Positive Digital Résumé 1, “Vodka Samm” 0

SVodkaSammo at my College’s Board of Governors meeting last night, I was invited to introduce myself and talk a little about my background, the direction I planned on taking the Office of AcAdv, etc. And during the seven minutes I spent talking about myself and my philosophy, one of the more tech-savvy governors googled me and was checking out the series of posts articles that represent my “digital résumé”. Later in the evening’s agenda, the topic of my travel for an upcoming conference was brought before the board for approval (any travel over $1000 is subject to this process). Apparently, in person and digitally in the case of at least one of the governors , I represented myself well as my travel request was unanimously approved. The tech savvy governor also pulled me aside just before I left and said, “I took the liberty of googling you while you spoke–very impressive–I’m sure glad we hired you.”

Now, it isn’t as though my travel request was outlandish (flying coach, cheapest hotel, didn’t pad the per diem), and it was only one of the eleven, but never had I been happier about my digital résumé than I was last night!

 

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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