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Recruiting Participants: #HigherEd Digital Life

In what ways do higher education professionals utilize and participate in digital communication tools?

What leadership characteristics are shared by staff who participate in digital communication tools?

These are the research questions my colleague, Dr. Brian Bourke at Murray State University and I are exploring in #HigherEd Digital Life. The link for the survey is bit.ly/HigherEdDigitalLife.

The purpose of this research is to expand upon Ahlquist, 2015 research on Senior Student Affairs Officers on Social Media study. Findings were recently published in the New Directions in Student Services volume, Engaging the Digital Generation.
For this research, instead of just senior executives in student affairs, the study will include the digital experiences of all professionals in higher education, from new professionals to faculty, across organizational structures from HR to Enrollment Management, Alumni Affairs and beyond. Topics addressed in the survey include student connections, digital conflict, tools used, online communities and online professional development.
Again, please consider participating in the study as well as sharing this widely. We hope to gain a broad perspective of the digital lives of professionals across higher education.
**This project has been reviewed and approved by the Murray State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects. Any questions about the rights as a research participant should be brought to the attention of the IRB coordinator at msu.irb@murraystate.edu.

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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