Josie Ahlquist

Los Angeles

International Digital Leadership Speaker & Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs 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 various institutions across the country including Florida State University, Azusa Pacific University and Loyola University Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and masters level courses. Josie received her EdD at California Lutheran University, studying Higher Education Leadership. She is very attuned to the landscape of higher education, as well as 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. She is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Counseling and undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University where she double-majored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. Her research is award winning and grant funded. Her dissertation was on college student leaders and their perception and experiences with social media. Through a mixed methodology she sough 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." As a national speaker represented by Bass/Schuler Agency, Josie has trained thousands of student leaders and student affairs professionals. Her vision is to provide a digital remix on how to empower leaders of the 21st century. Her presentations walk the line 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 Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University, Fresno State University and University California, Merced. 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, chairing the Research and Scholarship team. She has been named to the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech in 2014 and 2015, where she blogs 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 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.

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