Group of people using mobile devicesOn this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews Ed Cabellon and Josie Ahlquist about their recently co-authored book, “Engaging the Digital Generation.” Guaranteed to be entertaining and informative, Ed and Josie blend years of research, theory and practice to offer up practical advice and insight for Student Affairs professionals at every level. Topics covered on this episode include: adapting to the rapid pace of technological change; professional development and competency; collecting and measuring data to inform strategy; coping and choosing from the array of tools and solutions that technology affords; creating structured policies and guidelines for social media; and predicting what the future holds for digital engagement in Higher Education.
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Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a digital leadership educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development. She received her EdD from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership and is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Counseling. She brings over a decade of experience in the field of higher education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, student unions, marketing, residence life, judicial affairs, student leadership and new student orientation. Currently, Josie has served as a research associate & adjunct faculty at Florida State University, teaching undergraduate and masters level courses.

For the third year in a row Josie has been named to the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech Magazine. As a writer, she is a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media. She is also published in The Journal of Leadership Studies, in a thought piece called Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education using Social Media and the Social Change Model. Josie is also a co-editor and author in New Directions in Student Services, “Engaging the Digital Generation” and a co-editor and author in the spring upcoming release of New Directions in Student Leadership, “Going Digital in Student Leadership.”


Dr. Ed Cabellon

Dr. Ed Cabellon is a senior student affairs leader, internationally recognized as an experienced digital technology educator catalyzing change throughout higher education. With almost twenty years of progressive administrative experience in student affairs areas, Dr. Cabellon currently serves as the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University, focusing on strategic student marketing and communication efforts, technology integration, and management of divisional budgets. His recent doctoral research was a ten-year historiography on how student affairs administrators used digital technology, yielding a technology implementation model for education. He also serves as Co-Chair of ACPA’s Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology in Higher Education.

Dr. Cabellon has been recognized by not only national organizations, but by his peers as well. Ed’s website has been named one of the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Education in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015! Additionally, He was featured in Fast Company’s “Fast Talk” Series and featured on Slideshare; named on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2013 Technology Innovators” List; and in 2014, Good Magazine, featured his Social Media for Social Good Pecha Kucha talk from the ACPA 2014 Convention on their site. Most recently, in April of 2015, Dr. Cabellon earned one of College Student Educators International (ACPA)’s top honors as a 2015 Diamond Honoree.