2017: The Year of College Student Activism and Social Media Organizing

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was one of the most divisive in recent history. In a recent poll by CNN, 85% of Americans reported believing that the country is more divided than in previous years. As we head into 2017, this division is likely to remain steady and perhaps increase. As a result, college campuses in 2017 will likely see an increase in political activism and social unrest approaching levels not seen since the 1960s. Colleges and universities, long the epicenter of many of these movements, will again become the crucible for social… Read More

Just Published: “College Student Development in Digital Spaces” in “Engaging the Digital Generation”

NDSS Volume 155

I’m pleased to share that the new volume of New Directions for Student Services that I’ve been collaborating on for the past year is finally available online!  Engaging the Digital Generation, edited by Josie Ahlquist and Ed Cabellon, focuses on issues confronting college students and higher education professionals related to technology.  The chapters in this volume include: Chapter 1: “A Historical Perspective on Student Affairs Professionals’ Use of Digital Technology” by Cabellon, E. T., & Payne-Kirchmeier, J. Chapter 2: “The Digital Identity of Student Affairs Professionals” by Ahlquist, J. Chapter 3: “A Strategic… Read More

Relaunching SATechResources and (Higher)EdTechResources dot com…

In doing my research I often come across great tutorials on social and digital technology as well as excellent examples of their use in higher education. Rather than keep them to myself, I decided to post them publicly to help others “get up to speed” on these tools and their uses. I’ve been doing this for a number of years now, and as my resource pages grew, it became time for a redesign (and a unification). Enter: HigherEdTechResources.com aka SATechResources.com. Below you will find links to topics on my completely redesigned resources page. It includes… 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.

My Guest Appearance on the #JPspeaks Podcast: Tech, Competencies, and Inclusion

  I was SO pleased to have been the inaugural guest on the first episode of Jamie Piperato’s #JPSPEAKS: Social Justice & Inclusion Podcast for Higher Education Professionals.  Jamie and I had a great conversation about the new ACPA/NASPA Technology Competency for student affairs educators and some of the implications it has for issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  Jamie is an amazing professional putting out some great work.  Take a listen to the podcast and check out her website. Enjoy!