Presenting at University of Dayton Today…

I am immensely grateful to be hosted by the staff and students in residence life at the University of Dayton today.  I will be giving two talks: one to the professional staff that outlines some of my research as well as tips for engaging students online, and a second one to the student staff members about digital reputation. I’m particularly excited about this presentation because it will be the first one I’ve given after having completed a full draft of my dissertation.  I have noticed that as my research has evolved, I… Read More

How Instagram Perverts The Developing College Student Mind

I came across these compelling images the other day and they immediately struck a chord with me.  Thai photographer Chompoo Baritone posted them to his Facebook page.  They demonstrate how Instagram photos often portray a selective view of reality–often a “perfected image” of life. In my research, I have found that one of the effects of these social media distortions is that they can lead to dissatisfaction with life and even depression amongst college students.  When one constantly consumes perfected images and content, one begins to compare one’s own life against these perfected images.  When one… Read More

Playing Around With Concepts Of College Student Digitized Self-Authorship

Although not the specific focus of my research, it nevertheless occurred to me that some of the behaviors I noticed students exhibiting in my research followed well known and well established developmental patterns.  As a thought experiment, I tried to map some of these behaviors to the classic developmental theories of Marcia Baxter Magolda and Robert Kegan.  This graphic was the result of this experiment.  It is VERY much in draft form and subject to my evolving understanding, but I wanted to put it out into cyberspace for feedback and thoughts about… Read More

The Story of Greg… His Smartphone… And What It Means For College Student Evolution

On his way to class, Greg accomplishes many things.  Buried in his smartphone, he dodges fellow students, almost trips up a set of stairs, and ducks a low tree lying tree branch (remember that next time).  During his ten minute walk, Greg is listening to a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing how contemporary schools kill student creativity.  The irony of this is not lost on him as he rushes off to class in the largest lecture hall on campus.  Subvert the system from the inside! He checks the news.  It is… Read More

3 Pieces of Advice Orientation Leaders Should Give First Year Students

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of speaking to the New Student Orientation Leaders at Keene State College in New Hampshire.  They were amazing, as orientation leaders always are, and made me feel welcome.  (Even singing me a special birthday song!) In preparing to talk to these student leaders, I reflected on my own experience working with first year students and having been an orientation leader.  I came up with a number of tips related to social media that staff working with first year students should keep in mind.  Below I’m… Read More