I have over 17 years of progressive experience in Higher Education administration and am a leader in social media and technology integration, education, and assessment. I have worked in various Student Affairs/Student Life departments such as the Campus Center, Residence Life and Student Activities, and currently serve as Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Bridgewater State University. I am also enrolled as a doctoral student at Johnson and Wales University with the goal of earning my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in the spring of 2016. My research interests include digital identity, technology literacy, student engagement and retention through social media, and underrepresented student access to technology. I currently serve as Co-Chair of ACPA’s Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology in Higher Education and was recently named a 2015 ACPA Diamond Honoree.
I connect on social media to create, grow, and sustain learning communities through twitter and this blog, which was named one of the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Education in 2012, 2013, and 2014! I fostered an online electronic mentoring program called “Student Affairs Grow” (#saGROW) in 2010; created the first ever Student Affairs and Technology UnConference at Boston University in 2011 (#satechBOS) and expanded this model nationally in 2013 to multiple cities across the US and Canada; and used Twitter to successfully fundraise money for the UNICEF Education Fund and “Student Affairs Grow” graduate students. In 2012 and 2013, I hosted “Student Affairs Live“, the weekly web show dedicated to topics in Student Affairs in Higher Education on the Higher Ed Live network; was featured in Fast Company’s “Fast Talk” Series and featured on Slideshare; and was named on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2013 Technology Innovators” List. In 2014, Good Magazine, featured my Social Media for Social Good Pecha Kucha talk from the ACPA 2014 Convention on their site. Additionally, my work was also cited in Dr. Rey Junco’s latest book, “Engaging Students Through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs” Finally, I have two publications forthcoming over the next two years: “Student Affairs in the Digital Age”, which is a chapter I co-authored with Dr. Rey Junco for a New Directions for Student Services (NDSS) sourcebook in 2015 and “Engaging the Digital Generation“, which is an entire NDSS sourcebook I am co-editing and writing with Josie Ahlquist and a fantastic team of guest authors due out in 2016.
I believe that understanding one’s digital identity and gaining literacy in technology should be part of the core curriculum in a 21st century Liberal Arts education; that every enrolled college student should have access to high speed internet at home while matriculated; and that the most powerful learning happens when it is peer to peer. My professional goal is to hold a position in senior leadership in or connected to Higher Education, providing innovative solutions to the ever-changing education landscape.
In my spare time, I am enjoy running, golfing, and basketball, and focus on my health and fitness by using Beachbody products and programs (Shakeology with Power 90, P90X, P90X2, and P90X3) and training for my next half marathon (#7) in 2015, still trying to break the 2 hour mark!
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