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​Social Media, Student Engagement Expert to Speak

Providence, R.I.--Dr. Rey Junco, a leading authority on social media and its impact on student learning, will lead a panel presentation on Monday, October 24, at Providence College.

The dinner presentation, “Social Media and Student Engagement in Learning,” will be held in Slavin Center ’64 Hall at 5 p.m. It will be preceded by a reception, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

The event is being presented by the Student Engagement Advisory Committee as part of The Provost’s Forum on Engaged Learning--a continuing campus dialog designed to promote efforts that engage students in their learning. It is supported through the College’s three-year Fostering a Culture of Student Engagement grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.

Joining Junco on the panel will be Dr. Maia F. Bailey, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Robert J. Barry, assistant professor of theology; Dr. Deborah I. Levine, assistant professor of health policy and management; and three PC students.

Junco is an associate professor and the director of disability services in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where he has served since 2000.

Junco’s research focuses on using emerging technologies to help engage and support college students. His current research projects include the first experimental study of the effects of educationally relevant uses of Twitter on student engagement and grades and an examination of the relationship between Facebook use and grades.

He has co-written books on the subject of social media, including Connecting to the Net.Generation: What Higher Education Professionals Need to Know about Today’s Students (NAPSA, 2007) and Using Emerging Technologies to Help Engage Students (Jossey-Bass, 2008). 

In addition to contributing chapters to several other books, Junco is a frequent contributor to academic journals, leads workshops around the country, and provides consultation to several higher-education institutions. He also is the author and administrator of Social Media in Higher Education--a blog highlighting his research and offering commentary on technology being used in educationally relevant ways.

Junco earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida. He received his master’s degree in clinical psychology and his doctorate in counselor education from Pennsylvania State University.

Space is limited for the event. RSVP to by October 14.


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