The companion to the Student Social Media Academy:

Higher Education Professionals Instagram Directory

I’ve worked in higher education since 2003, around the same time social media platforms were born

I logged on early to platforms like Twitter and Facebook, open to connecting with friends but also colleagues across the country. My online connections with my higher ed connections have turned into strong, loyal, and very real relationships IRL. SO – I’m looking to build community on my favorite app today: Instagram!

I’m interested in connecting with the HUMANS behind higher education. Whether you work on a college campus or are off-campus based in an association, vendor, etc. Even if all you post is your cats, we just want to build community. However you use IG, the primary goal is to build a higher ed pro directory so we can easily FIND each other.

Are you on IG and want to connect with other higher ed professionals who are digging the app?

I do! If you do too, please share your Instagram username &/or URL below and I’ll add it to this directory.

Let’s watch this list grow!

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  • Melissa Abeyta @academicsoulResearch Associate at San Diego State University
  • Emily Akil @eeadhorneAssistant Director of Global Business Programs at Miami University
  • Shannon Alford @shannonspires8, Associate Dean of Students at Salem College
  • Lina Anastasovitou @linakalimeraCoordinator for Academic Success at San Jose State University
  • Erin Anderson @erinkcmoFinancial Aid Coordinator at Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Joseph Ballard III @jbal2010Coordinator of Diversity Retention & Recruitment at University of Minnesota
  • Tony Baldwin @tony_baldwinAssistant Athletics Director & Digital Strategy at St. Edward’s University
  • Anastacia Baird @profbairdAssistant Professor at University of La Verne
  • Ryan Barnhart @barnhartempire, Director of Alumni Relations at California University of Pennsylvania
  • Alisa Berry @thealisaberry, Social Media Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College
  • Laurie Berry @laurieaberryAssistant Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator at University of Southern Indiana
  • Beth Bolinger @edward_spoonhandsArea Coordinator at Rochester University
  • Kacey Bostrom @krbostrom, Graduate Assistant in Student Life and Development at St. Cloud University
  • Serina Bravo @keepingupwithserinaStudent Programs Advisor at University of Southern California
  • Melanie Bruce @theleveragedphdFounder of The Leveraged PhD
  • Kriston Burroughs @owtspokeneducatorSenior Assistant Director of Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Candice Cadena @soycandiceLiving Center Director at Grand Valley State University
  • Clarissa Mae Calimbas @__clarissamaeAssistant Director of Student Involvement at University of the Pacific
  • Johnnie Campbell @netjerikhet_7Leadership Education and Development Adviser at Iowa State University
  • Katie Campbell @katiefrancamCommunity Director at Texas A&M
  • Morgan Campbell @morgncamSocial Media Specialist at Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Ethna Castillo @ethnizzStudent Success Mentor at Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Thom Chesney @thomchesneyPresident of Clarke University
  • Chris Cozen @chrisconzenExecutive Director at Hudson County Community College
  • Krissy Creager @klc1523Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Nelly Cruz @Misscruz760Assistant Director at University of California at Riverside
  • Andre Culbreath @aculbreath2720, Area Coordinator at The Pennslyvania State University
  • Sydney Damiani @syd.dam, Community Director at the University of Alabama
  • John Mark Day @johnmarkdayDirector of Leadership and Campus Life at Oklahoma State University
  • Sonya DiPalma @avlprofAssociate Professor at UNC Asheville
  • Rachel Erickson @rn3somers, Assistant Director of Accepted Students & Bearkat Orientation at Sam Houston State University
  • Dexter D. Evans @officiallyDEXDean of Students & Alumni at Paul Quinn College
  • Stefano Fasulo @specialguestAssociate Director of Graduate Student Affairs at Quinnipiac University
  • Alex Fields @alexmariewcuAssociate Director of Residence Life at Western Carolina University
  • Chas Figueroa @chasfigsGraduate Student/Classroom Assistant at Eastern Illinois University
  • Anne Gaertner @anne_e_gaertnerSenior Director of Employer Relations + Internships and Adjunct Faculty at Cornerstone University
  • Ana Devlin Gauthier @anadevlingauthierLeadership Development Designer at Smith College
  • Callie Goodwin @calliegoodwinSocial Media Strategist at Columbia College in South Carolina
  • Elizabeth Hornsby @ehornsbycommAssistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Tomiko Jenkins @dean_tomikoSr. Associate Dean of Students at Agnes Scott College
  • Danny Kambel @dkambelSports Information Director at Pacific University
  • Cindy Kane @cindykaneSpecial Assistant to the Provost at Bridgewater State University
  • Jessica Keefer @jkeeferouDirector of New Student & Transition Services at Colorado School of Mines
  • Angie Kim @hahahaangieAssociate Director for Inclusive Engagement & Student Life at Silver School of Social Work at New York University
  • Eric Klein @entkleinAdmission Counselor at Willamette University
  • Corinna Kraemer @kraemer270, Graduate Student at Springfield College
  • Kailee Kreger @kaileekregerStudent Success Advisor at Southern Nazarene University
  • AJ Lauer @ayjaylauerDiversity, Education, and Outreach Team Lead at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • AJ Lopez III @ajl3photoDigital Marketing & Social Media Manager at Midwestern State University
  • Francisco Lugo @franciscoMLugo, Director of Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Georgia Southern University
  • Mike Lynch @mikelynch09Senior Director of Communication and Content Strategy at Regis College
  • Sherry Mallory @sherry.mallory.ucsdDean of Student Affairs at UC San Digeo, Revelle College
  • Conor McLaughlin @xconorxTeaching Professor at Bowling Green State University
  • Max Miller @maxmiller88Assistant Director of Athletics for Recreation and Wellness at Swarthmore College
  • Terry Mena @dr.terrymenaAssociate Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students at Lamar University
  • Ramiro Merino @ramiromerinoGraduate Assistant for Major Campus Events at California State University, Fresno
  • TK Morton @queerkidCoordinator of Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at University of Kansas
  • Silvia Ortiz @lucyenyAdmission Director at Berkeley College
  • Holly Osbourne @pottersaurusrex, Student Support Specialist at West Chester University
  • Alex Patlan @axr30, Student Services Coordinator – School of Nursing at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
  • Winni Paul @winni_paulTitle V Project Assistant at Norwalk Community College
  • Adam Peck @DrAdamPeckAVP/Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Charlie Potts @pottscharlieAssistant Vice President for Student Life at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Jeffrey Putnam @JeffreyNYCVP of Academic and Student Affairs at SUNY Downstate Health Science University
  • Rochelle Reed @oh_em_rochelleSocial Media Coordinator at Lehigh University
  • Katie Winstead Reichner @katiereichnerAssociate Director of Student Activities at Christopher Newport University
  • Joseph Rios @josephrioseddOwner of Leadership and Values in Action LLC
  • Melony Ritter @mellibelDirector of Marketing & Public Relations at National Park College
  • Joe Sabado @joesabadoAssociate CIO of Student Affairs at UC Santa Barbara
  • John Sauter @JohnPSauterAssistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Niagara University
  • Nicole Schuch @nicnak10Assistant Director of Student Activities at University of Indianapolis
  • Alicia Sepulveda @thecollegelifecoachAcademic Coach at University of Colorado at Boulder and Make College Yours, LLC
  • Melissa Shivers @scarletgrayslvpVice President for Student Life at The Ohio State University
  • Nora Shvartsberg @norzshvartzDisability Accommodation Specialist at the College of Staten Island
  • Blake “Professor B” Simon @BlakemotivatesSpeaker/Author/Professor at Blake Simon & Associates and Houston Community College
  • Carlton Smith @phreeze_rayDoctoral Intern at University of Georgia
  • Matt Soto @mattcsotoSenior Coordinator of Student Success at Califonia State University, Northridge
  • J.S. Stansel @jsstanselDigital Media Specialist at University of Central Arkansas
  • Joshua Sumrell @jsumrellAssistant Director of Student Activites at Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Arthur Sunleaf @awsunleaf, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Loras College
  • Letitia Tajuba @professortajubaResidential Educational Specialist at Kansas State University
  • Emily Tittle @tittleemilyHall Director at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Shakivla Todd @kelacharmaineProject Manager at Dr. Josie Ahlquist, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Voss @elizabethvoss6Social Media Manager at John Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
  • Eric Ward @ztothedProject Representative at University of Michigan
  • Ashley Wheeler @__ashleysnapsSocial Media Manager at Harvard Business School
  • Juls White @yulievite, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life at University of Southern Indiana
  • Elizabeth Witcher @elizzydizzyPhD Student & Teaching Assistant at UC Davis

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Rebekah Tilley

Assistant Vice President, University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Rebekah Tilley is the assistant vice president of communication and marketing for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA). In that role she supports fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the university, including its CASE Gold winning Iowa Magazine, and serves UICA in a variety of strategic communication efforts.

Previously she was the director of strategic communication for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and the director of communication for the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a Kentucky native and a proud alum of the University of Kentucky.

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