International Leadership Speaker, Social Media Researcher & Higher Ed Blogger
Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in higher education. She believes in challenging how higher education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development and student services.
Josie received her EdD from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership. She is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Counseling and holds undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University, where she double-majored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies.
Josie’s research is grant funded and award winning. Her dissertation was on college student leaders and their behaviors and experiences with social media. Utilizing a mixed methodology she sought out an understanding and definition of digital student leadership. She also conducted a study on Student Affairs Senior Level Administrators who are high users of social media, which will build to studying college presidents called “Tweeting from the Top.”
Student Affairs Educator
She is very attuned to the landscape of higher education and is passionate about developing leadership capacity of college students, as well as administrators. 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 has served as adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific University, Florida State University, Loyola Univeristy Chicago and New England College teaching undergraduate and master level courses.
Speaker and Consultant
As an international leadership speaker represented by Bass/Schuler Entertainment Agency, Josie has trained thousands of student leaders and higher education professionals. Her vision is to provide a digital remix on how to empower leaders of the 21st century. Her presentations balance between education and entertainment, using high energy and interaction along with learning outcomes and attendee reflection. She has spoken to a variety of campuses including Thompson Rivers University, Occidental College, Wittenburg University, Fresno State University, Indiana University Southeast, New York University-Abu Dhabi and Rollins College.
Josie is committed to advancing research, knowledge and skill around technology for higher education faculty and administrative leadership. She has served on the 2014 NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Technology Summit and current is the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community Emerging Practices Coordinator. Recently Josie was appointed to the ACPA (American College Personnel Association) President’s Task Force on Digital Technology, co-chairing the Research and Scholarship team.
She was recently named to the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech in 2014 and 2015. She also is a guest blogger at Socialnomics and Student Affairs Women Talk Tech. 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. Finally, she is a co-editor and author on a future New Directions in Student Services, “Engaging the Digital Generation” anticipated for release fall 2016.