#NASPA15 Presentation: Towards A Digital College Student Development Theory

I am proud to be selected as one of this year’s SAspeaks presenters.  SAspeaks talks are similar in style to TEDtalks.  They are meant to be short (no more than 15 minutes) and focus on one main idea.  This year I am doing an SAspeaks based off of my continuing research on the impact of social and digital technologies on college student development.  In this talk I lead the audience towards understanding what digitized selfhood may look like.  I hope you’ll join me, but if you are unable, it will be video… 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

Are you developmentally ready for that PhD?

Starting PhD work isn’t something to be taken lightly.  First, there are the logistics: Is it the right time in your career to start a PhD? Do you have the time and money to dedicate to it? What program do you chose? For what purpose?  Are you seeking an executive-type program or a research-focused program? The second set of questions, however, are some that I think are too often overlooked: Are you ready for the rigor and level of thinking required? Are you at a place in your developmental journey to maximize… Read More

This was my dissertation proposal hearing… [VIDEO]

As many of you know, a couple of months ago I had my dissertation proposal hearing.  For social science dissertations, after one completes their first three chapters, they present it to their committee for approval.  The first three chapters typically include an introduction, a review of literature, and your methodology (how you intend to conduct your study). The proposal hearing, at least in our department, involves a brief 10 minute presentation by the student followed by feedback and Q&A with the committee (typically three faculty members).  This portion lasts as long as… Read More

Introducing My Dissertation Topic: College Students, Social Media and the Self

This Thursday, I will (finally) have my dissertation proposal hearing.  This means I will present my proposed dissertation research to my committee and seek approval to move forward into the data collection and analysis phases.  Proposals  generally include the “first three chapters” of a dissertation.  These chapters are typically an introduction, a review of literature, and a research plan including methods of data collection and procedures.  Below you will find a sample from my proposal as well as the presentation I will be using when I present it to my committee.  Enjoy! The following study attempts to… Read More