This episode is part of a new classroom edition series to the podcast, featuring panels I moderated for my Florida State University graduate level course, Technology in Higher Ed. In this panel, I’m geeking out with three amazing scholars about student engagement and success through the lens of technology, from social media to hardware and software. Guests Dr. Paul Eaton, Dr. Sable Manson, and Dr. Adam Gismondi share their research and perspectives on tech in higher education, explore how educators and students can use and apply insights, and realities of living in a highly wired higher education community.
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More about the Panelists
Paul Eaton is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. He teaches courses in Higher Education Leadership, Curriculum, Student Affairs, and Multicultural Education. Dr. Eaton conducts research on the role of social media and digital spaces in human becoming (identity and subjectification), with a particular focus on college students and higher education professionals. His current research projects include the Networked Community of Practice Research Study; Preparing Socially Just Educators Online Study; and I am also completing papers examining the role of Instagram in institutional subjectivity and discourses of the public good. Outside all of that: Paul is an avid reader of literature, social science, and politics; have become a ½ marathon runner; and have an immense love for his dogs Conway and Domino.
@profpeaton (Instagram and Twitter)
Adam Gismondi, Ph.D. serves in a variety of capacities at the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. He helps lead IDHE’s qualitative research, resource production and dissemination, and social media outreach. His research is largely centered at the intersection of civic media and higher education, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement.
Adam also currently serves as a part–time faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, as an advisory board member for SXSWedu, civic media researcher for Civic Series, and as president of the William & Mary Alumni Boston Chapter. Prior to working in a research capacity, Adam spent six years working as a student affairs administrator at both the University of Florida and Florida State University (where he ran Club Downunder – go visit if you’re at FSU!). He holds a BA in sociology from William & Mary, an MEd in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida, and a PhD in higher education from Boston College.
Sable Manson is the Souljourners Program Director for the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC). Sable received her M.Ed. and Ph. D. in Education from USC examining religion and spirituality in higher education and interfaith on campus. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair for Research for NASPA’s Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community as well as contributing to Patheos’s blog series Spirituality Itself. For 2017 – 2018 she will be working with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) as an inaugural member of the Interfaith Assessment Academy. Sable also enjoys travelling, scrapbooking, and professional wrestling. Favorite things: food, pinterest, Neo/Soul R&B music.
Her current #DigitalFaith research examines how individuals are using digital spaces and technologies for spiritual, secular, and religious exploration. She has presented on #DigitalFaith: Understanding the digital landscape for religious and spiritual development (NASPA 2016) and most recently #DigitalFaith: Exploring the Interactions of Race, Faith, and Community Online for African American Students (NASPA 2017) with Dr. Keon McGuire (Arizona State University) and Dr. JT. Snipes. Her forthcoming Journal of College and Character (February 2018) article with Janett Cordoves (IFYC) will focus on using social media for developing professional development opportunities around religion and spirituality. #DigitalFaith Resources from NASPA 2016 is an open access document highlighting #Digitalfaith books, articles, and online resources.
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In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist – digital leadership author, researcher, and speaker – connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders but also laugh as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.
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