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Publication Announcement! Engaging the Digital Generation

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Dr. Ed Cabellon and I are so excited to share that our edited publication, Engaging the Digital Generation will be released September 5th! When we started this process back in the Fall of 2014, in the throws of our doctoral programs, we had a vision for what this publication could be. Writing about technology is challenging because of how quickly things change; yet, we knew that with the right folks authoring chapters on salient topics, we would be successful!

This volume (#155) of New Directions for Student Services focuses on ways educators and administrators can purposefully engage students and fellow colleagues on their campuses and beyond through digital technology. The six chapters in this volume cover topics such as:

·  Student affairs administrators’ use of digital technology and how to develop and utilize their digital identities

·  Increasing digital fluency and creating a more intentional digital mindset among senior student affairs officers

·  College student development in digitized spaces and the application of digital data in student engagement efforts

·  The development of guiding documents to inform digital and social strategies

This NDSS volume focuses on the need to integrate a technology-open mindset into all those who work with students. For those in graduate programs seeking a text to help augment their lessons focused on technology or for those practitioners ready to implement digital technology to engage students and one another, this book is for you!

Digital Generation CoverFor those interested, the chapters are as follows:

Chapter 1: “A Historical Perspective on Student Affairs Professionals’ Use of Digital Technology”, by Dr. Ed Cabellon and Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Chapter 2: “The Digital Identity of Student Affairs Professionals”, by Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Chapter 3: “A Strategic Necessity: Building Senior Leadership’s Fluency in Digital Technology”, by Dr. Kara Kolomitz and Dr. Ed Cabellon

Chapter 4: “College Student Development in Digital Spaces”, by Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

Chapter 5: “Student Engagement Through Digital Data”, by Dr. Liz Gross and Dr. Jason Meriwether

Chapter 6: “Setting the Course: Strategies for Writing Digital and Social Guidelines”, by Dr. Laura Pasquini

If you’re interested in ordering a copy, please visit:,subjectCd-ED20.html

We are grateful to all our chapter authors for their willingness to work with us on this project and to Dr. Susan Jones and Dr. Sherry Watt for their support along the way! If you choose to read the volume, we would love to hear your feedback!

Digital Generation Editor's NoteProper volume citation:

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:

Author(s). (2016). Chapter title. In E. Cabellon & J. Ahlquist (Eds.), Engaging the digital generation (New Directions for Student Services, No. 155, pp. ___ – ____). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

For example:

Brown, P. (2016). College student development in digital spaces. In E. Cabellon & J. Ahlquist (Eds.), Engaging the digital generation (New Directions for Student Services, No. 155, pp. 59-73). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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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