The 2019 Brown family holiday picture… and every one since 1968

Happy Holidays! It has been the Brown family tradition for 52 years to document each year’s passage with an annual holiday photo.  Beginning in 1968, the year my parents got married, and continuing through the present day, you can watch as we’ve changed, made (bad) hair and fashion choices, and grown to include a fifth member.  Below you will find our journey beginning with a picture of the house we grew up in (and my parents still live in to the present day).

Consider Donating On My Behalf, As a Diamond Honoree of ACPA!

  I am super humbled and honored to be recognized by ACPA-College Student Educators International as a 2017 Diamond Honoree! The Diamond Honoree program is both a recognition program and a fundraising campaign that recognizes individuals for their contributions to higher education. Two of my colleagues and mentors, Dr. Sue Sanders and Dr. Bob Bonfiglio, nominated me for this award for which I was ultimately selected. They both wrote two wonderful letters in support of me which you can read here and here. Dr. Bob Bonfiglio, who was the Vice President of… Read More

Where do dissertations go when they die?

It’s done. Congratulations! That dissertation you’ve stressed over for months… that you’ve labored over for years… It’s finally complete. You’ve uploaded it to a database, or submitted it to the library, and there it sits. New knowledge. Waiting for discovery. Put on that fancy new robe and stride across the stage. After you pick up your diploma, go ahead and drop your dissertation in the bottomless pit to the left. The sad fact is, your dissertation will likely never be read, remembered, or referenced. If you have a really supportive mom, she… Read More

DOWNLOAD MY DISSERTATION: College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self

I am happy to finally make my entire final dissertation available for all to download and read.  This document represents some of the first qualitative research into how traditionally aged college students use social media and its impact on their development and how they construct identities online.  If you want a more detailed description, I’ve included the abstract below. Interested in downloading it?  In addition to the dissertation now being available on the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, I’ve also made it available as direct download here from my website.

Why I Made the Jump from HigherEd Institution to a HigherEdTech Company

  Two weeks ago I started my first day working (albeit remotely) at the Res Ed software company, Roompact, and it was momentous in many ways for me. Not only is this my first full-time job after completing my PhD; but it is also my first job working for a private company as opposed to working at an institution of higher education.  I know a number of individuals that have made this switch from a higher education institution to a higher education vendor and more people who are contemplating it.  To that end,… Read More