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.

We All Have One. What Is Your Digital Stamp?

We all have one whether we want to or not.  One’s digital stamp, a term coined by Erik Qualman, is the sum total of everything about you in the digital domain.  One’s digital stamp, sometimes referred to as one’s digital identity, is a key concept that we all must be aware of when we interact online.  It is also a particularly salient concept for the rising generation of emerging adults.  So what is a digital stamp?  One’s digital stamp consists of three components:

#ACPA15 Presentation: What Grad School Didn’t Teach You About Your Digital Life

Josie Ahlquist and I are proud to be collaborating on an exciting session for the upcoming 2015 International Convention of ACPA-College Student Educators International.  This session is intended for all levels of professionals who want to learn about how to develop a positive digital presence online and leverage digital and social tools for professional development.  This practical session provides a how-to-guide for beginners and will also offer up some new ideas for more experienced professionals.  Come join us and/or follow the twitter back channel #SAidentity! Friday, March 6, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom… Read More

Designing Your Digital Stamp: Resources for Higher Ed Students, Educators & Future Employers

I have the immense privilege of serving alongside some incredibly talented individuals on the ACPA Digital Task Force.  I wanted to share a recent post by a member of my subgroup, Jason Meriwether, of the “Informed and Responsible Engagement” team.  Our goal is to develop resources for both students and educators on how to promote positive, productive and healthy engagement online.  The following post by Jason talks about student’s digital stamp, or self-presentation online, and how educators might help students navigate this.  The original is posted here. by Jason L. Meriwether  Last week,… 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