Josie Ahlquist

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Doctoral Candidate: California Lutheran University


Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in Higher Education. She is a doctoral candidate at California Lutheran University, studying Higher Education Leadership.

She brings over a decade in the field of Higher Education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, residence life and student leadership. She is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University with a Masters in Counseling and undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University in Sociology and Human Development.

Her dissertation is on college student leaders and their perception and experiences with social media. Through a mixed methodology she is seeking out an understanding and definition of digital student leadership. She is also conducting a grant-funded 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."

Recently named to the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech in 2014, she blogs weekly at 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.

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