What type posts generated the most engagement? What do members identify as positive and negative aspects of belonging to digital communities? What does “community” look like in an online space?  On this episode of Higher Ed Live, Tony Doody interviews Paul William Eaton (Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University), Josie Ahlquist (Research associate at Florida State University Center for Leadership and Learning Research Center), Adam Gismondi (Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life) , and Laura Pasquini (Lecturer with the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX) about their latest research on Student Affairs Professionals Digital Communities.

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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.


Paul William Eaton

Paul William Eaton is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. Paul’s research interests include inquiries into digital technologies in education and human identity-subjectification-becoming; complexity theory’s application to educational research; postqualitative and posthumanist inquiry; and curriculum theorizing-philosophy in the realms of postsecondary education and student affairs.  His current research includes the Networked Communities of Practice study, which is examining the ways higher education and student affairs professionals engage digital technologies for the building of communities of practice and to reconceptualize learning, professional development, and professional identity.  In addition, he is engaged in research exploring pedagogical strategies in digital spaces, and how we teach and learn about white privilege in formal academic spaces.  He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in May 2015, his master’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park in 2005, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2002. Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @profpeaton. His blog is located at: https://profpeaton.com.


Josie Ahlquist

After 12 years working on college campuses, Josie Ahlquist went rogue from traditional higher education roles—as an independent speaker, coach and consultant on digital leadership in higher education. She teaches teens, young adults, higher education professionals and corporate executives how to humanize tech and prioritize building online community over traditional marketing methods. In addition, Josie serves as a research associate at Florida State University Center for Leadership and Learning Research Center. Dr. Ahlquist backs up her content with her own grant funded and award-winning research. Her research agenda focuses on young adults digital experiences, senior executives online leadership practices and digital leadership pedagogy. For the fourth year in a row, she has been named to the “Top 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech Magazine. Her podcast, Josie & The Podcast was featured by The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Inside Higher Ed. She is published as a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, The Journal of Leadership Studies, co-editor and author in the New Directions in Student Services and co-editor and author in New Directions in Student Leadership. She is currently writing a book with Stylus Publishing, set to release in 2019 on digital leadership in higher education.


Adam Gismondi

Adam works with qualitative research and research-to-practice initiatives at the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. His research largely focuses on civic outcomes of media use by college students, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement. Adam also currently serves as a part–time faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, as an advisory board member for SXSWedu, and as president of the William & Mary Alumni Boston Chapter. Prior to working in a research capacity, Adam spent six years working as a student affairs administrator at Florida State University and University of Florida. He holds a BA from William & Mary, an MEd from the University of Florida, and a PhD from Boston College.  You can read more about his work here and can connect with him on Twitter here.

Laura A. Pasquini

Laura A. Pasquini is a Lecturer with the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and she is a Researcher/Adjunct Faculty with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. As an early career scholar-practitioner, Dr. Pasquini’s teaching and research explore mentoring experiences, networked practices and communities, digital professional identity development, and collaborative learning environments for workplace learning and performance. She consults with various education institutions, non-profit and corporate associations on the stewardship of technology for networked learning, enhancing organizational culture, strategic teaming, and designing digital communities of practice. More about information about her work can be found at https://techknowtools.com/ and via Twitter: @laurapasquini