About Josie

IMG_1574ccrt-2750775894-ODr. Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in Higher Education.  As a speaker, author and consultant she believes in challenging how higher education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development and student services.

Josie is a recent graduate from California Lutheran University, earning her doctorate in  Higher Education Leadership.  She is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Counseling and undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University where she double-majored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. 

She is very attuned to the landscape of higher education as well as developing leadership capacity of college students, as well as administrators.   She brings over a decade of experience in the field of Higher Education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, student unions, marketing, residence life, judicial affairs, student leadership and new student orientation.

Her dissertation is on college student leaders and their perception and experiences with social media.  Through a mixed methodology she is seeking out an understanding and definition of digital student leadership.  She is also in the final stages of reporting a grant-funded study on Student Affairs Senior Level Administrators who are high users of social media, which will build to studying College Presidents called “Tweeting from the Top.”

As a national speaker represented by Bass/Schuler Agency,  Josie has trained thousands of student leaders and student affairs professionals.  Her vision is to provide a digital remix on how to empower leaders of the 21st century.  Her presentations walk the line between education and entertainment, using high energy and interaction along with learning outcomes and attendee reflection.  She has spoken to a variety of campuses including Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University, Fresno State University and University California, Merced.

Josie is committed to advancing research, knowledge and skill around technology for higher education faculty and administrative leadership.  She has served on the 2014 NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Technology Summit and current is the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community Emerging Practices Coordinator.  Recently Josie was appointed to the ACPA (American College Personnel Association) President’s Task Force on Digital Technology, chairing the Research and Scholarship team.

Recently named to the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech in 2014 and 2015.  As a writer, she is a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media.  She is also published in The Journal of Leadership Studies, in a thought piece called Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education using Social Media and the Social Change Model.