I’ve written a few times about historical research I’ve done looking into how U.S. student affairs professionals have used and viewed technology throughout the 20th century.Â Although I don’t know where my current job search will take me, I feel a responsibility to bring some closure to this research and then ensure it is somehow… Continue reading Ongoing Research Into Student Affairs Technology History
NASPA Expands Voting Rights to All Members
I have been extremely critical of NASPA’s disenfranchisement of graduate student members, especially since that effectively negated the membership’s desire to merge with ACPA. So I was very happy to receive the following message in an e-mail from NASPA: After a month-long voting period, the NASPA voting delegates overwhelmingly approved a proposal to revise the… Continue reading NASPA Expands Voting Rights to All Members
Habits of Successful Higher Ed Doctoral Students
I recently moved to a new apartment and as I was unpacking I came across my notes from last year’s NASPA Doctoral Seminar in Chicago. One page of notes is from a panel discussion where faculty discussed habits and traits of successful doctoral students. Carney Strange moderated the session but I don’t remember or have… Continue reading Habits of Successful Higher Ed Doctoral Students
Personal Update: It’s Already August???
I’ve been quite disconnected for the last couple of months. I think that I am almost reconnected and settled into my new apartment so I will soon be back to myself with some updates for this blog. Quick thoughts are listed below in no particular order; please let me know if you’d like me to… Continue reading Personal Update: It’s Already August???
Upcoming Student Affairs Technology Conferences
After many years of being a side-discussion at other conferences, technology in student affairs is finaly taking center stage at two upcoming conferences: The Student Affairs Technology Unconference is being held on July 29, 2011, at Boston University. Although the agenda is not set (and will not be set until the attendees set the agenda… Continue reading Upcoming Student Affairs Technology Conferences
Could Graduate Student Members Have Changed the NASPA Vote?
I’ve stated that the NASPA vote against consolidating with ACPA would have been different if graduate student members could have voted. This is largely influenced by my emotions, intuition, and experiences. But how much truth is there in this belief? Can we find evidence to support or refute this assertion by examining the results of… Continue reading Could Graduate Student Members Have Changed the NASPA Vote?
Initial Reactions to Failure of NASPA & ACPA to Merge
I haven’t fully thought through this and my reactions remain primarily emotional so I’ll try to keep this brief: I am disappointed by the results of the recent vote by members of NASPA and ACPA to not merge these organizations. Although I am disappointed in the result, I am much more disappointed by the process,… Continue reading Initial Reactions to Failure of NASPA & ACPA to Merge
E-mail and Web Campaign Against NASPA/ACPA Consolidation
Update: I received a response from someone associated with the group that sent this message. Apparently NASPA allowed them to send this message to all NASPA members “to assure that those opposed to the proposed merger had an equal chance to communicate with NASPA members.” I received this e-mail today: Now the choice is yours.… Continue reading E-mail and Web Campaign Against NASPA/ACPA Consolidation
Reflections on the Current State of Technology Organizations in Student Affairs
There seems to be three groups of people in student affairs interested in technology: administrators who manage technology projects and groups in student affairs departments and divisions, student affairs scholars who study technology and its uses and impact, and student affairs professionals with interests in technology but a different primary focus. How well are these… Continue reading Reflections on the Current State of Technology Organizations in Student Affairs
Personal Reflections on NASPA Student Voting Proposal
A few days ago, I submitted a proposal to the NASPA Board of Directors requesting that student members be allowed to fully participate should the issue of ACPA/NASPA consolidation come to a vote before the NASPA membership.Â As things stand right now, the Board interprets the NASPA bylaws as not permitting students to participate in… Continue reading Personal Reflections on NASPA Student Voting Proposal