October 8, 2012 8:19 am


Wednesday, November 14th at 12:00pm EST
Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout
Conversation: #SAlive

On November 14th at 12:00pm EST, I sat down, virtually over Google Plus On-Air Hangouts, with Dr. Rey Junco, Faculty Associate and Lab Mentor for the  Youth and Media project at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society on another episode of Student Affairs Live!  

Rey and I talked about his research around the effects of social media on student development, engagement, and success.  We will also discussed his current and future research interests, and how Student Affairs professionals could use his data in their work.

Thanks so much to all who tuned in live and those watching us in syndication!

(Source) I’m Rey Junco, a college professor and researcher who studies how social media use affects college students. I’m particularly interested in using quantitative methods to assess the effects of social media on student development, engagement, and success. Social Media in Higher Education is a place where I’ll blog about the research I’m conducting and provide commentary on using technology in educationally-relevant ways. I’m interested in using this space to post findings that may never make it into any of my papers. Most of what I’ll post there will be well-developed; however, I’ll also post preliminary data and interpretations in the hopes of getting input to help shape future studies. My belief is that research is a collaborative process and this is one way that I can reach out to a broad base of potential collaborators. There is wisdom in the crowd.

I became interested in the power of technology to help engage college students during the first class I taught after graduate school. In the syllabus, I listed my AOL Instant Messenger (IM) screen name as one of the ways students could contact me. I observed that introverted students were much more likely to be engaged during class discussions if they communicated with me via IM outside of class. Since then, I have been fascinated by the connective potential of emerging communication technologies and their ability to assist educators.

I conducted the first large, multi-institution survey of student technology use, which I wrote about in my book, Connecting to the Net.Generation: What Higher Education Professionals Need to Know about Today’s Students. In my second book, Using Emerging Technologies to Enhance Student Engagement my colleagues and I provided a comprehensive analysis of social media’s role in student engagement, technology’s potential to improve retention, and blogs’ potential to improve students’ writing and marketing skills. I’m currently working on my third book, a textbook for first-year seminars.

My work has been cited in major news outlets such as the New York Times, PBS, Time, US News & World Report, USA Today, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Mashable. I have given talks, workshops, and lectures at almost 50 national and international conferences, universities, and organizations. I enjoy talking about how technology impacts colleges students, using social media in educationally-relevant ways, teaching students about privacy, marketing university programs and services through social media, and developing effective first year seminars.

I earned my doctorate in education in counselor education from Penn State University. I also earned my master’s degree in clinical psychology from Penn State where I studied and conducted research in neuropsychology. I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Florida where I studied and conducted research in neuroscience. I am a Lab Mentor for the Youth and Media project at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. My complete CV can be accessed here.


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