There are so many amazing higher education professionals on Twitter these days. In the spirit of the "follow Friday," here are 20 individuals who you should follow. They represent a wide variety of functional areas within higher education and they are great at engaging, connecting, leading, and teaching.
- Mamta Accapadi - The new Vice President of Student Affairs for Rollins College, Mamta served previously as the Dean of Students at Oregon State University and is one of the most thoughtful people that you'll ever meet.
- Christine Adam - The Dean of Students at Thompson Rivers University, Chris is all about using Twitter and the "#myTRU" hashtag to connect with students, staff, and faculty. Plus, she is a great professional to chat with about Student Affairs in Canada.
- Josie Ahlquist - When I first met Josie it was before she began her doctoral program. We talked about social media and her former institution. Nowadays, she's writing blog posts that everyone in the field should read. Seriously, her work will land her a book offer some day.
- Latricia Brand - Tricia is the Associate Dean of Student Engagement for Lewis and Clark College. Her personality is limited to 140 characters on Twitter, but in-person, she's a ray of sunshine…yes, even in Oregon.
- Paulette Dalpes - Paulette's tweets are full of wisdom. It makes sense, since she's one of the senior leaders for Student Affairs in the CUNY system. She doesn't have a lot of followers…yet.
- Gwen Dungy - As the Executive Director Emeritus for NASPA, Gwen is a legend in the field. Gwen's blog is a must-read. And, if you get the chance to listen to one of her keynotes, you're in for a treat. Gwen is a wonderful teacher, leader, mentor, and friend to so many of us.
- Jenny Hall-Jones - While I've never met Jenny in-person, I've been following her for quite a while on Twitter. Her blog post on "Sexism and Gender Roles as a Dean of Students" from the Student Affairs Feature should be required reading.
- Monica Helms - Monica does social media for the University of Central Oklahoma. She's also one of the most fantastic higher education connectors, engagers, and influencers that I've had the pleasure of meeting. Her Twitter bio states that she's "fueled by coffee"…it should also say that she's "powered by awesome."
- Tanya Joosten - Tanya works as hard as anyone in higher education. Writing, presenting, teaching, leading, and seemingly traveling all over the globe, she is a thought leader in the areas of higher education social media, education technology, and pedagogy.
- Amy Jorgensen - Best known for her work within residence life, Amy is a rock star when it comes to higher education social media, marketing, communications, and design. She shares a fantastic amount of relevant information throughout each day. Follow her and you'll learn a lot.
- Sheri Lehman - One of the social media leaders at Chapman University, Sheri knows her stuff. Her blog and all of the channels that she manages at Chapman are of the highest quality.
- Jenny Mackintosh - Jenny is the voice behind Boston University's Twitter presence. It isn't often that I label someone as an "expert," but she is truly an expert when it comes to higher education and social media. One of the best professionals in the MarCom business.
- Amma Marfo - Basically, Amma thinks and writes about everything. She works at Emmanuel College and her interests include "running, yoga, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking." Amma is the type of professional that we all should aspire to be -- genuine, awesome, and always learning.
- Becca Obergefell - Becca's blog features some of the best writing and thinking by anyone who works in higher education. On Twitter, she voices her opinions, shares resources, and is a fabulous leader.
- Gage Paine - There aren't a lot of senior student affairs officers who tweet. As the Vice President of Student Affairs for the University of Texas at Austin, Gage rocks the 140. She's a shining example of how a senior leader can be actively involved with social media.
- Laura Pasquini - Laura share's a plethora of resources via Twitter. Each day she curates a tremendous amount of links and stories that are always interesting. One of the brightest people that I know, Laura is always ahead of the curve.
- Cissy Petty - If you get the chance to meet Cissy in-person, I highly recommend it. She's a phenomenal leader and her presence on Twitter is full of wisdom, joy, and gratitude.
- Chandler Thompson - Chandler is a natural leader. As an undergraduate student at NC State and as a graduate student at the University of Georgia, she has showcased her ability to do big things. Her work in technology, higher education, and student affairs graduate programs may just be the spark that our field needs to reinvent and disrupt how we educate future practitioners.
- Audrey Watters - Audrey Watters is brilliant. The prose that she kicks out on Hack Education, Inside Higher Ed, the Atlantic, and basically everywhere else on the web is some of the most thoughtful stuff that you'll ever read.
- Tamara Yakaboski - There are several student affairs / higher education graduate program professors on Twitter. However, there aren't many who engage and connect as well as Tamara. She has less than 400 followers…what are you waiting for? Go, follow her.
Do you follow any of these awesome people? Post the reasons why you follow them in the comments below. Happy Friday and happy following!
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