March 10, 2017
2017 TKC TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH, ASSESSMENT, AND EVALUATION INNOVATION AWARD
The TKC Technology Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Innovation Award was created to recognize NASPA members who are innovators in the field of Student Affairs through the application of research, assessment, and evaluation of technology-related tools and practices. Additionally, the goal of the award is to shine a light on understanding technology in higher education and student affairs, as well as painting a clearer picture for effective practices. The TKC is pleased to award this year’s Technology Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Innovation Award to Paul Brown.
Paul currently serves as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research at Roompact and recently completed his PhD at Boston College. Paul’s dissertation was a qualitative research study that aimed to understand how traditionally-aged college students conceptualize self and identity as a result of digital and social media immersion. His research explored aspects of digital identity and digitized selfhood to surface important behaviors and developmental processes—asking: How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media? Paul’s research highlighted the importance of educating students about their digital identities and reputations, utilizing reflection and “breaks” from social media to determine goals for its usage, and how to be vulnerable and authentic online.
We are very proud to award the TKC Technology Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Innovation award to Paul Brown! Congratulations to Paul for his hard work on his dissertation, and for contributing to the TKC’s mission of furthering the development and use of technology within the student affairs field.
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