meriwether Current Position and Institution: Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Indiana University Southeast First Position and Institution: Residence Hall Director, Department of University Housing, Georgia Southern University After graduating from the University of Louisville in 2001, my first professional position was as a Residence Hall Director at Georgia Southern University, where... Continue Reading →
Overview (Part 1): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators
This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators. Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part... Continue Reading →
Your SA Inspiration for the Day: Little Things Lead You To Big Things
My good friend and filmmaker Brock Cravy posted this video of some kids and adults painting a fence in the hot Texas sun. He asked simple questions... Why are you doing this? And the results give you more than the simple question would seem to elicit. If you need a little inspiration in your day... Continue Reading →
Presenting at UCLA Today…
I'm #superexcited to be presenting to the residential student leaders at UCLA today about living life to the fullest and the amazing thinks that happen when you're bold online and in your social media life. In my experience, a vast majority of people do not contribute or engage in ways that leverage the immense hidden power of... Continue Reading →
The Time I Flew on JetBlue Mint
Okay... Okay... We all know I'm JetBlue obsessed. Well, for the first time, I'm flying in JetBlue's "Mint" cabin... their answer to first class... from JFK to LAX. I thought I'd share my experience so you can travel along with me. Not familiar with Mint? This video should help: https://player.vimeo.com/video/97246823 Waiting for the flight, I... Continue Reading →
Simpler is Better in Presentation Slides
One of the constant reminders I have to tell myself when designing slide decks is to remember that "simpler is better." Rather than trying to load my presentations with bells, whistles, and animations that are more likely to distract, I have to remember to takeaway. I designed this Slideshare (embedded below) to help illustrate the... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Thea Zunick
Thea Zunick Current Position and Institution: Associate Director of Student Life, Stevens Institute of Technology First Position and Institution: Assistant Director of Student Development, Iona College I began my professional career at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY because it sung loud and clear “welcome back to the Northeast Thea”! It was time for me... Continue Reading →
Are People With Higher Emotional IQs Drawn to Student Affairs Work? Can It Be Taught?
After coming across this infographic below (from UMD's online MBA program), it got me thinking about the above questions. Although I do not believe that all student affairs professionals have high levels of emotional intelligence, I do think it's highly probable that people who are naturally skilled in this area are likely drawn to it... Continue Reading →
Stay the Course: Reminders for When Assessment Gets Messy [REBLOG]
The folks over at the “Oh, No, It’s an Assessment Blog” posted this great little piece on the “messiness” of assessing student learning and distilled down five tips to help guide efforts in this area. They also include an excellent video (see below, highly recommended) form the folks at EDUCAUSE about why learning assessment can seem (and is) difficult.
My friends for the assessment revolution! My office is gearing up to take the next step in our learning outcomes assessment efforts. I’m VERY excited! It’s going to be fun, intellectually and professionally fulfilling, and (most importantly and hopefully) provide meaningful insight into the student experience. But in addition to excitement, I am also a bit nervous, because, as you’ve likely noticed, measuring for learning is messy – which is the largest part of its difficulty, but, also, its beauty. In my research about student learning and assessment over the past few years I’ve come to learn that it’s not just me who’s feeling this way:
In watching videos like the above and reading anything I can get my hands on, I’m hearing a few common themes (some old, some new) that I’m keeping in mind during this big year for our assessment efforts in the Career Center:
- Assess learning not just once, but…
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2000 Hours: Advice for a New Student Affairs Professional FREE eBOOK
It's an exciting time to be living when powerful self-publishing tools allow anyone to easily become an author. I was excited when Sinclair P. Ceasar III reached out to me to solicit a contribution to a free eBook he was making, Two Thousand Hours: Advice for a New Student Affairs Professional. Myself and a number of... Continue Reading →
Does Size Matter? Professional experiences at small colleges and universities. [REBLOG]
I wanted to share this post from my good friend and colleague, Todd Porter. Todd brings up a point that I have often thought about but never quite articulated into words… certainly not as well as he does.
There seems to be an unwritten value (bias?) that higher education professionals place on larger schools. While there are certainly benefits to large schools, the diversified landscape of higher education, is one of its greatest strengths. Something that other countries have sought to replicate as education becomes more globalized, and we would be at a disadvantage to ignore these strengths when we seek jobs and seek to hire the “best” ‘right fit” talent. Success and value comes in many forms.
Check out Todd’s original piece below.
“I always assumed that working at a small school was like scraping the bottom of the barrel.”
The moment this was stated, I knew exactly what this graduate student was saying. It was a sentiment I have heard from various graduate students that I have connected with over the course of the summer. There seemed to be a growing mentality amongst these future professionals when thinking about their first position out of graduate school. They were reluctant to consider the opportunity of working at small schools as viable, prestigious or challenging experiences. Some gravitated towards small schools, primarily because they had attended similar institutions as an undergrad. This was the exception, not the rule. There were various reasons why the grads I spoke with indicated that small schools were not on their radar, including access to resources, opportunities for advancement, professional development, and the lack of name and reputation in…
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#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Patrick Love
Patrick Love Current Position and Institution: Vice President for Student Affairs, New York Institute of Technology First Position and Institution: Residence Director, SUNY Albany The Importance of Critical Feedback: I received written feedback from the other residence directors on staff. All were extremely positive except one. My supervisor said I had a choice. I could easily... Continue Reading →
The Time JetBlue Gave Me Free Terra Blue Potato Chips For a Year
So this is how it started... I came across this article describing some social media craziness involving a man in the UK, who parlayed a rivalry between two mobile phone companies into the offer of free pizza for a year. So of course, knowing my relationship with JetBlue, I decided to be a bit funny and... Continue Reading →
Fear in Higher Ed… Fear in the workplace…
I've been thinking a lot about this concept of fear in the workplace. What causes it? What are the signs and symptoms? How do you reduce it? A big part of positive organizational culture change involves "getting the fear out." But what is the nature of fear? Specifically in higher education? Fear is multi-dimensional, cultural, and... Continue Reading →
Women at the Forefront of Student Affairs History
Student affairs has had a long history of women contributing to the profession that dates back to the turn of the century. This is something I feel too often goes under-appreciated. In many ways, women were almost wholly responsible for many of the values and principles we uphold in our work. Chief among them, the... Continue Reading →
#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Gavin Henning
Gavin Henning Current Position and Institution: Associate Professor of Higher Education, New England College First Position and Institution: Resident Director, University of New Hampshire The most important lesson I learned in my first position has been a guiding principle throughout my career. I learned as a residence hall director at the University of New Hampshire... Continue Reading →
Contributing to a New Book: Going Digital in Student Leadership
I’m excited to let folks in on a little secret. I and a number of other folks will be contributing to an upcoming edition of the New Directions for Student Leadership (NDSL) Sourcebook Series titled… Going Digital in Student Leadership Co-edited by Lisa Endersby and Josie Ahlquist, the book will cover a variety of topics including how technology impacts all stages of... Continue Reading →
8 Apps and Ideas For Integrating Social and Digital Tech Into Your #RATraining
Integrating digital and social media tools into RA training programs can be an exciting and innovative way to hold your RAs' attention. Below are some useful sites, apps, and services that you can use and some examples of how to use them. Have other ideas? Poll Everywhere http://www.polleverywhere.com Poll Everywhere allows you to set up online polls... Continue Reading →
What They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School: Managing Up
Managing up is the idea that the supervisory relationship is reciprocal. If you look out for your supervisor, they will be more understanding and supportive of you. It's about knowing your boss' style, what's important to them, and using that knowledge to get the outcome you want. The art of managing up isn't something we've... Continue Reading →
Humbled to be joining the LEAD365 Team!
I'm excited to announce that I'm Joining the faculty of the Lead365 National Conference! I'm incredibly humbled to be working with a team that includes many of my treasured colleagues, mentors and friends as well as speakers I have admired for years. As Lead365 describes itself: "Lead365 is the sponsoring organization of the Lead365 National Conference... Continue Reading →
5 Funny Videos To Use in Your RA Training Presentations
RA Training and residence hall opening is upon us and I wanted to share some videos I've used in training presentations that I think you might want to use too. There are a lot of AMAZINGLY talented folks out there who have put together some great videos, but it's hard to find the ones that... Continue Reading →
Stop. Think. Are you engaged at work? Why do you work in HigherEd?
Yesterday, I came across this interesting infographic mashup that maps worker engagement onto the classic pyramid of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. (Thanks for sharing Dustin Ramsdell!) Given that I am job searching myself, while also attempting to build a culture of engagement at my current institution, this infographic really spoke to me. Much like Tuckman's theory... Continue Reading →
Residence Life Explained in Emoji: The Poster
I've always been fascinated by how mobile communications are increasingly pushing us towards more visual forms of communication and expression. Memes, animated gifs, and, of course, emoji. With the beginning of the year upon us... RA training... residence hall opening... I thought it was appropriate to rework some of the emoji series I did last... Continue Reading →
Presenting at Indiana University Southeast Today…
I have the pleasure of presenting to the faculty, staff and students of Indiana University Southeast today on the impact of social media on college student development as well as college students and their digital reputations. Here are some additional resources that may be of use to those in attendance and others. For faculty and staff attendees: To... Continue Reading →
Have You Made Yourself Clear? Leadership Lessons from Amelia Bedelia [REBLOG]
To say that I adored Amelia Bedilia growing up is an understatement. The folks over at LEAD365 put together this cute little post on the leadership lessons you can takeway from this timeless childhood classic.
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As an early reader, I was constantly devouring books, taking special note of the ones that made me laugh and the ones that made me think. One of my early favorites? Amelia Bedelia. For those unfamiliar, the Amelia Bedelia book series was written by Peggy Parish as a a way to explain idioms and figurative language to kids. For example, when asked to make a sponge cake…she includes real sponges. When asked to draw the drapes, her boss returns to a picture of the windows, drapes still wide open. The bumbling housekeeper was endearing and hardworking, but never seemed to understand precisely what she should be doing. As I moved into a role where I got to call the shots, I realized that Amelia Bedelia and her misunderstandings are far more common than we could ever imagine. So how do you, as a leader or supervisor of students, ensure that…
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Another Reason Not to Like the Word…..Bloat [REBLOG]
I have struggled with (and frequently get angry) at the ease with which “administrative bloat” is tossed around as a main contributor to rising costs in higher education. If we truly want universal access (and completion), it necessarily means we’re admitting students who have more complex needs. Students that may have traditionally been denied access or for whom the dream of a college degree never seemed possible. Who is to do the work of supporting these students? This is where I think the “bloat” argument goes horribly wrong. Where is the middle ground? If you think administrators are not educators or do not contribute to access and retention, then you don’t understand higher education.
The following post from Jodi Koslow Martin on the SAfeminists blog gives voice to some of these problematic issues…
by Jodi Koslow Martin
I am sensitive to a few issues in higher education. When I say “sensitive,” I mean there are a few matters in higher education that are incredibly important and incredibly challenging at the same time. From my own research, I’ve become sensitive to getting first-year students enrolled in classes taught by full-time faculty in their first semester of college. I’m sensitive to the needs in the lives of Resident Hall Directors; to live and work in the same place can make it really difficult to set essential personal boundaries. And, of late, I am extremely sensitive to the critique of higher education that the cost of college is so high because of administrative bloat. I already had an issue with the word ‘bloat’ for obvious reasons. The basis for my current touchiness to this word relates to my personal experience as a vice president at a…
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Are wearables turning us into the cyborgs of science fiction?
It might be happening sooner than you think...
On Grade Inflation and Accountability for Student Learning
There is a lot of fuss about grade inflation at colleges and universities, but are we correctly identifying the problem or just a symptom? I think that the real question we should be asking ourselves as educators is: What is the best way to measure and assess student learning? So what is grade inflation, exactly?... Continue Reading →
An Inforgraphic Explaining How Res Life is Like Star Trek (from @jessmsamuels)
I'm a SUPER huge fan of Jess Samuels work. She has an *amazing* talent for capturing concepts (and funny things) visually. The infographic below, explaining "how working in reslife is like living in the STAR TREK universe," originally appeared on the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog. Enjoy.
Saying Goodbye to Boston, in Photos…
It's been four great years, Boston, but it's time to say goodbye and move on to my next adventure. I've learned to love New England (particularly in the summer... ahem), and I thought the best way to say goodbye was through some pictures I took of this iconic city and amazing region... The iconic Fenway Park.... Continue Reading →
Leadership Lessons from…Curious George [REBLOG]
I always loved Curious George growing up… and this article from my friends at LEAD365 helps shed some light on why. In many ways, it reminds me of Steve Jobs’ famous quote to always “Stay hungry… stay foolish.” Taking delight and surprise in the world around me is what keeps me motivated. It’s something that I never hope I lose. Forever curious, George…
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Yes, that one. The one you’re thinking of. Although it may not seem wise to follow the example of the monkey that ate enough of a puzzle to get sent to the ER, it might surprise you to realize just how many admirable leadership qualities that this mischievous monkey truly possesses.
Why is Curious George a great model for leadership development?
IMAGE CREDIT: KPBS
He uses his resources. The first time I thought about Curious George as a model for creativity and leadership, it was while watching a Valentine’s Day episode. George realizes that he wants to make valentines for many of his neighborhood friends, but is running short on time. He explores the empty apartment for tools to help speed up his work- utilizing things like blocks and his tricycle- before finally settling on sponges and an unplugged waffle iron (see left).
When we’re in positions of leadership, we…
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Exciting Goings On: Being a Part of the ACPA Digital Task Force 2.0
The following post originally appeared on the ACPA Digital Task Force Website. I'm excited to announce that I will be a part of round 2 of this effort. Specifically, I will be continuing my collaboration with Erik Qualman and others to develop educators guides and supplemental materials for the book to which we contributed,... Continue Reading →
Why do we LOSE OUR MINDS when it comes to social media? [NEACUHO Keynote Video]
Last Friday, I *gave* one of the four mini keynotes at the NEACUHO 2015 Annual Conference. Unfortunately I couldn't be there in person, but I did record the following to be shown in my absence. In it, I explore why, as educators, we seem to experience such paralysis and paranoia when it comes to... Continue Reading →
11 Deliciously Retro Student Affairs Book Covers To Make Fun Of
Last Fall, ACPA released an EXCELLENT website that walks through a history of student affairs and college student educator practice as told through the seminal publications of the Association. If you haven't had a chance to take a look, I encourage you to scroll through them. In many cases you can click to see their full text.... Continue Reading →
3 Pieces of Advice Orientation Leaders Should Give First Year Students
Over the weekend, I had the privilege of speaking to the New Student Orientation Leaders at Keene State College in New Hampshire. They were amazing, as orientation leaders always are, and made me feel welcome. (Even singing me a special birthday song!) In preparing to talk to these student leaders, I reflected on my own... Continue Reading →
The Dreaded LinkedIn Summary…Some Tips for Students
If you aren’t following the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) blog, I highly encourage you to do so. You don’t even need to work in Career Services to benefit. There are great tips here for your own job search or general work with students. Check out the following post about writing LinkedIn summaries. Great stuff!
Ross Wade, assistant director, Duke University Career Center
Personal blog: http://mrrosswade.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosswade
Blogs from Ross Wade.
Students understand more and more the power of LinkedIn, and the importance of not only being on LinkedIn, but also actually using it to successfully market themselves and connect with professionals. I feel like I’ve worked with a gazillion students on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile, and the one section that causes my students the most problems is that dang summary section! In advising sessions the following questions always come up: “Do I use first or third person?” “How long should it be?” “Should I discuss my passion for baking?” “Should I list skills…isn’t that redundant since there is that ‘Skills & Endorsements’ section already in my profile?” “Do I really even need a summary?”
Yes! Students should totally take advantage of the summary section!
Earlier this year…
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12 Tricks to Appear Smart in Emails (from thecooperreview.com)
I loved the first post on "10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings" from thecooperreview.com, but then they came up with this gem! Amazing! Go check out their site. It has some pretty great content. And you can buy a lot of the items on posters, mugs and such. BIG FAN!
Named one of the “Top 50 Blogs to Follow in HigherEdTech”
"Look no further for the smartest and savviest bloggers in higher education." I'm excited to be joining the good company of my friends and colleagues on EdTech Magazine's 2015 Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs. This is my first year making the list, but my perennial favorites are still there... Laura Pasquini, Josie Ahlquist,... Continue Reading →
The Time I Visited JetBlue Headquarters
As my friend Keith said, "The circle completes itself." When I started traveling and interacting with JetBlue on Twitter, I never intended nor thought my journey would take me here... and yet, nevertheless, this week had me heading to JetBlue's Long Island City headquarters to present to the crew members of JetBlue. I had the opportunity to... Continue Reading →
10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings (from thecooperreview.com)
I came across this post from thecooperreview.com and it had me laughing with just how oddly accurate it is. So if you're attempting to appear smart in meetings, this infographic has got you covered! (UPDATE: They also have it in poster and mug form!)
8 PechaKucha Video Talks From #SAgrads and Future Student Affairs Professionals
This past semester while teaching in Merrimack College's Higher Education Program, I played around with a new assignment for my students. Instead of the standard end-of-the-year "lessons learned" presentation in my practicum class, I had my students do it in a PechaKucha-style format. As you may remember, PechaKucha is 20 slides set to automatically advance every... Continue Reading →
Examples of #SAgrad Online Professional Portfolios
In the practicum course I taught in the Merrimack College Higher Education program this semester, I had the students experiment with the creation of online portfolios. Online portfolios can be an excellent opportunity to promote reflective practice as well as give students a leg up in the job search. They can follow you throughout your... Continue Reading →
PRESENTATION VIDEO: University Driven Social Media for Engagement
I had the opportunity to present with #SAgrad superstar, Craig Bidiman, on how colleges and universities can leverage social media as a means of engaging their students. The following video comes from the 2015 NASPA conference and gives a broad overview of the philosophy, approaches, and mindset departments must take to go beyond seeing social... Continue Reading →
Social Media Doesn’t Replace The Real World*
*but it can enhance it if used smartly. Usually, rants about how "social media is making us antisocial" and "social media is ruining our ability to enjoy the 'real' world" drive me INSANE. Unfortunately, many who take this track use it as an opportunity to assert some moral high ground.. that by giving up social... Continue Reading →
PRESENTATION VIDEO: Flipping Out: Concepts of Inverted Classrooms for Teaching and Training
I had the pleasure of presenting with Dr. Susan Marine, one of my fellow faculty members at Merrimack College, on concepts of classroom flipping. What is flipping? Here's a useful definition from Wikipedia: Flipped classroom is an instructional methodology and a type of blended learning that delivers instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom and moves activities, including... Continue Reading →
Designing Kick Butt Presentations [VIDEO]
My friend and colleague, Dr. Laura Pasquini, asked if I could do a quick video lesson for her students on how to design and deliver great presentations. The end result was the video below. Hopefully you will find this a practical, accessible, and easy how-to guide for your own work. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSRgO0qouA0
Checklist: Selecting Technology for Learning [REBLOG]
The following post comes from Laura Pasquini which shares an excellent model for determining how one should go about integrating digital technology into course content and deciding what are the most appropriate approaches given the content and context. Tony Bates’ SECTIONS model is a practical and useful tool to have in your digital teaching arsenal. Read on…
With so many possibilities for digital learning, selecting media and technologies for appropriate course instruction is a very complex process. Although there are a wide range of options in the ed tech realm, pedagogical considerations should always come first. Instructors should reflect on the learning objective and desired outcomes for their subject matter before identifying identifying technological applications for the course.
The SECTIONS model, developed by Tony Bates (2015), is a pedagogical framework for determining what technology, specifically how this technology will be appropriate for instructional approaches. This might include identifying and determining pedagogical characteristics of text, audio, video, computing, and social media. With this framework, Bates (2015) asks five critical questions for teaching and learning for technology and media selection:
- Who are the learners?
- What are the desired learning outcomes from the teaching?
- What instructional strategies will be employed to facilitate the learning outcomes?
- What are the unique educational characteristics of…
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SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @ChrisJScanlon
I first met Chris when he was interviewing for a job at one of my former institutions. Although the job didn't mutually work out, it was clear to me from the day we met that Chris was going places. He tweets about donuts, hockey, and running, and occasionally you'll find him on an #SAchat dropping some wisdom.... Continue Reading →
What Are The Most Popular Social Media Platforms for College Students?
When I'm speaking and consulting, I frequently get asked by clients what the most platforms are and which one's they should be on. The question is actually more complex than just finding the most popular platforms. In part, your question should be: What do you want to do and what is the best social media... Continue Reading →
Video Introducing “Digitized Student Development Theory”
What do our college student development theories look like when we give them a digital update? How might social media be changing the ways students develop and understand themselves? What are the implications for college student educator practice? The following was originally presented at the 2015 NASPA Convention as a part of the SAspeaks series.... Continue Reading →
ERMAHGERD! It’s Student Affairs!
Ah yes. Those awkward teenage years. A period that spawned this meme--meant to approximate the sound of speaking through an orthodontic retainer. Interested in the history of the meme? Check out this entry in KnowYourMeme and the video below. When you're ready... it's time for ERMAHGERD! ITH THUDEN AFFUTH! Got your own? Through them in the... Continue Reading →
How to Blog with Confidence #SAwrites
Blogging takes courage. It requires confidence. It requires you to put your thoughts and ideas out there for everyone to read. It requires that you be open to feedback, open to change, and open to exposing the sometimes messy process of your learning to the world. I've been blogging in earnest for the past three... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @NikiMessmore
Niki always puts out great content and is quick to provide an insightful thought or tweet. She has a very successful blog, Dances With Dissonance, which covers a number of topics both within higher education and outside of it, including social justice, feminism, life transitions, and professional issues. Consider giving her a follow! Follow @NikiMessmore This... Continue Reading →
What’s in a desk? Organizing for productivity.
A number of writers on the "Student Affairs Women Talk Tech" blog (Joise Ahlquist, Kristen Abell, and Jennifer Keegin) posted pictures of their desks and wrote posts describing their work space and how they personalize it and organize it for productivity. I decided to take a cue from them and share my own desk as well as... Continue Reading →
3 Real Takeaways from Hulu’s Fake Peek Into Residence Life [REBLOG]
I was able to get a “sneak peek” at Hulu’s new original series “Resident Advisors” before it came out. (Check out Klout which gives you freebies and perks according to your level of influence on social media.) After watching the first episode, here are my initial thoughts:
- It’s not that funny. I struggled to make it past 10 minutes of the first episode.
- It really has nothing to do with being a RA and it doesn’t care (not that I think it should). Residence life is merely the setting. This could be any aspect of college life in the overdone “college movie” genre… swap greek life for residence life… an off campus apartment for a residence hall room… have it take place during spring break… etc.
- There *may be the opportunity for some video clips to use in RA training, although the parody is so over the top, it may be minimal.
- This series isn’t likely to last past the first season.In my opinion, that pretty much sums up everything you need to know.I also wanted to share this blog post from the always-thoughtful and thought provoking Amma Marfo. Here’s her take:
“Our lives could be a TV show.”
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I can’t tell you how often I hear that remark from people at the office- and have heard it, regardless of where I’ve worked. Those pleas get answered in the most seemingly random of ways; It would appear that enough current and former RAs have verbalized this need that we received Resident Advisors, which premiered on Hulu this past Thursday.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am still warming to the humor. I’m working hard to give it a chance because, as is often the case, I am a fan of several of the people involved. And additionally, as someone who did have several ridiculous situations happen to her as an RA, its always nice to see how our lives get dramatized. But even as I continue to adjust to how the story is being told, I’ve…
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The Time I Presented On My Improbable Love Affair With JetBlue
When I had the opportunity to take the big stage at a recent conference and discuss my philosophy on life, I knew I had to talk about my relationship with JetBlue! And now you can see it, too. It was titled, "My Improbable Love Affair with JetBlue, and What it Can Teach You About Loving... Continue Reading →
Available on Amazon Today! What Happens On Campus Stays On YouTube
Today is the day! The "What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube," the book to which I am a contributing author, is available for shipping! A great work geared towards college students that helps them understand their digital identity and the potentials and pitfalls of interacting online. You can order yours on Amazon now! Want a peek inside... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: The Guy With The Wand Who Got Fired Because Of A Facebook Post
Can Facebook get you fired? You bet it can. This is the story of Kevin Colvin, a bank intern. Kevin needed to "go out of town" suddenly and sent his boss the following email: Well, the "something that came up at home" was actually just a party that Kevin wanted to attend. He posted photos... Continue Reading →
2 Years Later: #SAgrad Student Affairs Stories From The Boston Marathon
It's been two years to the day since the bomb went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013. As I reflect on the events of this day, I wanted to re-share the stories of the graduate students who were in the practicum course I was teaching at the time. They all represent... Continue Reading →
Presenting at Indiana State University today…
I have the pleasure of presenting to and consulting with the faculty, staff and students of Indiana State University today on the use of social media in engaging students. Here are some additional resources that may be of use to those in attendance and others. For faculty and staff attendees: To see examples of colleges and universities using... Continue Reading →
Guest Appearance on HigherEdLive: Social Media/Justice/Change and Yik Yak [VIDEO]
I appeared on a HigherEdLive broadcast along with co-guest, colleague, and friend, Vernon Wall, and host Heather Shea Gasser to talk about social media and its intersections with social justice and change. Vernon and I talked about our collaboration on a combined social justice and social media training as well as recent events in higher education surrounding the use of Yik... Continue Reading →
20 Memes to Get You Through Residence Hall Closing #ResLife
The following cross-post comes from the AMAZING, INCOMPARABLE Marci Walton. Marci and I recently collaborated with Josie Ahlquist and Renee Piquette Dowdy in presenting a session at the 2015 NASPA convention on blogging in higher education in student affairs. She's great people. Follow Marci on twitter. Originally posted at MarciWalton.com: Closing is upon us. The... Continue Reading →
Dear RAs, I want you to STOP PROGRAMMING!
It's time to move beyond the clichés and towards student learning centered work in our residence halls. The residential curriculum model offers promise for conceptualizing some of our tired old practices. It's time for a curricular reboot!
When you play the Student Affairs Game of Thrones…
When you play the Student Affairs Game of Thrones... There is no middle ground. The end of the year comes with a flurry of activities and work for student affairs professionals. In that spirit, and in honor of the return of Game of Thrones this weekend, a variation on the "brace yourselves" meme... For the... Continue Reading →
Adding ‘Digital Identity’ to your Student ‘Development’ Syllabus [REBLOG]
Once a month I reblog a post from a colleague that I think deserves to be shared more widely. This month’s comes from Dr. Paul Eaton, who is researching similar topics as myself: the impact of social media and digital technology on the college student developmental process (or as Paul would describe it, “becoming”). Take a look at this great post from Paul on how one may integrate concepts of “digital identity” into traditional college student development courses. Some great resources here.
It is the start of spring semester here at Louisiana State University. I am fortunate, blessed, and honored to once again be co-teaching our Master’s Level Student Development Theory course, alongside Dr. Danielle Alsandor and Kristin Satterlee (pedagogically, team-teaching is an incredible opportunity to add diverse perspectives to a classroom).
We have decided to add discussions of ‘digital identity’ to our syllabus. This is an ethical responsibility, necessary and important for future leaders in our profession. If you are teaching student development theory this spring, or in the near future, consider adding this important new component to your syllabus.
Many synoptic texts do not currently have chapters dedicated to this topic, so here is a list and brief overview of some readings we are including this spring.
Becoming and Belonging
This chapter, by Rob Cover (2014), is part of an excellent edited text from the University of Wisconsin Press entitled
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Guest Appearance on HigherEdLive: The Future of Digital Education [VIDEO]
I was pleased to be a part of this week's HigherEdLive broadcast along with my amazing collaborators and friends on ACPA's Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology. The video of our show is embedded below. I think there are some really great nuggets of wisdom in here. Laura Pasquini also curated a Storify of the backchannel.... Continue Reading →
Beyond the Grade: Digital Badges to Certify Learning
Grades are not the only way of assessing student work. There are a number of colleges and universities that have experimented with alternative approaches to the traditional letter grade. One such college, Reed College in Oregon, provides students with more detailed feedback and assessment in addition to grades. As stated in their Guidebook, “Students' work... Continue Reading →
REVEALED! Researchers Uncover Chickering’s Previously Undiscovered Eight Vector
Researchers at the National Student Affairs Archives at Bowling Green State University recently uncovered notes revealing a missing "eighth vector" from Chickering's well known student development theory. The missing vector was developed by a mysterious third researcher. Many scholars of student development theory are aware of Arthur Chickering's work with Linda Reisser in 1993. An update to Chickering's... Continue Reading →
How do you prioritize urgent versus important in your work?
One useful tool I use in organizing myself and understanding my work is known as the Eisenhower Productivity Matrix. Detailed in my presentation below, it divides tasks into four quadrants with two variables: urgent and important. How do you or how might you apply these principles into your daily work?
Excited to be *virtually* keynoting NEACUHO 2015
I'm pleased to be one of four mini-keynotes opening this summer's NEACUHO Annual Conference. I'm doing a twist on some new content I've been working on. (See Below.) Unfortunately I won't be able to be there in person, but via video. I promise to share it after it's presented live.
Draft Report and Recommendations from ACPA’s Task Force on Digital Technology
The following post originally appeared on the ACPA Digital Task Force's website. I have been proud to serve alongside some amazing colleagues on the Task Force this year and the following represents the initial draft report of the group. Please consider giving your feedback on the original post so we can improve it. Video from ACPA... Continue Reading →
#NASPA15 Presentation: How to Network Digitally for Professional Development and Relationship-Building
This panel started with a tweet. Christina Ferrari sent our a message asking if anyone wanted to collaborate on a session about leveraging digital networks for professional development. The result is an exciting collaboration involving a panel of presenters, many of whom have only previously met virtually. Come join us and/or follow the twitter back channel #SAconnect!... Continue Reading →
Listening In On And Making Sense of the NASPA Yik Yak Backchannel at #NASPA15 #YY15
As someone who researches social media and the higher education environment, it is rare that I come across an example of something that points the microscope inwards towards the behaviors, actions, thoughts and attitudes of higher education and student affairs professionals themselves. At the NASPA conference this year, that exact thing happened. (It also happened... Continue Reading →
#NASPA15 Presentation: Flipping Out: Concepts of Inverted Classrooms for Teaching and Training
One of my fellow faculty members in the Merrimack College Higher Education Program, Susan Marine, and I collaborated to create a session about the concept of flipping learning environments. Susan is using an example from her teaching and I created an example for a training event. It is appropriate for both faculty and professions. Come join... Continue Reading →
#NASPA15 Presentation: University Driven Social Media for Engagement Not Just broadcasting
Craig Bidiman and I are combing forces for a program session at the 2015 NASPA International Convention. This session is intended for all levels of professionals who want to learn about how to utilize social media tools strategically to engage students. Come join us and/or follow the twitter back channel #SAsocial! Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am... Continue Reading →
#NASPA15 Presentation: Towards A Digital College Student Development Theory
I am proud to be selected as one of this year's SAspeaks presenters. SAspeaks talks are similar in style to TEDtalks. They are meant to be short (no more than 15 minutes) and focus on one main idea. This year I am doing an SAspeaks based off of my continuing research on the impact of... Continue Reading →
Formal learning empowers the teacher. Informal Learning empowers the student.
Any of my good colleagues and friends who are doing research into college students and social/digital technology will tell you that the distinction between formal and informal learning is an important one to understand. Small and Vorgan (2011) state that technology has ushered in “a new culture of communication—no longer dictated by time, place, or even how... Continue Reading →
5 Quick Social Media Strategies for Educators
I was pleased to have one of my slide presentations selected by HaikuDeck as a "Featured Deck." It's a quick and simple short set of slides to give you some reminders of how to interact online as an educator. This was also uploaded and featured as a part of SlideShare's 2015 Upload Campaign.
Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the #NASPA15 Convention
And now for part two of the yearly tradition, a run down of all the technology-related program sessions at the upcoming NASPA conference. I will be presenting/co-presenting a few (and by few, I mean six... lol). Check them out below. In case you missed the round-up from ACPA, it is here. See you in New... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: Incoming ACPA VP @DeanDonnaLee
Donna is the incoming Vice President of ACPA and someone you need to follow. If you're looking for a deep thought, a quote, or just something to inspire you, Donna can do that. She is passionate about life and about learning and it shows through her tweets. Follow @DeanDonnaLee This is a post from my ongoing effort to highlight interesting and... Continue Reading →
Why you should “like” things… Including this post.
Liking matters on Facebook... and any other platform that uses a news feed algorithm for that matter. When people "like" something, it can mean many different things. It can literally mean you like something. Sometimes it's to indicate thoughts of sympathy or empathy (something that you don't really literally like, per se). Sometimes it just indicates... Continue Reading →
Building Your Online Personal/Professional Brand
The following is a presentation I gave last year on building one's own "personal brand" online. It was kicking around the archives, so I thought I'd share in case you find it useful.
Why SAPros Are Really Superheroes In Disguise [REBLOG from @JessMSamuels]
Every month I like to re-blog a post I find particularly interesting, insightful, or just plain fun. This month’s reblog comes from Jess Samuels (@jessmsamuels) and includes an amazing infographic she designed. Some truly excellent work!
#ACPA15 Presentation: My Improbable Love Affair… with JetBlue
I'm excited to take the stage once again to be presenting a PechaKucha style presentation at the 2015 National Convention of ACPA-College Student Educators International. Last year I did a more serious research-focused presentation and this year I'm going the fun and inspirational route. I'll post the video when it's available, but until then, enjoy... Continue Reading →
#ACPA15 & #NASPA15 Presentation: Social Media Researchers Panel
At the 2015 ACPA and NASPA National Conventions, we've brought together a group of four researchers (1 newly minted doctor and three soon-to-be) who study social media and technology and their effects on college students. In this panel, each researcher will present a brief overview of their work followed by a question and answer session.... Continue Reading →
#ACPA15 Presentation: What Grad School Didn’t Teach You About Your Digital Life
Josie Ahlquist and I are proud to be collaborating on an exciting session for the upcoming 2015 International Convention of ACPA-College Student Educators International. This session is intended for all levels of professionals who want to learn about how to develop a positive digital presence online and leverage digital and social tools for professional development. This practical session... Continue Reading →
#ACPA15 & #NASPA15 Presentation: #SAwrites: Blogging in Student Affairs and Higher Education
I am pleased to be presenting on blogging in higher education and student affairs with some amazing colleagues at the ACPA Convention this week and at the NASPA convention later in the month. To go along with our session, we’ve created a resource page. I’ve included it here, but you can point your browsers to SAwrites.com at... Continue Reading →
#SAconnect Chat Tonight! Digital Networking for Professional Development
I have the privilege of collaborating with some amazing professionals on an upcoming session at NASPA: Wednesday, March 25: 9:00am - 9:50am #SAconnect: How to Network Digitally for Professional Development and Relationship Building 209 - Convention Center To preview, build on, and prepare for our session, please join Christina Ferrari, John Rodriguez, Lisa Endersby, Rebecca Windover, and Briana Mathew for... Continue Reading →
Excited to Share: I am the new Interim Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Fashion Institute of Technology
I am VERY excited to announce that I have accepted the position of Interim Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. FIT is an amazing world class institution with a vibrant student community in the heart of Manhattan. I am incredibly honored to be working... Continue Reading →
What I Did on National Adjunct Walkout Day and Why You Should Care
The first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day was this past Wednesday, a day I also happened to be teaching as an adjunct faculty member. I didn’t walk out of my class, but I did use the first few minutes of class to highlight an issue that I think is important: the benefit-less extremely low pay... Continue Reading →
Our NEW Book For College Students: “What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube” #excited
It's been a loooooong time coming... and keeping quiet about it was incredibly difficult... but the time is here to FINALLY announce a new book collaboration between Erik Qualman, myself, Dr. Laura Pasquini, Courtney O'Connell and Jason Meriwether: What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube So what is this book about? Many of you might already be familiar with Erik... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: Western Illinois University’s #UnSelfie Campaign
Some graduate students at Western Illinois University decided to turn the concept of the selfie on its head. They created the UN-selfie campaign to highlight people doing good deeds in the university community. Faculty, staff and students got involved by tagging tweets and photos of people and social good with the hashtag #WIUnselfie. Check out their... Continue Reading →
Remembering the Wisdom of Steve Jobs on His Birthday
When I'm working at my desk, Steve Jobs watches over me. He reminds me to keep things simple and strive for excellence. Since today he would have turned 60 years old, I wanted to share a few of the quotes from him that remind me to stay hungry and foolish.
Overly Attached #StudentAffairs Colleague
They're always waiting of you... ready to do the things in your job you don't want to do... it's the Overly Attached Student Affairs Colleague. (A variation of the Overly Attached Girlfriend meme.) Enjoy friends.
Presenting at Longwood University this weekend… #SJLAS15
I'm INCREDIBLY excited to be presenting with Vernon Wall this weekend to do a combined talk on social justice and social media for both the students and the faculty/staff at Longwood University. I know some people have presented on this topic before, but I think what Vernon and I have come up with is something that is... Continue Reading →
Social, Digital and Tech Program Picks for the 2015 ACPA Convention
Time for the yearly tradition! A look at the 2015 ACPA conference schedule to identify all of the social media and technology related sessions on offer. There are a lot to choose from this year (including a few go my own... shameless plug). Click on the program titles to find out more. See you in... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @EricaKThompson
Erica is enthusiastic and always willing to reach out and make new friends. She is heavily involved in the #SAchat community, so if you ever participate in one of the weekly chats, it's highly likely she might be the mysterious moderator behind the account. Check out her blog and give her a follow... Follow @EricaKThompson This is a post... Continue Reading →
Presenting at SUNY Buffalo State today… and CSPA-NYS…
I'm having a whirlwind couple of days in Buffalo presenting on a number of topics to the faculty, staff and students at SUNY Buffalo State and the professional in CSPA-NYS. Here are some additional resources that may be of use to those in attendance and others. For the Buffalo State attendees: Need to get up to speed on how to use these... Continue Reading →
Why Timehop is the app everyone should have on their phone right now… [REBLOG]
In honor of my (now aborted) trip to the Crossroads of America, Indiana, this month’s reblog comes from Michael Anthony Goodman. Reading Michael’s posts is like getting a piece of candy in the middle of the day. I always get a little excited. Check out this post on the app Timehop. I’ve been using Timehop... Continue Reading →
The Time Yahoo Travel Wrote An Article About JetBlue and Me
I was featured in a Yahoo Travel article highlighting some of my fun adventures with JetBlue. It's truly been a fun-filled amazing adventure... Link to Original Article Inside the Kooky (and Perk-Filled) World of a JetBlue Superfan Some people become fans of Star Wars or the Seahawks or Taylor Swift. But Paul Gordon Brown’s fandom has taken... Continue Reading →
Tend To Your Student Affairs Professional Garden
There is a lot of free professional development available online and ways you can grow your own personal learning network. The following slide deck comes from some of the presentations I give on this topic. Who says professional development has to cost? Enjoy.
Send A “Student Development Valentine” To Your Favorite Student Affairs Pro
I didn't come up with this idea, but I sure wish I had... because it's BRILLIANT. Use a famous student development theorist to say "I love you" to that special student affairs professional in your life. Damien Snook posted these last year, and I decided to re-share his and add a few of my own. Damien's designs... Continue Reading →
Presenting at the University of New Hampshire Today…
I have the pleasure of presenting to the faculty and staff of the University of New Hampshire today on the use of social media in engaging students. Here are some additional resources that may be of use to the UNH staff and others: To see examples of colleges and universities using social media in creative ways,... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: Nuzzel Social News Reader
Nuzzel is an amazing little app/web service that helps surface the news your friends and others in your network care about. Log into Nuzzel and connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Then, daily, or at an interval of your choice, you will receive an email containing the most shared links of the day from those in... Continue Reading →
The University-as-Theater: Are we just putting on a performance?
Is the university just an act of theater obscuring what is... or isn't going on? Are we caught up in traditions that have shielded us from realizing our own faults? from public criticism? Are we ready for the impending changes to higher education as a whole? Thinking about higher education as a theatrical performance exposes some... Continue Reading →
A Timeline of Student Affairs History
Click to Expand I tried to capture some of the major publications in student affairs history as well as important moments in the growth of ACPA and NASPA. Think I should add something? Let me know in the comments below. UPDATE: Great feedback from everyone on the timeline. I'm thinking of creating an "Equitable Timeline of... Continue Reading →
Hey #SAgrad! Buy this book! “Job Searching in Student Affairs: Strategies to Land the Position YOU Want” by @PGLove33
Job searching in student affairs? A graduate student, new professional or otherwise? But this book: Job Searching in Student Affairs: Strategies to Land the Position YOU Want by Patrick Love I had the immense privilege to get a preview of this book while Patrick was writing it. I helped with some light editing, advice and... Continue Reading →
“Go Digital In Your Job Search” Webinar on February 26 #SAsearch
I'm excited to be collaborating with Josie Ahlquist on an upcoming Studentaffairs.com webinar, Go Digital In Your Job Search. This webinar is a mash-up of the knowledge Josie and I have acquired over the past few years doing sessions like these at conferences and to graduate programs. It's exciting to see what we have coming together... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @Kristen_Abell
Kristen is a great follow if you want to stay current on tech in higher education and student affairs. Kristen is one of the co-founders of the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog, and she maintains her own blog on topics ranging from technology to mental health. Kristen and I serve on the ACPA Task... Continue Reading →
10 Questions To Think About Before Starting That PhD
Getting a PhD is not a decision to take lightly. Having been a full-time student for three and a half years now, I wanted to share some of the questions I think you need to ask yourself before you apply and begin in order to be set up for success. If you can successfully answer all of... Continue Reading →
Top Tips from #SAchat on Preparing Your Resume for a #StudentAffairs #SAsearch
The Student Affairs Collective hosted an excellent Twitter Chat (#SAChat) on resumes last summer. Many of the tweets echoed the advice and thoughts that I've encountered in my teaching of Higher Education Masters students. Below you'll find a curated list of what I consider to be some of the "best tips" and thoughts. You can also... Continue Reading →
The Student Development Transit System Map
I had a lot of fun putting this together! You wouldn't believe how hard it is to get the poster visually right while trying to make sure it makes sense conceptually and theoretically. Too reductionist? Maybe. Areas for improvement? I'm sure. Let me know how you'd try arranging it in the comments below. BUY... Continue Reading →
Presenting at OACUHO/University of Guelph this weekend…
I have the pleasure of heading to Canada today to present twice at the OACUHO Residence Life Conference at the University of Guelph. Growing up in Rochester, NY, going to Canada feels a little bit like coming home. The first session I'll be doing this weekend is to the RAs and student leader's in attendance... Continue Reading →
MORE #StudentAffairs in LEGO
Because we built so much fun together last time, let's build another student affairs meme. (photo credit) (photo credit) (photo credit) (Appropriate photo credit was attempted to be given when possible. Photos without attribution come from LEGO or screen captures from The LEGO Movie. These were created by me and LEGO does not endorse this post.)
SPOTLIGHT: George Washington University’s #ItsOnUs Campaign
Last year, the White House initiated the "It's On Us" campaign to help bring awareness and seek a solution to on-campus sexual assault. It also proactively seeks to change the cultural attitudes on campuses that lead to environments where sexual assault is permitted. The George Washington University heeded this call to action and created a series of... Continue Reading →
5 Outcomes #PechaKucha Presentations Can Teach You
From the first ACPA PechaKucha session, to its adoption as a conference-wide event, a number of faculty have begun to utilize the presentation style as a class assignment for their students. For a few years, I have avoided assigning this to my own students. I thought it was just too hard. That it required too advanced a... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @HeatherGasser
Heather and I are ACPA leadership buddies. She was the Coordinator of Commissions when I was starting as the Coordinator of Standing Committees and now she is the Director of Membership Development and I am her elect. There are numerous points of overlap in our professional journeys and also in our professional interests. Heather is... Continue Reading →
Are you developmentally ready for that PhD?
Starting PhD work isn't something to be taken lightly. First, there are the logistics: Is it the right time in your career to start a PhD? Do you have the time and money to dedicate to it? What program do you chose? For what purpose? Are you seeking an executive-type program or a research-focused program?... Continue Reading →
Presenting at SUNY Geneseo today… An RA Intervention…
I have the immense pleasure to be presenting at my alma mater today, the State University of New York College at Geneseo. They asked me to do a presentation to their Resident Assistants that's spin on my blog post "RAs Are Not Educational Experts." Geneseo's residence life program utilizes a model similar to that of... Continue Reading →
Presenting at University of Rhode Island today…
I'm presenting locally today, and I am grateful to the staff of the University of Rhode Island who are playing host to me. We'll be talking about how to ramp up their social media presence and also how social media may be impacting the student experience. Whenever I speak to audiences on these topics, I... Continue Reading →
Presentation Tip: Become a SlideShare Rockstar!
I'm a big fan of the website SlideShare. Think of it as the YouTube of presentations. You can upload your slides from a presentation to share them with others. I was recently selected to be a "Keynote Author." This is a designation given by SlideShare to select users who are recognized as "top content creators." I'm... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @JLMeriwether06
As odd as it may seem, Jason and I didn't really meet and become friends until last year. Odd, because he's an online rockstar. He blogs, he tweets, he does a little bit of everything. Jason and I serve on the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Social and Digital Technology. I'm also immensely pleased to... Continue Reading →
Presenting at NYIT Today… #NYITdidthat
I am pleased to be speaking with the staff at NYIT today on how they can take their social media engagement to the next level. NYIT is increasingly making a name for itself and social media is one of the strategies by which they're doing it. One of the questions I am posing today is, "What is your... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: LinkedIn for Higher Education
You might think of LinkedIn as just a tool that you use to create a profile, network, and search for jobs. LinkedIn, however, is making a big push into higher education using its treasure trove of data to help institutions engage with prospective students and alumni. Want to know how many people working for Google... Continue Reading →
The Periodic Table of Student Affairs: From Theory to Practice
Help pay back my student loans! Some people asked for it, so I made it available. BUY this as a poster or BUY this as on a mug! The paid version uses a sharper, higher resolution file. There are multiple price points, qualities, and sizes.... All proceeds go to my student loans. Thanks! MORE available in my store!
The History of the Selfie: And it All Began 1839…
Once a month I re-blog a post that I find interesting and want to highlight. This post comes from one of the students in Dr. Jerry Kane’s ISYS 6621 course, Social Media for Managers. It’s a fun look at the selfie phenomenon and what some may consider precursors to it.
iPhoneography Photos From My Travels, 2014 – Last Third
My travel at the end of 2014 slowed down a bit, but there were still many old friends to be seen and new friends to be made. Here's to another great year... All of the pictures are clickable if you want to enlarge them. Feel free to use them as you wish (with attribution). And,... Continue Reading →
Year in Review: EDtech/SAtech Apps, Tools and Websites (2014)
Semi-weekly, I try to highlight innovative and interesting uses of social media in the higher education and student affairs space. The following is a review of all those highlighted in 2014. Follow along in the new year with new spotlights.
Year in Review: My Top Viewed Blog Posts of the Year (2014)
Out of a total of over 150,000 views, the following are my most visited blog posts from 2014. First up the top 5 funny posts, followed by the top 5 of my more serious content.
Year in Review: #HigherEd and #SApros to Follow (2014)
Semi-weekly, I try to highlight higher education and student affairs professional to follow on Twitter and online. The following is a review of all those highlighted in 2014. Follow along in the new year with new spotlights.
Year in Review: My Most Viewed SlideShare Presentations (2014)
I have been on SlideShare since 2010 and am a big proponent of the platform. Think of it as the YouTube of presentations. This year I was designated a "Keynote Author" by SlideShare which saw the traffic to my content increase SIGNIFICANTLY. The following is a review of my most viewed presentations from 2014.
Year in Review: Examples of Social Media use in Higher Education & Student Affairs (2014)
Semi-weekly, I try to highlight apps, web tools and websites that could be of use in the education space. The following is a review of all those highlighted in 2014. Follow along in the new year with new spotlights.
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @LauraPasquini
Dr. Laura Pasquini has been a good friend of mine for a very long time... since we worked at Miami University almost a decade ago. Although we didn't know it then, she and I share a research interest in all things Ed-Tech. She's incredibly knowledgeable, travels the world, and maintains a blog where she shares... Continue Reading →
This was my dissertation proposal hearing… [VIDEO]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJANw2WzfEE As many of you know, a couple of months ago I had my dissertation proposal hearing. For social science dissertations, after one completes their first three chapters, they present it to their committee for approval. The first three chapters typically include an introduction, a review of literature, and your methodology (how you intend to... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: Achieve Inbox Zero with UnrollMe
We all get newsletters, promotions, and list-serve emails sent to our inbox every day. Remember that one item you bought from that one website one time? Now you get their daily emails. It’s information overload. Sometimes managing the email glut is as simple as going through an unsubscribe spree every few months, but other times... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT: Yale’s Admissions Musical Video
In 2010, Yale University produced this highly slick and fun admissions video to highlight the many features of its campus. They used the highly shareable strategy of creating a "musical" about their college. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn3-RW8Ajk Of course, video memes almost always spawn parody and satire. This was the response from Harvard's comedy news show On Harvard... Continue Reading →
Your Ultimate Guide to Giving PechaKucha Presentations
PechaKucha is a special style of presentation that privileges short, powerful messages. I've been experimenting with this style of presentation for almost 5 years. In 2013, I along with a few colleagues were the first to bring this presentation style to student affairs in a session entitled, "The Future of Student Affairs in Six Minutes and Forty... Continue Reading →
Stupid Resume Advice [REBLOG]
paulgordonbrown: Once a month I re-blog a post that I find interesting and want to highlight. This post comes from Patrick Love. It’s a great reminder for the experienced job searcher and a great crash course for the new one. It has some not-so-standard advice you might hear about your resume. Originally posted on Patrick Love's Life: I... Continue Reading →
SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @BDProffer
Brian is a new professional at Michigan State University that blogs about higher education, student affairs, web 2.0, LGBT issues and general life inspirations and observations. He's thoughtful, has some great insights, and is also your "go to" if you want to see tweeted pictures of cute animals (and who doesn't?). Check him out and give him a... Continue Reading →
The Sound of #StudentAffairs: How do you solve a developmental problem like Maria?
It's been a while since my last new set of memes... this time I give you... The Von Trapp family singers...
Presentation Tip: Using Fonts
Here are some quick tips on how to increase the visual impact of your slides through typography. Including: Understanding the types of fonts Using color Breaking up and placing text Text size and bullet points Integrating text and images