Thursday, June 30, 2016

Social Media Training in Student-run Comm Organizations

Social Media Training and Student-run Communication Orgs
How are student-run communication organizations (like news organizations, radio/TV stations and PR firms) training college students to strategically use social media? Dr. Kay Colley (Texas Wesleyan) and I are conducting research on this topic, and if you are an adviser at a student-run operation at a U.S. college or university, we'd love to have your input. Our Institutional Review Board approval is on file and the intro screen will further explain the study. 

We hope to share our findings this fall! Thanks for participating or sharing with those who serve in this capacity.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


This blog explores topics related to the intersections of social media, teaching/learning, ethics, writing and communication programs. I will share classroom successes and the failed moments that must be reworked, as well as research updates.

When I defended my dissertation several years ago, a committee member remarked that he liked the idea of sending me back into a communication program with my doctoral degree in higher education. I like my intersection between the two overarching interests, and will share what I have learned, and am learning, along the way.

Research and teaching highlights from my CV are included on this blog, and I encourage you to send me a note at For now, I want to give a few resources with acronyms, of course!

SWECJMC - - Our annual Southwest Symposium will be Nov. 4-5, 2016, in West Memphis, Ark.

JSMS - The Journal of Social Media in Society is a open access peer-reviewed journal for all things social media and mobile tech.

TSMRI - The Texas Social Media Research Institute is a think tank for social media. It's also an experiential learning lab; student interns are conducting research, leading training sessions, and practicing social networking. Each November, the group hosts a Social Media Conference that draws academics and practitioners from all over the U.S.