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In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist - digital leadership author, researcher and speaker - connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders, but laugh a little as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.
 
Enrollment Growth University is a professional development podcast for higher education leaders looking to grow enrollment at their college or university. Each episode features an interview with a leader in higher education, discussing enrollment growth strategies that are working at their institution, through topics such as: enrollment marketing, adult student recruitment, enrollment management, online learning, student retention, data intelligence, online course development, financial aid, ...
 
Remember the last time you and few close friends stayed up too late at the Diner because no one wanted to leave? You didn’t need that grilled cheese with a side of pancakes but damn if it didn’t hit the spot! You laughed until you cried or cried until you laughed. Regardless of which lead to what, you left feeling a little more thoughtful, grateful, and actually full. Those are the best conversations we have in our lives, and the reason why Diner Talks with James exists. I’ll be your bearded ...
 
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This week I am joined in the Diner by social media expert, Dr. Josie Ahlquist! We kicked it off by randomly talking about Josie’s high school dating life. We then discussed her huge transition moving from Wyoming and South Dakota to Los Angeles, what some of the values she missed were and new ones she appreciated. Josie and I then bonded over deali…
 
We have a merch shop! Go find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. --- A quick episode to wrap up the season, reflect on the past year, and look ahead at what is to come. Thanks for listening! --- Subscribe and listen via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify. Find the full show notes at higheredgeek.com/podcast --- Music by pon…
 
Dr. James Lang, Professor of English and Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption University returned to the podcast to discuss his new book, “Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It” and the research behind engaging distracted students.
 
Douglas Widick, hysterical actor, music producer and improviser, joins me in the diner this week! Fun fact, he created the theme song for Diner Talks with James and he and I are the co-owners of the internationally known hip-hop improv comedy team, North Coast. We kicked off our convo discussing the beginnings of our friendship, North Coast, and, n…
 
We have a merch shop! Go find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. --- Our guests for this week’s episode are Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair who are consulting partners focusing on appreciative inquiry as a practice for leaders and organizations. They speak about how this transformative mindset can be applicable in our …
 
Sara Lowery hopped into the diner with me for this episode and it was enlightening, to say the least. Before we dove into deeper topics we first had to debate about the correct way to to order Waffle House hashbrowns and grits. Then we jumped in the deep end of the pool when I asked Sara, “As a Black women, how are you doing in 2020?” Sara tought m…
 
We have a merch shop! Go find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. --- Our guest for this week’s bonus episode is Dr. Glenda Ballard, Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She shares her long journey towards expanding equity in the transfer experience for stu…
 
This week’s diner guest is my favorite human, because it’s my wife - Tina VanSteenbergen Robilotta!!! We kicked off the conversation learning about Tina’s love of bourbon and bubbly water then we dove off deep end. Tina told me about why being a mother is something she has always wanted to do. We discussed the way our parents influenced us in known…
 
We have a merch shop! Go find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. --- Our guest for this week’s episode is Porter Rappleye, National Director for Higher Education at Pronto. Porter speaks about his journey to finding purpose in his passion working in higher education and the benefits of helping students communicate easier with…
 
Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor of Online Learning at University of Illinois Springfield, and Senior Fellow at UPCEA returns to the show to remark on the acceleration of the blockchain movement during COVID-19, and how the blockchain can assist in new university collaborations.
 
Tom Krieglstein became my first guest to actually eat while he was in the diner! Since he was munching on a veggie pizaa, we started by chatting about the impact The Simpsons had on Tom’s dietary choices. We then dove into Tom’s passion of creating a culture of connection. He told me about his chase for the Guiness World Record for hugging and we l…
 
We have a merch shop! Go find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. Our guest for this week’s bonus episode is Cathy Lucas, Vice President of Strategy & External Affairs for the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She speaks about the variety of things her institution did to adapt to the ever changing climate for higher ed.…
 
Justin Jones-Fosu jumped joyfully into the Diner this (j)episode. We kicked it off commiserating about how to grieve what you miss in quarantine/Covid-19 times and what it’s like parenting in this madness. Justin then spoke about the importance of involving your kids in their growth and learning plan. We then shifted gears and Justin opened up to m…
 
We have a merch shop! Go find tons of cool gear and support the show at our storefront. Our guest for this week’s episode is Dr. Josie Ahlquist, who talks about her new book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education as well as thoughts on digital community building for colleges and universities. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop …
 
Dr. Kathi Kern, Associate Provost of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation, and Kathy Hamperian, Executive Director of Customer Support and Student IT Enablement at University of Kentucky, joined the podcast to talk about the massive and ambitious investment they made in hybrid learning technology in preparation for this fall.…
 
Joining me this episode in the Diner is body image expert, coach, speaker, and badass mom, Stacy Nadeau! She and I first discuss why she was in her underwear in Times Square and the journey to being comfortable in your body for men and women. We then chatted about ways to silence our inner critic. Stacy is new-ish parent so I wanted to hear about t…
 
In this week's Higher Voltage, we explore the different kinds of agreements and compensation schools offer these students, the guidelines and safeguards they put in place, and the importance of leveraging these authentic voices and their digital savvy to help show prospective students what their life on campus (IRL or virtual) can look like.…
 
Our guests for this week’s bonus episode are Joel Horwitz of AudioEye and Dave Johndrow from Misericordia University who talk about the importance of digital accessibility work for higher education and how to get started. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop college research tool for students. If you work for a college or universi…
 
Cristina Perez-Simmons and I kicked in the diner this episode. She told me what life as a coffee snob is like and the importance of buying fair trade. We then talked about her move away from California and shifting from a Latinx community to a predominantly white community in the southeast. She told me about working to reclaiming heritage and ident…
 
Our guest for this week’s episode is Matt Unger, Founder and President of Roompact a residential education technology company. Matt shares his story of coming up with the idea for Roompact, and how he thoughtfully grows his company to align with his values. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop college research tool for students. I…
 
In the midst of a global crisis (or two), an intense lead-up to the U.S. presidential election demands for racial justice, and ever-dwindling resources on many college campuses, you might be tempted to tune out your social media channels. But this is when we really need your leadership. Do not go dark. But I don’t mean filling your feed with canned…
 
EpicLLOYD Ahlquist of Epic Rap Battles of History joined me in the diner booth this week! We talked about his gymnast background and then the skill it takes to play a great antagonist. Then we talked about making the decision to publicly do what is right and figuring out when you make the choice to double-down or pivot in a creative business. We cl…
 
Rick Daniels dropped all of the knowledge in this episode. He and I recorded this the week that George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis so you already know that we had a lot to talk about. We discussed parenting in the middle of a powerful moment for civil rights and instilling a love of identity in children. I asked him, “When did you fall in lov…
 
I got to sit down with entrepreneur, speaker, and great friend Jess Ekstrom and we jumped right in with their decision to sell their apartment and move into an Airstream. Hearing about her relationship and having different ambitions as a partner and how to communicate about it was awesome. I asked her where do you develop a stick-to-itiveness natur…
 
Sam and I had a powerful conversation about relationships, fatherhood, and entrepreneurship. We discussed becoming a father in the middle of the most successful month ever as an entrepreneur. And how you need to your network before you need it. We debated being Type A vs. being a hot mess... guess which one I am! We wrapped up discussing winning in…
 
Our guest for this week’s bonus episode is Monisha Longacre, Chief Operating Officer of StudentBridge. Monisha shares anecdotes from long career in a variety of roles and what drew her to working in education. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop college research tool for students. If you work for a college or university, you’ll w…
 
Friends! Welcome to the first episode of Diner Talks with James! In this episode I introduce the why, who, and what behind this podcast. I also make myself laugh a little because the internet is a quiet place when you’re talking to no one, haha! Excited to have you on this journey with me! About the Host: Friends! Here's a somewhat stuffy bio of me…
 
Michael Sorrell is in a constant process of evolution - and he’s doing it before our eyes, on social media, and on campus. He leads the impressively innovative Paul Quinn College, a once-struggling school that is now a model of urban revival. Michael is so optimistic about the future – despite the pandemic – that he expects Paul Quinn College will …
 
The book – my book – is finally here! To celebrate, this shorty episode is a peek inside Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World. You’ll learn about the digital leadership framework, which is grounded in research and practiced on-screen by higher ed leaders who will inspire a personalized and values fuel…
 
Anne Stefanyk, CEO and Founder of Kanopi Studios, joined the podcast to talk about the concept of inclusive storytelling and using language that helps ensure our students can picture themselves in our institution’s story. Kanopi Studio's Accessible Media Presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxR3A-Se40c Kanopi Studio's Inclusive Content Stra…
 
Higher ed marketers want to portray their schools as diverse and inclusive. But how do they do that in a way that is authentic and doesn't misrepresent the actual makeup of their student bodies? Kevin Tyler and Alice Cheng-McConnell explore with our host, Heather Dotchel on the latest episode of Higher Voltage.…
 
How are we teaching higher ed/student affairs graduate and doctoral students about technology - and especially social media strategy in higher ed? I’ve been teaching a summer graduate course called Technology in Higher Education at Florida State University for several years - one of the very few (if any) courses of its kind. Every semester I invite…
 
Our guest for this week’s bonus episode is Brady Colby, founder and CEO of Thirty Two Edu where he helps share insights into the constantly evolving global digital education space. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop college research tool for students. If you work for a college or university, you’ll want to learn all about their …
 
Dr. Phillip Levine, Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, and Founder of MyinTuition joined the podcast to talk about where our institutions are at financially right now, and why we need to reassess our aid policies and packages heading into next year in order to ensure we still have an access story for our lower- and middle-income students …
 
Our guest for this week’s episode is Grant Schroll, cofounder and CEO of Mission Collaborative, who works everyday to help professionals find fulfilling careers. Grant shares his story and the unique approach he takes to this work. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop college research tool for students. If you work for a college o…
 
Jenny Li Fowler is the director of social media strategy at MIT, and authenticity is the name of her game. Whether she’s tweeting advice to fellow social media practitioners, sharing proud mama pics on Instagram, or consulting with members of her campus Social Media Working Group, Jenny is keeping it real. Listen in for Jenny’s thoughts on overcomi…
 
Our guest for this week’s bonus episode is Karen Weissinger who works at MAYA Consulting supporting the work of educators across Texas. Karen shares her journey and the ways she’s been able to achieve equity and excellence in education at a system level scale. --- This episode is sponsored by Degree.Me, a one-stop college research tool for students…
 
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