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 appeared in the Cronk of Higher Education and are also here.  Damien’s also on twitter.  Give him a shout out and thank him for sharing his amazing idea! Click the valentine to go to a share page: Bonus!  Damien added a few… Read More

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 this as a poster! Or a greeting card.  Help fund my doctoral dissertation!  The paid version uses a sharper, higher resolution file. For the poster, there are multiple price points, qualities, and sizes….  All proceeds help fund my dissertation…. Read More

Understanding Digital Student Development (Presentation at @NASPA_R1)

I have the pleasure of presenting at the NASPA Region I Annual conference today.  The topic?  How might we re-envision Student Development theory for the digital age.  Below you will find an abbreviated version of my presentation. Some additional resources that might be of interest include: My past posts related to digital identity and identity development in digital/social media contexts. My dissertation research proposal on college students, social media, and the self. An animated video on Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Theory reimagined for social media. A video of my ACPA 2014 PechaKucha title “Digital… Read More

Applying Bronfenbrenner’s Student Development Theory to College Students & Social Media

Tweet (One of my colleagues and friends, Paul Eaton, wrote a great blog post about Bronfenbrenner’s applicability to online/social media spaces.  I also wanted to have a go at the topic, so I purposely didn’t re-read his post until after publishing this one… and there’s agreement… but with a twist… read on…) Urie Bronfenbrenner‘s theory of ecological development is a commonly taught theory in college student development courses.  Although it was developed prior to the existence of the web, it nevertheless represents a highly useful tool for understanding the impact of the web on human… Read More