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

What Does Digitized College Student Development Look Like?

A good friend and colleague, David Kasch, presented a paper at the ASHE conference back in 2011 where he attempted to analyze/categorize developmental theories by their narrative patterns.  Some theories represent linear patterns, whereas others are continua, and still others follow intersectional or vector patterns.  The above graphic is a modification of David’s original concept, but should give you an idea as to what these patterns look like.  If you’re familiar with student development theory, it’s highly likely you can quickly grasp which theories fall into which categories.

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.  This video gives you a preview into the preliminary results of my doctoral research…

Adding ‘Digital Identity’ to your Student ‘Development’ Syllabus [REBLOG]

Originally posted on Paul William Eaton:
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…

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 seminal work, Education and Identity.  Lesser known, however, is the contributing research of Dr. R. Simmons whose eighth vector was ultimately left our of the final book.  Reasons why this was vector was ultimately omitted from the… Read More