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.

ACPA member-friends: Vote for me, please! It’s election time.

Hello friends and supporters! I’m running for a position on the Governing Board of ACPA-College Student Educators International. The Director of Membership Development works to retain and recruit members and advance ACPA’s services and professional development efforts for members. If you’re a member of ACPA, please consider voting for me. My bio/application details are below. There are also a number of other positions on the slate…. So get clicking… > VOTE NOW < Title: PhD Candidate College / University / Organization: Boston College Position for which you are applying: Director of Membership Development… Read More

The Difference Between a College Student’s DIGITAL and ONLINE Identity (And Why We’re Getting it Wrong)

As you probably know at this point, my research involves college students and how they construct a sense of self in digital and social media spaces.  In conducting this research, I’ve encountered the term “digital identity” frequently.  I’ve used it, and some of my doctoral student colleague friends have written about it (including Paul Eaton, Josie Ahlquist, and Ed Cabellon).  What I haven’t often found is a clear consensus on what “digital identity” means in a student affairs or college student educator context.  As I’ve furthered my own research, being perfectly clear on this concept (at least… Read More