About reyjunco

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  • Biography: Rey Junco is an Associate Professor and the Director of Disability Services in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling at Lock Haven University. Rey Junco’s research focuses on using emerging social technologies to help engage and support college students. His books include Connecting to the Net.Generation: What higher education professionals need to know about today’s students and Using emerging technologies to help engage students. As part of the Net.Generation project, Dr. Junco conducted a large multi-institution survey of student technology use. The Using emerging technologies volume explored, in much more detail, research-based topics such as using social networking sites to help engage students, technology to improve student retention, using blogs to improve student’s writing and marketing skills, and how technology can both help and hurt student mental health. This blog is dedicated to issues related to using social media in higher education.

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Recruiting Ph.D. students – Come work with me!

Posted by reyjunco on November 5, 2014 in Research |
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I’m looking for Ph.D. students who want to come work with me at Iowa State. If you are interested in social technologies and how they impact youth, please apply! This would be a funded position and you would work in my emerging research group that will be composed of Ph.D. and Masters students (and eventually advanced undergraduate students). I’m looking for students who are passionate about this research area. The ideal student will be creative in thinking about new research studies they could (eventually) run themselves and/or in thinking about how my existing data can be analyzed. Bonus points for coding and/or statistics skills.

I’ve got a number of projects going right now:

1. Apps and Educational Success. This is a grant-funded project being conducted in collaboration with my colleagues at University of Michigan. We are evaluating a number of apps designed to help middle and high schoolers get to college as well as apps developed to support students already in college.

2. Big Data/Predictive Analytics. This is a large-scale project where over 400 students allowed me to monitor everything they did on their computers for a month. I also have personality data on the students, survey data, as well as institutional data. One of the goals is to discover predictive models that can help identify students at risk by only using trace data.

3. A project on online safety that’s currently in the works.

4. A project on digital technologies to improve self-regulation skills that’s also currently in the works.

You can either apply as a Ph.D. student in Higher Education in the School of Education [Application link - Deadline December 1, 2014]. Or you can apply as a Ph.D. student in Human Computer Interaction [Follow The PhD Graduate Program Application Process steps at the bottom of the page - Deadline January 15, 2015]. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Looking for a middle school to collaborate on research study

Posted by reyjunco on September 10, 2014 in Research |

Friends and colleagues – Our research team (headed up by me and Nicole Ellison) is engaged in a cool Gates Foundation-funded project to help support college readiness for students who otherwise wouldn’t go to college. This same Gates program funded the development of 19 apps/services/websites to more efficiently help students navigate the college application and […]

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Social Media and Student Identity Development

Posted by reyjunco on July 23, 2014 in Research |

It’s here! The first (free) chapter from my upcoming book, Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs. The chapter covers how youth’s interactions online help them develop their identity, or a stable sense of self. Download the chapter here. The Kindle version of the entire book is now available on Amazon.com, […]

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Using Social Media in Student Affairs: An Evidence-Based Approach #ACPA14 Slides

Posted by reyjunco on April 3, 2014 in Presentations |

Here are the slides from the talk I gave this past week at the #ACPA14 conference in Indianapolis. The talk is loosely based on a chapter from my upcoming book Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs Using Social Media in Student Affairs: An Evidence-Based Approach from Rey Junco

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Heading to Iowa

Posted by reyjunco on April 1, 2014 in Commentary |

I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position as an associate professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University starting this summer. I’ll be teaching and advising students in the Student Affairs graduate program. Many of you who follow this blog know that I started a new position in the Purdue University Libraries […]

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Texbook analytics: A new way to do learning analytics

Posted by reyjunco on October 17, 2013 in Research |

Today at the EDUCAUSE 2013 conference in Anaheim, I unveiled new research on textbook analytics. Textbook analytics are an emerging subcategory of learning analytics, which is the use of student-generated data to predict learning. These predictive analytics promise the ability to identify at-risk students and to help faculty adjust their teaching in real-time. However, up […]

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Student affairs professionals: Looking for social media examples for my book

Posted by reyjunco on July 11, 2013 in Commentary, Research |

Student affairs professionals: I need your help for my next book, Engaging Students through Social Media: An Evidence-Based Approach for Student Affairs being published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass. I’m looking for examples of how you are using social media in your functional areas. Successes and challenges are both welcome! Feel free to post your story in the […]

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Berkman Center Fellowship

Posted by reyjunco on July 8, 2013 in Commentary, Research |

I am very happy to announce that I’ll be returning to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society this next academic year as a fellow. I am both honored and incredibly excited for this opportunity to continue to engage and collaborate with the Berkman community, especially the Youth and Media team. I had such a blast this last […]

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New position at Purdue University

Posted by reyjunco on February 11, 2013 in Commentary |

I am delighted to announce that later this semester, I will be joining the faculty of the Purdue University Libraries as an associate professor. At Purdue, I will focus on emerging technologies in education with a special focus on the first year experience. If you don’t already know about the great work happening in educational […]

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Comparing actual and self-reported measures of Facebook use

Posted by reyjunco on January 18, 2013 in Research, Survey Design |

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you likely already know that there is a growing body of research that examines how college students use Facebook and the outcomes of such use. For instance, researchers have examined how Facebook use is related to various aspects of the college student experience including learning, student […]

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