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.

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 give you an idea as to what these patterns look like.  If you’re familiar with student development theory, it’s highly likely you can quickly grasp which theories fall into which categories.

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…

REVEALED! Researchers Uncover Chickering’s Previously Undiscovered Eight Vector

Researchers at the National Student Affairs Archives at Bowling Green State University recently uncovered notes revealing a missing “eighth vector” from Chickering’s well known student development theory. The missing vector was developed by a mysterious third researcher.  Many scholars of student development theory are aware of Arthur Chickering’s work with Linda Reisser in 1993.  An update to Chickering’s seminal work, Education and Identity.  Lesser known, however, is the contributing research of Dr. R. Simmons whose eighth vector was ultimately left our of the final book.  Reasons why this was vector was ultimately omitted from the… Read More

Send A “Student Development Valentine” To Your Favorite Student Affairs Pro

I didn’t come up with this idea, but I sure wish I had… because it’s BRILLIANT.  Use a famous student development theorist to say “I love you” to that special student affairs professional in your life.  Damien Snook posted these last year, and I decided to re-share his and add a few of my own.  Damien’s designs appeared in the Cronk of Higher Education and are also here.  Damien’s also on twitter.  Give him a shout out and thank him for sharing his amazing idea! Click the valentine to go to a share page: Bonus!  Damien added a few… Read More