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Practitioners, Technology, and Competencies
April 15, 2011 - 4:15am

Have we finally reached a critical mass of student affairs techies? I'm beginning to think that we have some traction, some momentum...

This week, my guest on Student Affairs Live was Leslie Dare, the Director of Student Affairs Technology Services at NC State University. We chatted at length about student affairs and technology. Our conversation covered student affairs graduate program curricula, technology competencies within student affairs, and the emergence of new functional areas. Leslie is a mainstay in the student affairs techie community. Her insights as a director shed a lot of light on the current state of #SAtech.

I think we both agreed that technology needs to be a competency and perhaps even its very own functional area within our profession. Optimally, student affairs professionals would possess the necessary technology expertise to enhance the work that they do regardless of their particular unit. However, this is the goal. We have yet to even scratch the surface of what a tech savvy profession would look like. In order to benefit our existing competency areas, we have to set aside the idea that technology is a thread. Perhaps for the future that will happen. Ultimately, we cannot sew if we don't know that the thread exists. Technology must be placed on a spool and given it's own separate position on our sewing machine.

It should be noted that the blog posts that I've written on this topic have garnered a lot of commentary from the community:

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