SPOTLIGHT: The Guy With The Wand Who Got Fired Because Of A Facebook Post

Can Facebook get you fired?  You bet it can. This is the story of Kevin Colvin, a bank intern.  Kevin needed to “go out of town” suddenly and sent his boss the following email: Well, the “something that came up at home” was actually just a party that Kevin wanted to attend.  He posted photos of the party: Kevin’s boss found the photos, and well, let’s say it didn’t end well.  His boss responded with the following email: Kevin was ultimately fired from his position as a result of lying to his… Read More

#ACPA15 Presentation: Analysis and Suggestions for Institutional Social Media

Ed Cabellon and I are excited to be offering up a new collaborative session at the 2015 ACPA Convention.  We’re both bringing our own unique spins on the topic of how institutions of higher education can ramp up and enhance their social media presences to engage students.  Come for a very practical approach to the topic that will leave you with the basics of what you need to think about to get started.  We’ll cover getting the right pieces and players in order, developing an overall strategy, and how to plan for content.  Follow… Read More

The University-as-Theater: Are we just putting on a performance?

Is the university just an act of theater obscuring what is… or isn’t going on?  Are we caught up in traditions that have shielded us from realizing our own faults?  from public criticism?  Are we ready for the impending changes to higher education as a whole?  Thinking about higher education as a theatrical performance exposes some of these questions. Organizational theorists Bolman and Deal recognize two bodies of theory that make up this notion of the university-as-theater. The first, dramaturgical theories, focus internally. They describe performative acts that involve “social interaction among individuals… Read More

10 Questions To Think About Before Starting That PhD

Getting a PhD is not a decision to take lightly.  Having been a full-time student for three and a half years now, I wanted to share some of the questions I think you need to ask yourself before you apply and begin in order to be set up for success. If you can successfully answer all of these questions, then maybe a doctorate is right for you.  These questions \ apply to most PhDs, however I want to acknowledge that I am coming from a higher education doctorate perspective.  Some of them may make more… Read More

Year in Review: Examples of Social Media use in Higher Education & Student Affairs (2014)

  Semi-weekly, I try to highlight apps, web tools and websites that could be of use in the education space. The following is a review of all those highlighted in 2014.  Follow along in the new year with new spotlights.