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Tampa2015OL385x118This week kicks off ACPA’s National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  Call for programs closed in September and I thought, well let’s really go for this.  Submit every session idea that I believed in.  I went all in.  Well, I got what I wished for and as a result I’m presenting SEVEN sessions!

I’m even more excited to be presenting with a number of amazing colleagues – from talking about blogging in student affairs to social media research methods.  

If you are joining me in Tampa, I’d love to see you at one of these sessions.  If not, follow the hashtag that I’m using for most of my sessions – #SAsome.  If anther twitter hashtag is used, I’ll note it below.  

Social {Media} Change Model: Remixing Theory for Digital Practice

Are college students prepared to be leaders online, using social media for social good? Looking at leadership literature and current practices, a gap exists in how to develop students to be agents of change using digital communication tools such as social media. This session will present how educators can adapt the Social Change Model to reflect and apply digital competencies to their practice, leadership curriculum and programming. Constructs of Digital Leadership will also be explored from the work of Erik Qualman. Attendees will also learn the presenters proposed 10 Digital Student Leader Competencies.

Co-Presenter: Courtney O’Connell (@CourtOConnell)

Building/Room: Tampa Convention Center – Room 22

Date/Time: 3/6/15 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Follow Hashtag: #DigitalRemix

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 What Grad School Didn’t Teach You About Your Digital Life

Did your graduate program teach you about your professional digital stamp? What is the balance between sharing personal and professional information online. This session will provide an overview of trends in establishing professional identities online and explore the debates of branding, authenticity and TMI. Specific strategies, concrete examples and tools will be presented that will help you understand how your are viewed online and how you can influence these results.

Co-Presenter: Paul Brown (@PaulGordonBrown)

Building/Room: Marriott Tampa Waterside – Grand Ballroom Salon D

Date/Time: 3/6/15 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Follow Hashtag: #SAidentity

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 #SAwrites: Professional Development Through Blogging in Student Affairs

Social and digital technologies allow everyone to put their ideas out into the world. Blogging and establishing an online presence are an excellent way to engage in professional conversations and idea generation throughout the year. In this session, a panel of bloggers at various stages of experience will share their thoughts about the what, how and why of blogging and how you can start or enhance your own writing.

Co-Presenters: Kristin Abell (@Kristen_Abell), Heather Shea Gasser (@heathergasser), Jason Meriwether (@JLMeriwether06) & Paul Brown (@PaulGordonBrown)

Session Website: www.SAwrites.com

Marriott Tampa Waterside – Florida Salon V

3/7/15 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Follow Hashtag: #SAwritessawrites-featured

Student Leaders Navigating the Digital Age

Snapchat into what student leadership is Instagrammed like in the Facebook-Age. This session will share the findings of a dissertation that sought out over 30 student leaders, exploring their experiences and perceptions of social media. The study will show how these student leaders are uniquely using digital communication tools, such as Instagram and Facebook, but also Snapchat and Tumblr. Come learn how these leaders are navigating the complex and complicated digital age.

Building/Room: Tampa Convention Center – Room 23

Date/Time: 3/7/15 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM

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 A Leadership Framework for Social Media Use in Student Affairs: Research Paper Session 

Building/Room: Embassy Suites – Frankland Boardroom

Date/Time: 3/7/15 3:30 PM – 04:45 PM

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College Students and Digital Technology: Research, Outcomes, and Implications

This panel presentation brings together four emerging researchers studying the implications of social media and digital technology on higher education and student affairs practice. Each researcher is completing dissertation work and will present initial findings from their research and implications for practice in student affairs. This session will also address research design issues in social media research, moderated by a leading scholar in the field, along with audience question and answer.

Co-Presenters: Adam Gismondi (@AdamGismondi), Heather Rowan-Kenyon (@hrowan_kenyon), Paul Brown (@PaulGordonBrown) & Paul Eaton (@peatonla)

Building/Room:Tampa Convention Center – Room 16

Date/Time: 3/7/15 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Follow Hashtag: #SAsome

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What would a leader in student affairs tweet? Social media use by students is skyrocketing, challenging educators to meet them where they are. At the same time, student affairs professionals can be found online engaging on campus and beyond. To explore this phenomenon, this session will present study findings from the presenters’ research that explored sixteen senior-level higher education administrators and their leadership practices online. Attendees will receive a leadership framework and digital decision-making model based upon the study results.

Co-Presenter: Jason Meriwether (@JLMeriwether06)

Building/Room: Tampa Convention Center – Room 20

Date/Time: 3/8/15 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

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To learn more about this conference and ACPA, find more information below!

About Consider. Collaborate. Create. Commit. The landscape of higher education is changing before our eyes and in 2015 we will recognize many important anniversaries and landmarks, such as the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

The ACPA 2015 Tampa Annual Convention seeks to create a space for participants to consider our practice and role in the changing higher education landscape while reinforcing our enduring values and professional growth. The convention will provide opportunities to collaborate and strengthen internal and external partnerships to advance student success. Through an intentionally developed curriculum featuring exceptional practices and a published conference proceedings, we hope that participants will create connections with inquiry and action. Further, we hope attendees will commit to establishing and renewing professional networks and friendships in Tampa and beyond.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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