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Dr. Ed Cabellon lives in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters and is a native New Englander, having grown up in Rhode Island. He is a first-generation, first-born Filipino-American who has always taken on leadership roles at work, school, and in various organizations. Dr. Cabellon's passion for innovation started at a young age through his interests in technology, leadership, and organizational change. He lives an active lifestyle by training for and running in marathons and half marathons, golfing, and playing basketball.
Dr. Ed Cabellon is a nationally recognized speaker throughout Higher Education. Since 2007, he has spoken at nearly 100 colleges, universities, organizations, and associations as a keynote, featured speaker, or educator in residence. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Cabellon deeply connects with his audiences through a dynamic mix of practical experience with theoretical concepts.
Dr. Cabellon’s doctoral research focused on the historical use of digital technology by Student Affairs administrators in higher education from 2005-2015. His current research interests include innovation through strategic technological use, first-generation student retention through social networks, faculty use of digital technology to improve pedagogy, and recruitment and engagement strategies through digital communication.
Since 2015, Dr. Cabellon published: “Student Affairs in the Digital Age”, which was a chapter he co-authored with Dr. Rey Junco for New Directions for Student Services (NDSS); “Engaging the Digital Generation“, which was an NDSS sourcebook co-edited and written with Dr. Josie Ahlquist; and “Remixing Leadership Practices with Emerging Technologies“, which was a chapter he co-authored with Dr. Paul Gordon Brown for New Directions for Student Leadership.
What's it Like to Work with Dr. Cabellon?
“As a thought-leader in the areas of learning outcomes development, digital education, and strategic planning, Dr. Ed Cabellon is among the most prolific and visionary speakers in the United States. Dr. Cabellon’s visit to my former campus at Indiana University Southeast was filled with discourse that energized and challenged our team. His knowledge, preparation, and creative approach to learning is valuable to anyone who seeks to offer a high-quality professional development workshop for students, faculty, or staff.”Dr. Jason L. Meriwether, Vice President of Student Success, Rhode Island College
“In bringing Dr. Cabelon to our campus and because of his work with my team, we discovered the joy and thrill of digital innovations and social media strategies to deepen our engagement and divisional presence with students.”Dr. Kara Kolomitz, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Regis College
It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Ed Cabellon. I appreciate that he is both a practitioner and a scholar, deeply rooted in education. He was able to help our student affairs team connect to the impact of the work and the stories we need to tell. He also helped us illuminate ways that we can continue to grow in our student affairs practice through technology, finding new ways to connect and engage with students. Working with Dr. Cabellon was one of the best investments I have made in regard to the development of this team.Dr. Craig M Elliott, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment and Student Services, Samuel Merritt University
“Dr. Ed Cabellon is a dynamic speaker who engages his audience with a unique blend of personal story, wit and practical take-aways. He has a genuine and personal approach but also provides a call to action which is both empowering and inspiring. We were thrilled to have him speak on our campus and would recommend him to other universities and organizations—you won’t regret it!”Dr. Ann Marie Klotz, Vice President of Student Affairs, Radford University
“Dean College had the opportunity to experience Dr. Ed Cabellon’s faculty driven presentation on using digital technology and social media in the classroom with great success. His ability to relate technology and social media to the learning experience and pedagogical outcomes was truly transformational. Dr. Cabellon commands the audience in a knowledge based environment and is a 21st century scholar-practitioner whom I highly recommend.”Dr. Paula M. Rooney, President – Dean College