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.

Creating Digital College Student Citizens Versus Leaders

I recently came across this graphic posted on TeachThought which comes from the minds of Sylvia Duckworth and Jennifer Casa-Todd (blog).  The graphic highlights the distinction between two concepts: Digital Citizenship: Being a good neighbor and responsible ethical partner on the internet and Digital Leadership: Using the internet and social media tools to influence change and improve society

Presenting at Suffolk County Community College Today…

I’m pleased to be presenting to the faculty, staff and students of Suffolk Count Community College today.  As a community college, and an institution with a large number of commuting students, social media and online technologies are an excellent way for engaging and building community with students.  At my two sessions today, I will be speaking about social media, digital reputation, and how to engage online for maximum impact and educational success.  If you’re interested in the resources I am sharing today. or the slides I will be using, I’ve included them here.

#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! 😉