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.

Video Introducing “Digitized Student Development Theory”

What do our college student development theories look like when we give them a digital update? How might social media be changing the ways students develop and understand themselves? What are the implications for college student educator practice? The following was originally presented at the 2015 NASPA Convention as a part of the SAspeaks series.  This video gives you a preview into the preliminary results of my doctoral research…

#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

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

Digital Identity Is NOT About (A Separate) Identity At All

My research passion is about college students and how social media and technology impacts the developmental process. Unfortunately, I’ve found a lot of the discourse in student affairs around this subject to be lacking. When you attend a conference session or read a thought piece centered around this topic, they often focus on marketing, technological tools, and their use, rather than what’s occurring at a more theoretical or fundamental level. If articles and sessions do focus on student development, it is often on the byproducts of a larger developmental process rather than on how technology may be changing the… Read More