Four Ways Residence Life Education Can Go Wrong

There are a number of practices in residential life and education that have become commonplace, but that don't always advance our roles as educators and student affairs professionals.  Over my many years in residence life, I've seen the following four ideas surface again and again. They are concepts that seem to be ingrained in our collective... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Beth John

credit: Edgewood College Photo Beth John Current Position and Institution: Director of First Year Experience & Adjunct Faculty in the Higher Education Leadership Graduate Program, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater First Position and Institution: Director of Student Activities, Edgewood College My first professional position was serving as the Director of Student Activities at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Beginning in... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Anne R Stark

Anne R. Stark, PhD Current Position and Institution: Director of Residence Life, University of Central Florida First Position and Institution: Community Director, University of Alabama I used to... well, let’s be real... sometimes still... struggle with the idea that my good work alone speaks for itself. Relationships matter. Everyday relationships will help you soar to... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: George J. Hill

George J. Hill Current Position and Institution: Academic Advisor, Opening Doors Learning Communities, Kingsborough Community College First Position and Institution: Adjunct Advisor, Freshman Services, Kingsborough Community College The most important thing I learned in my first year as a student affairs professional is that it is important to seize the opportunities that present themselves, even if they... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Cory Owen

Cory Owen Current Position and Institution: Director of International Advisement, The Juilliard School First Position and Institution: Designated School Official, The English Language Institute at Texas A&M My first position was not planned at all. I graduated with a degree in English and needed to stay in the small college town for at least another year... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Timothy Gordon

Timothy Gordon Current Position and Institution: Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee First Position and Institution: Resident Director, Michigan State University As a bright-eyed and eager new professional I was excited to start my first post-Master's job working as a Resident Director at Michigan State University. I was assigned to work in a building that... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Ann Marie Klotz

Ann Marie Klotz Current Position and Institution: Dean of Campus Life, New York Institute of Technology First Position and Institution: Residence Hall Director, Albion College I began my professional career two months after I graduated with my undergraduate degree. I knew that the financial obligations I had with my family meant that I could not survive on... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Myra McPhee

Myra M. McPhee Current Position and Institution: Director of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College First Position and Institution: Resident Coordinator, Community Development, La Salle University The career lesson I learned from my first job was the importance of having collateral assignments as a form of professional development.  My primary role was to manage... Continue Reading →

What Does Digitized College Student Development Look Like?

A good friend and colleague, David Kasch, presented a paper at the ASHE conference back in 2011 where he attempted to analyze/categorize developmental theories by their narrative patterns.  Some theories represent linear patterns, whereas others are continua, and still others follow intersectional or vector patterns.  The above graphic is a modification of David's original concept, but should... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Dan Maxwell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRqAYToD-HQ Dan Maxwell Current Position and Institution: Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Houston System Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston First Position and Institution: Residence Hall Director, Office of Residence Life, Syracuse University >My first professional position was as a Residence Hall Director at Syracuse University, my alma mater. ... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Lisa Endersby

Lisa Endersby Current Position and Institution: Experiential Learning Projects Coordinator, Career Services, Queen's University First Position and Institution: Student Experience Advisor, Student Experience Centre, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) I can still vividly remember waiting to cross the stage at my Master’s graduation, having traveled back across the country (from Toronto to British... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Tony Doody

Tony Doody Current Position and Institution: Senior Director of Student Engagement, Rutgers University First Position and Institution: Facility Coordinator - Werblin Recreation Center, Recreational Services, Rutgers University I had just been selected to lead the grand opening and management of a $20 million recreation facility. I was 22 years old, fresh out of college, and... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Todd Porter

Todd Porter Current Position and Institution: Director of Residence Life, The Juilliard School First Position and Institution: Residence Director, The University of Vermont  The most important lesson(s) that I learned as an entry-level are how to be effective in doing your job and recognizing your own limitations and capacity.  First, realizing that I was new... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Doreen Hettich-Atkins

Doreen Hettich-Atkins Current Position and Institution: Senior Assistant to the Associate Provost for Student Life, Ithaca College First Position and Institution: Residence Director, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science) I was a year out of my undergraduate program and didn’t have a Master’s degree yet, but knew I... Continue Reading →

On Professional Competencies and the Student Affairs Philosopher King

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Themes On... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards Current Position and Institution: Speaker and Educator First Position and Institution: Complex Coordinator, University of Delaware My first year was full of friendships, mistakes, learning, and growth. Frankly, it was a very tough experience for me, both personally and professionally. When I look back, I’m very glad I took a three-year approach to my... Continue Reading →

Themes (Part 2): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part... Continue Reading →

Hey #SApro, what was your win today?

When I was starting a new job, one of my good friends who helped me process my first few days would always ask: What was your win today? It was one of those seemingly benign lines that stuck in my head for some reason. What was my win today? What was my win today? What... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Keith Humphrey

Keith Humphrey Current Position and Institution: Vice President for Student Affairs, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo First Position and Institution: Hall Director, Residence Life, The University of Arizona My first job was a wonderful experience that taught me even though I had my Master’s degree, I did NOT know everything. Career and life lessons came regularly.... Continue Reading →

4 Things Every New Digital #SAgrad Should Do 2015

  It's time for a yearly update! My advice for the digital #SAgrad of 2015... So you've recently started your journey towards a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  CONGRATULATIONS!  As a former instructor in a number of these programs, one of the topics I like to review with my students is how they can... Continue Reading →

“Here’s The Story, of a Lovely Lady”: Leadership Lessons from the Brady Bunch [REBLOG]

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I grew up with the Brady Bunch on re-runs after school, so for me, this article from the LEAD365 blog is the bees knees.  As greg might day, it’s FAR OUT!
If you aren’t familiar with LEAD365, you should check out their blog and their national conference.  It includes an amazing slate of speakers and thought leaders.  I was humbled… honored.. pleased… to be asked to be one of the contributing faculty members to it this fall.

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Here’s the Story of a Lovely Lady – Leadership Lessons via The Brady Bunch

No, you aren’t crazy, the title DOES say, “Leadership Lessons via the Brady Bunch”. On Hulu, you can now watch The Brady Bunch in its entirety. You may have watched this show when you were a kid, I know I did. What I didn’t realize is that I really did see every episode back then and it has been wonderful reliving some of those moments all of these years later.

“Mom always says don’t play ball in the house!”

“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

So what does a family sitcom that originally aired in 1967 and ran until 1974 (with lots of air time on channels like Nickelodeon in the 90s) have to do with leadership? Teamwork and team psychology most readily come to mind as far as leadership lessons go when I think about Tthe Brady Bunch

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#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Jason Meriwether

Jason Meriwether Current Position and Institution: Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Indiana University Southeast First Position and Institution: Residence Hall Director, Department of University Housing, Georgia Southern University After graduating from the University of Louisville in 2001, my first professional position was as a Residence Hall Director at Georgia Southern University, where... Continue Reading →

Overview (Part 1): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Thea Zunick

Thea Zunick Current Position and Institution: Associate Director of Student Life, Stevens Institute of Technology First Position and Institution: Assistant Director of Student Development, Iona College I began my professional career at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY because it sung loud and clear “welcome back to the Northeast Thea”! It was time for me... Continue Reading →

Does Size Matter? Professional experiences at small colleges and universities. [REBLOG]

 

I wanted to share this post from my good friend and colleague, Todd Porter.  Todd brings up a point that I have often thought about but never quite articulated into words… certainly not as well as he does.

There seems to be an unwritten value (bias?) that higher education professionals place on larger schools.  While there are certainly benefits to large schools, the diversified landscape of higher education, is one of its greatest strengths.  Something that other countries have sought to replicate as education becomes more globalized, and we would be at a disadvantage to ignore these strengths when we seek jobs and seek to hire the “best” ‘right fit” talent.  Success and value comes in many forms.

Check out Todd’s original piece below.

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“I always assumed that working at a small school was like scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

The moment this was stated, I knew exactly what this graduate student was saying. It was a sentiment I have heard from various graduate students that I have connected with over the course of the summer. There seemed to be a growing mentality amongst these future professionals when thinking about their first position out of graduate school. They were reluctant to consider the opportunity of working at small schools as viable, prestigious or challenging experiences. Some gravitated towards small schools, primarily because they had attended similar institutions as an undergrad.  This was the exception, not the rule. There were various reasons why the grads I spoke with indicated that small schools were not on their radar, including access to resources, opportunities for advancement, professional development, and the lack of name and reputation in…

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#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Patrick Love

Patrick Love Current Position and Institution: Vice President for Student Affairs, New York Institute of Technology First Position and Institution: Residence Director, SUNY Albany The Importance of Critical Feedback: I received written feedback from the other residence directors on staff. All were extremely positive except one. My supervisor said I had a choice. I could easily... Continue Reading →

Fear in Higher Ed… Fear in the workplace…

I've been thinking a lot about this concept of fear in the workplace.  What causes it?  What are the signs and  symptoms?  How do you reduce it?  A big part of positive organizational culture change involves "getting the fear out."  But what is the nature of fear?  Specifically in higher education? Fear is multi-dimensional, cultural, and... Continue Reading →

Women at the Forefront of Student Affairs History

Student affairs has had a long history of women contributing to the profession that dates back to the turn of the century. This is something I feel too often goes under-appreciated.  In many ways, women were almost wholly responsible for many of the values and principles we uphold in our work.  Chief among them, the... Continue Reading →

#SATBT Student Affairs Throwback Thursday: Gavin Henning

Gavin Henning Current Position and Institution: Associate Professor of Higher Education, New England College First Position and Institution: Resident Director, University of New Hampshire The most important lesson I learned in my first position has been a guiding principle throughout my career. I learned as a residence hall director at the University of New Hampshire... Continue Reading →

Examples of #SAgrad Online Professional Portfolios

In the practicum course I taught in the Merrimack College Higher Education program this semester, I had the students experiment with the creation of online portfolios.  Online portfolios can be an excellent opportunity to promote reflective practice as well as give students a leg up in the job search.  They can follow you throughout your... Continue Reading →

ERMAHGERD! It’s Student Affairs!

Ah yes.  Those awkward teenage years.  A period that spawned this meme--meant to approximate the sound of speaking through an orthodontic retainer.  Interested in the history of the meme?  Check out this entry in KnowYourMeme and the video below. When you're ready... it's time for ERMAHGERD! ITH THUDEN AFFUTH! Got your own?  Through them in the... Continue Reading →

Why SAPros Are Really Superheroes In Disguise [REBLOG from @JessMSamuels]

Every month I like to re-blog a post I find particularly interesting, insightful, or just plain fun.  This month’s reblog comes from Jess Samuels (@jessmsamuels) and includes an amazing infographic she designed.  Some truly excellent work!

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Image Credits
Superman: Alex Ross
Lois Lane: Killian Plunkett
SA Team (JLA): Jim Lee, http://www.joinwecanbeheroes.org/
Superhero/Alterego prints: by Danny Haas, http://society6.com/artist/r0gue
Superhero Playing Cards: RedRaspus on Flickr
Origingally posted on Student Affairs Women Talk Tech on 2.7.12

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#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... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @EricaKThompson

Erica is enthusiastic and always willing to reach out and make new friends.  She is heavily involved in the #SAchat community, so if you ever participate in one of the weekly chats, it's highly likely she might be the mysterious moderator behind the account.  Check out her blog and give her a follow... Follow @EricaKThompson This is a post... Continue Reading →

A Timeline of Student Affairs History

Click to Expand I tried to capture some of the major publications in student affairs history as well as important moments in the growth of ACPA and NASPA.  Think I should add something?  Let me know in the comments below. UPDATE: Great feedback from everyone on the timeline.  I'm thinking of creating an "Equitable Timeline of... Continue Reading →

MORE #StudentAffairs in LEGO

Because we built so much fun together last time, let's build another student affairs meme. (photo credit) (photo credit) (photo credit) (Appropriate photo credit was attempted to be given when possible.  Photos without attribution come from LEGO or screen captures from The LEGO Movie.  These were created by me and LEGO does not endorse this post.)

The Periodic Table of Student Affairs: From Theory to Practice

Help pay back my student loans!  Some people asked for it, so I made it available. BUY this as a poster or BUY this as on a mug! The paid version uses a sharper, higher resolution file. There are multiple price points, qualities, and sizes....  All proceeds go to my student loans.  Thanks! MORE available in my store!

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @ACPAprez

Forget transferring a gavel, this is the 21st century.  Now we transfer Twitter accounts.  The @ACPAprez account transfers from President to President every year during the Annual Business Meeting of ACPA-College Student Educators International.  ACPA, one of the comprehensive professional associations in student affairs and higher education is an excellent account to follow, but don't... Continue Reading →

ACPA member-friends: Vote for me, please! It’s election time.

Hello friends and supporters! I'm running for a position on the Governing Board of ACPA-College Student Educators International. The Director of Membership Development works to retain and recruit members and advance ACPA's services and professional development efforts for members. If you're a member of ACPA, please consider voting for me. My bio/application details are below. There... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @AnnMarieKlotz

Currently working at the New York Institute of Technology, Ann Marie has specialties in women's and gender studies, leadership, and social media.  She constantly tries to ask the unasked question and always has something interesting to say.  You can also follow her blog.  She also contributes to a group blog, Firestarters at NYIT, a "place for innovators, disruptors... Continue Reading →

ZOINKS! It’s Halloween in Student Affairs

In honor of Halloween... a few thoughts and memes... If it can't breathe underwater, you can't have it in your residence hall room, folks.... Work in Residence Life?  Well apparently you've got the skills to survive a zombie apocalypse, CLICK for this post from Charlie Potts: Not in residence life?  That's ok.  Jess Samuels put together this... Continue Reading →

Student Affairs Problems? THANKS OBAMA!

In honor of the election next week, this Thursday's funny post takes a political turn... Do you have student affairs problem?  THANKS OBAMA!  Man... he's responsible for everything! (Find out more about the history of this meme here.) See Also: Student Affairs Texts from Hillary

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @AmmaMarfo

Amma has an amazing ability to perfectly summarize anything she hears into 140 characters or less.  If you want to follow the best live-tweeter in student affairs, Amma is it.  Amma also maintains a blog, and frequently writes and speaks about introversion and about how humor can teach you about your work. Follow @AmmaMarfo This... Continue Reading →

100 Professionals Answer “Why They Choose Student Affairs” As A Career #CSAM15

In honor of Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM), I asked my colleagues to complete the following sentence: I received approximately 100 responses.  Doing a back-of-the-napkin qualitative coding and analysis for themes (completely non-scientific on a non-scientific sample), the chart below represents the most common responses.  Not surprisingly, "learning and growth" and "making positive change" rose to... Continue Reading →

SPOTLIGHT HigherEd #FollowFriday: @DrCindiLove

Dr. Cindi Love is the new Executive Director of ACPA-College Student Educators International.  Cindi brings some excellent perspectives on social justice in higher education and what we can do to affect change.  If you want to stay current on happenings in Washington impacting higher education, or just need a dose of inspiration, Cindi Love is... Continue Reading →

Student Affairs in LEGO

Ever wondered what the profession of student affairs would look like rendered in Lego? Wonder no longer.  (photo credit) (photo credit) (photo credit) Inspired in part by @LegoAcademics: https://twitter.com/LegoAcademics/status/510435214758518784 https://twitter.com/LegoAcademics/status/507173810106560512 https://twitter.com/LegoAcademics/status/498819905085800448 https://twitter.com/LegoAcademics/status/497816847384059904 (Appropriate photo credit was attempted to be given when possible.  Photos without attribution come from LEGO or screen captures from The LEGO Movie.... Continue Reading →

Ryan Gosling: Perfect Student Affairs Boyfriend

Ryan Gosling is the perfect student affairs boyfriend.  He understands the unique issues in your job.  He's a feminist and fights for social justice.  He reads student development theory in his spare time.  He's sensitive and always there to support you.  Therefore, on this Friday, I give you a little bit of love... If you... Continue Reading →

#SAtechBOS Day 2 Twitter Recap

Miss the first day?  See a twitter recap here. https://twitter.com/MikeLynch09/status/495172369372430336 https://twitter.com/ThomasAKelley/status/495177440411783168 https://twitter.com/satechBOS/status/495188651899645952 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/495189651528114177 https://twitter.com/EdCabellon/status/495200372429185024 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495206634738941952 https://twitter.com/KMcCarthy8185/status/495207229638070272 https://twitter.com/MikeLynch09/status/495207590092374016 https://twitter.com/ThomasAKelley/status/495209036959457280 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495210610897211392 https://twitter.com/MikeLynch09/status/495213796127162368 https://twitter.com/jasonrobert/status/495226820112179200 https://twitter.com/EA_Clark/statuses/495232419801624576 https://twitter.com/jessmsamuels/status/495237504908656641 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/495238978980044800 https://twitter.com/jasonrobert/status/495239535471906816 https://twitter.com/jasonrobert/status/495240156698660864 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495240377809768449 https://twitter.com/KMcCarthy8185/status/495241267165822977 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/495242048556265473 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495242911622373377 https://twitter.com/jasonrobert/status/495242988436860929 https://twitter.com/ThomasAKelley/status/495244139316125696 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495245011400024066 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495245489307406336 https://twitter.com/KMcCarthy8185/status/495247354778648576 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495247605597995010 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495248061053300736 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/495248294210449408 https://twitter.com/satechBOS/status/495250309347037184

#SAtechBOS Day 1 Twitter Recap

https://twitter.com/ThomasAKelley/statuses/494800374575161344 https://twitter.com/EdCabellon/status/494821667864985603 https://twitter.com/satechBOS/status/494839861518798848 https://twitter.com/Jim_Gresham/status/494841738322665472 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494893492037230592 https://twitter.com/paulgordonbrown/status/494893886142423040 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494894153374121985 https://twitter.com/paulgordonbrown/status/494894459197587456 https://twitter.com/AdamGismondi/status/494894866367664128 https://twitter.com/KMcCarthy8185/status/494896466394370048 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/494895639445389312 https://twitter.com/_mikefox/status/494897232135479296 https://twitter.com/saladbar15/status/494896976681779201 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494897410431537152 https://twitter.com/ValerieHeruska/status/494898484659896321 https://twitter.com/KMcCarthy8185/status/494898646165774336 https://twitter.com/AdamGismondi/status/494898693728792577 https://twitter.com/_mikefox/status/494899733492936705 https://twitter.com/saladbar15/status/494900120035786752 https://twitter.com/bethanytuller/status/494900208351051776 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/494900183063605248 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494901032091410432 https://twitter.com/paulgordonbrown/status/494901757802467328 https://twitter.com/reyjunco/status/494902748488663040 https://twitter.com/reyjunco/status/494907360914460672 https://twitter.com/KevinRGuidry/status/494913660641640448 https://twitter.com/paulgordonbrown/status/494904515351814144 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494903425357053952 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/494903608723656704 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494903761811562497 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494904934333427712 https://twitter.com/MikeLynch09/status/494905437729206272 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/494907475095592961 https://twitter.com/josieahlquist/status/494904135821443073 https://twitter.com/JoJo_Jac/status/494915937980936193 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494917898339885056 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494920247259176960 https://twitter.com/KMcCarthy8185/status/494920858893582336 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/494923674982825984 https://twitter.com/MikeLynch09/status/494926704797048832 https://twitter.com/trishofthetrade/status/494927180258754561 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494928786077790209 https://twitter.com/AdamGismondi/status/494933477243228161 https://twitter.com/_mikefox/status/494935014677970944 https://twitter.com/katie_collins/status/494936770971451393 https://twitter.com/paulgordonbrown/status/494939666010083328 https://twitter.com/SimmonsCollege/status/494941751979675648 https://twitter.com/ThomasAKelley/status/494927186823225344 https://twitter.com/Kristen_Abell/statuses/494945106797932544 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/statuses/494945452958449664 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494949233947332609 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494952539247628288 https://twitter.com/ammamarfo/status/494953778823839744 https://twitter.com/EdCabellon/statuses/494950877720231936

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... Continue Reading →

Words Matter in a Residential Curriculum

When thinking about my own experience in developing a residential curriculum, I'm reminded of a wordsmithing session I had with some colleagues.  We were attempting to set some broad learning goals for our curriculum and we wanted to ensure that our language encouraged critical reflection but also allowed for a diversity of viewpoints.  It took us... Continue Reading →

MORE Tim Gunn: Student Affairs Professional

Tweet I had so much fun with it last Friday, I had to do it again.  (With a bonus appearance by Michael Kors.) If Tim Gunn was a student affairs professional, this is what he'd say... (Shout out to Academic Tim Gunn for the inspiration.)

Social Media Triple Threat for the Class of 2014 Job Search [REBLOG]

magnifying-glassA really great and useful piece by Josie Ahlquist on how to clean up your digital presence for a job search and then how to leverage it.  Josie does some amazing research on college students and social media use.  Her entire site is definitely worth a look.

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LMU Graduation. Photo Credit: Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht

I write this post to the class of 2014 college graduates.  Putting in four years to earn your undergraduate (or five…or six) I’m sure ready to go put that degree to work!  You have the grades, the extracurriculars, internships, and even great references.  But in todays fiercely competitive economy there is no guarantee that you’ll even get an interview.

Nope, many of those times I listed above are given.  The leadership roles, high GPA, service projects, etc.  Still nothing.

I have watched recent alumni take jobs at coffee shops after graduation, as I wonder if they can afford their student loan payments.  Yes watch out, those payments kick in six months after walking across that stage.

Okay deep breaths, hope is not lost.  You got this!  Social media isn’t just for Instagramming your bling’d out graduation cap or staying in touch with your fellow…

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3 Ways #ACPA14 Was The Most #Social #Innovative #Inspiring #StudentAffairs Conference Ever

I recently came back from the 2014 National Convention of ACPA-College Student Educators International... and it was AWESOME.  The Convention Team really took to the challenge of "reinventing" the conference experience into something new.  As a leader in the Association, I left the experience proud of what my colleagues had accomplished and excited that ACPA has become a... Continue Reading →

The Quarterlife Crisis and The Twenteysomething Identity

One of the most popular readings I assign in my spring semester Higher Education practicum courses is from The Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenge of Life in Your Twenties.  Although the cultural references within are somewhat dated, the concepts still resonate with their audience just as strongly.  It seems to uniquely capture some of the... Continue Reading →

Keynoting the #SATechBOS 2013 Unconference

I'm excited to be the opening keynote at this year's #SATechBOS Unconference.  The event utilizes as a unique format that encourages peer-to-peer learning and interaction.  It's a pretty interesting concept and a new take on the sometimes stale traditional conference format.  Wikipedia describes it as follows: An “unconference“ is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has... Continue Reading →

The Future in 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds

Today, I am pleased to launch a resource page for higher education and student affairs professionals interested in organizing their own PechaKucha presentations as a part of the "Future Series." The "Future Series" is something I first conceived of back in the Summer of 2012.  The Future series entails a diverse group of colleagues coming together to... Continue Reading →

Your Professional Network is Powered by Bacon

Last week I started an experiment called the “6 Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project,” a play on Six Degrees of Separation and the popular “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game.  I was motivated by the desire to see how small the student affairs profession is and discover the power of crowdsourcing on the internet.  It’s... Continue Reading →

The Six Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project

The Six Degrees of Esther-Llyod Jones Project is a crowdsourced initiative I started to learn more about how current student affairs professionals can trace their lineage back to some of the founders of our profession.  Click on the following link below to go to the page where you will find out more information about the... Continue Reading →

PechaKucha is Coming to the #ACPA13 Convention

I am excited to be a part of brining an innovative new type of presentation style to this year’s ACPA National Convention in Las Vegas.  Myself and some of my favorite colleagues (Ed Cabellon at Bridgewater State University, Patrick Love at Rutgers University, and Kristen Renn at Michigan State University) will be presenting a series... Continue Reading →

RAs are NOT educational experts!

I remember first encountering the Residential Curriculum Model back in 2006.  My supervisor at American University had just returned from the first annual ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute.  It was love at first sight.  It just made sense.  Why hadn’t anyone thought of this approach before? What many don’t understand about a Residential Curriculum (That’s capital “R” and “C”)... Continue Reading →

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