Student Affairs

Infusing the New Student Affairs Technology Competency Into Practice

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Josie Ahlquist & Dr. Joseph Sabado
Price: $98.00

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August 24th, 2015, NASPA and ACPA approved the revised version of the Student Affairs Competencies. One of the most significant was the addition of Technology that solidifies technology as an essential part of our work, not just a fad that can be embraced by some and not others. Attendees will learn the intersection of technology with all the 10 competencies, as well as application of the foundational, intermediate and advanced levels of technology in student affairs.


  • Identify at least three skills they already have from the updated Student Affairs Technology Competency.
  • Evaluate their learning and development as related to the three levels of the Technology Competency and commit to at least one new skill for the next month to seek out.
  • Hear three methods of free professional development sources to advance technology skills in the field of student activities.


  • This webinar will be ideal for graduate students, as well as student affairs faculty members. We also aim to attract professionals tasked with providing training to their departments and divisions.


Josie AhlquistDr. Josie Ahlquist is a leadership educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in Higher Education. As a speaker, author and consultant she believes in challenging how higher education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development and student services. In addition she serves as adjunct faculty at Florida State University and Loyola University Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and masters level courses.

She is an emerging scholar on social media in education, exploring how leadership and social media are intertwined. She blogs weekly at, connecting scholarly research to best practices for students and educational leaders. She received her EdD from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University and majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University. She is a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media and is published in The Journal of Leadership Studies, exploring 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.

Joe SabadoJoe Sabado is the Acting Executive Director for Student Information Systems & Technology (SIS&T) within the Division of Student Affairs at UC Santa Barbara. In this role, he oversees a team consisting of marketing/communication specialists, software, web database developers, help desk, as well as network and server administrators to provide information technology and communication services for the Division of Student Affairs including the Enrollment Services Units and more than 30 student service departments. SIS&T also serves the technology needs of the Graduate Division. Joe has 20 years of student affairs technology experience. Joe writes about student affairs leadership and technology on his blog,, and has presented on topics including social media, digital reputation, mobile web development, and alternative professional development. Joe was recently elected as the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community National Chair-Elect.

In addition to his IT leadership role, Joe has also served UCSB as a First Year Education discussion leader, NUFP mentor, summer program facilitator, staff advisor to multiple student organizations, and mentor to students and staff.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Asian American Studies and will complete his MBA with Specialization in Information Technology Management in 2016.

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