Where do dissertations go when they die?

It’s done. Congratulations! That dissertation you’ve stressed over for months… that you’ve labored over for years… It’s finally complete. You’ve uploaded it to a database, or submitted it to the library, and there it sits. New knowledge. Waiting for discovery. Put on that fancy new robe and stride across the stage. After you pick up your diploma, go ahead and drop your dissertation in the bottomless pit to the left. The sad fact is, your dissertation will likely never be read, remembered, or referenced. If you have a really supportive mom, she… Read More

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.

#ACPA16 Presentation: Digitized Student Development, Social Media, and Identity

I’m pleased to be presenting the results of my dissertation research at ACPA this year.  This presentation provides a broad overview of my study, its findings, and implications.  This is one of the first times I am presenting this material in public and I am super excited about it.  If you want to learn more, I’ve included the program abstract and learning outcomes below along with a copy of the presentation slides I will be using.

Watch the Video of My PhD Dissertation Defense, On College Students and Social Media

It’s over!  It’s hard to believe the one of the final steps on my journey is complete.  I want to thank everyone for all of their support throughout this process.  There are far too many of you to mention individually, but I trust you know who you are and how much I appreciate you. If you’d like to watch a video of the public defense of my dissertation (below), I recorded it via live-streaming on Google On Air Hangouts.  This video includes the presentation portion of my defense, which was approximately 15 minutes.  Enjoy! 😉

My PhD Dissertation on College Students and Social Media Reduced To 96 Quotes

Don’t want to spend the time reading through 300 pages of my dissertation work on college students, social media, identity, and selfhood?  No problem.  I pulled out 96 “quotable quotes” from the text.  Consider it the “Reader’s Digest of Dissertations.”  Wondering why 96 and not… 100…?  I just went through the whole thing until I was done. 🙂