As a researcher and digital educator, Josie is continually working on publications in various forms including books, academic journals, and professional association publications.

New Directions in Student Leadership, Going Digital in Student Leadership

Volume 2017, Issue #153

The book covers a variety of topics including how technology impacts all stages of the leadership journey; the influence of technology on students’ leadership development and the evolving leadership competency of faculty and staff; issues of access and accessibility; building digital leadership capacity; teaching leadership development online; digital social activism; and team building in the digital space.

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Ahlquist, J., & Endersby, L. (2017). Going digital in student leadership (New Directions for Student Leadership, No. 153). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Proper chapter citation:

Ahlquist, J. (2017). Developing Digital Student Leaders. In Ahlquist, J., & Endersby, L. (2017). Going digital in student leadership (New Directions for Student Leadership, No. 153). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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New Directions in Student Services, Engaging the Digital Generation 

September 2016, Issue #155


This volume illuminates research in digital and social technology that supports pedagogy and practice for student services.  To keep up with shifting paradigms of identity and leadership development in higher education, frameworks will be provided for staff and faculty to engage with students through digital and social communication tools. Read more about this publication (here)!

Cabellon, E. T., & Ahlquist, J. (2016). Engaging the digital generation (New Directions for Student Services, No. 155). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Proper chapter citation:

Ahlquist, J. (2016). The Digital Identity of Student Affairs Professionals. In E. Cabellon & J. Ahlquist (Eds.), Engaging the digital generation (New Directions for Student Services, No. 155, 29 – 46). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Developing Digital Student Leaders: A mixed methods study of student leadership, identity & decision-making on social media

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The purpose of this study was to document the experiences and online behaviors of 40 junior and senior student leaders on digital communication tools. The study was conducted at two institutions in the western United States. Three research questions guided the sequential exploratory mixed methods study connecting student leadership, the presentation of identity, and decision-making with social media use.

The study involved a three-phase mixed methods analysis of focus group interviews and 2,220 social media posts. Five major findings surfaced, including (a) social media impact starting in K-12 (b) college student leaders’ navigation of social media (c) presentation of digital identity (d) the beginning of leadership presence and possibilities and (e) significance of social media guidance in college.

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Ahlquist, J. (2015). Developing Digital Student Leaders: A Mixed Methods Study of Student Leadership, Identity and Decision Making on Social Media (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 3713711).

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Handbook of Student Affairs Administration 4th Edition

handbook of student affairs adminAs a co-author on the chapter of Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media, the authors explain the history of technology in Student Affairs and the timeline of digital communication tools by students.  Student development as it relates to digital identity is explored. In the face of positive and negative impact on youth, administrators are presented possibilities to build community and develop students in the digital age.

McClellan, G. S., Stringer, J. & Associates. (January 2016). The handbook of student affairs administration (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

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Blogging Bravely in Student Affairs

Screenshot 2016-03-26 11.29.46In the field of student affairs, blogging—as a medium for professional development, community building, and connections—has gained momentum. Student affairs educators who embrace and implement social media tools are setting a new bar for higher education collaboration, communication, and knowledge sharing. Blogging is one of the many resources available in exploring online and mobile platforms.

Through social media, education leaders can “engage in the creation and development of content and gather online to share knowledge, information, and opinions using web-based applications and tools” (Grover & Stewart, 2010, p. 9). Blogging about your profession takes bravery, but it is worth it: It lets us tell our stories.

Ahlquist, J.  (2015).  Annual Knowledge Community Conference Publication. NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

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Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education using Social Media and the Social Change Model

journal of leadership studiesThis article looks at social media as a tool for positive social change. There exists a gap in the developing competent and leaders capable to lead change using social media. By adapting the the Social Change Model, leadership educators re-imagine student leadership.

Ahlquist, J. (2014), Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education Using Social Media and the Social Change Model. J Ldrship Studies, 8: 57–60. doi: 10.1002/jls.21332

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Practically Speaking, Community College Practices that Help (Re)define Student Support

practicalyl speakingStudent Support (Re)defined is a multi-year study (2011-2014) designed to understand how community colleges can feasibly deliver support both inside and outside the classroom to improve success for all students.  The RP Group purposefully designed this study to bring student perspectives to the growing body of research on how to increase completion through strategic support.

Cooper, D., Rodriguez-Kino, D., Scharper, A., Karandjeff, K., Chaplot, P., Schiorring, E,…Ahlquist, J. (2014). Practically speaking. Community college practices that help (re)define student support: A practitioner primer. Berkeley, CA: Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges.

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Guest Blog Posts

10 Tools for a Digital Scholar


Digital communication tools offer higher education faculty and research-practitioners valuable resources.  To embrace the idea of being a digital scholar is one that is connected virtually, actively engaged online and pursing digital means to share  research.  Becoming a digital scholar offers benefits include global networking, expanding scholarship, extending the viewership of publications and overall professional branding.

ACPA Digital Task Force, November 8th, 2014

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Follow Friday SSAO’s on Twitter

SA women talk techAs part of our ongoing series of Follow Friday, I share four women who are in senior level administrator positions in student affairs that you should be following on Twitter. I could have listed dozens of Deans and Senior Vice Presidents, but selected four with various styles, backgrounds and length of time since joining the twitter community. Some of whom I haven’t even met before, but see their leadership clearly through how they use Twitter in their leadership roles.

Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, April 4th, 2014

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How to Press Refresh on your Social Media Presence in Four Steps

the featureAs we enter into a New Year, we set resolutions: clearing out clutter, exercise, spending more time with family, saving money, etc. While these are all valid goals, I also suggest adding one more item to your list – refreshing your online presence.

Student Affairs Feature, January 6th, 2014

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Published Social Media Research in Education

socialnomicsPublished research on emerging technologies, such as social media is becoming more and more prevalent. However, with lags in publication timelines and lengthy research methodologies and analysis, by the time a study has released the technology it once looked at may not be as ‘emerging.’ For example, Myspace continues to be seen the research, as five or six years ago it may have still had high volumes of active users. Studies published on ‘hot’ platforms like Instagram or vine? Good luck! Many technology-related journals are adjusting timelines and offering online-only publishing options, which quicken the process. But that is still after data has been collected, analyzed and written.

Socialnomics, October, 2013

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