Robert Kelchen, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy, has been selected by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top 15 academic social media influencers.
In honor of Twitter’s 10th birthday, The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed its staff and Twitter followers to compile a list of “15 Indispensable Academic Twitter Accounts.” Kelchen was credited with engaging his followers with timely news, reliable research and insightful blog posts.
“Social media has provided me with opportunities in terms of research, collaboration and helping with teaching,” said Kelchen. “For example, in my directed research course I taught a lesson on writing for the public. I asked my Twitter followers, many of whom are top-level journalists, about what they recommended students should know. I was then able to implement their suggestions in my course.”
Kelchen also used his expertise in social media to mentor a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy candidate who recently defended his dissertation on social media policy. “A knowledge of social media is so important. That knowledge allowed my mentee and me to connect and seek help from scholars interested in the topic of social media.”
Since being named to the list on March 22, Kelchen shared, his Twitter followers grew by 1,500. “Social media is a great opportunity for young faculty members to have their perspectives heard,” he said. “I am able to network with high-level journalists from outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, policy makers and leading figures in academia before even meeting with them at conferences and policy meetings.”
Kelchen is not new to media. His research and expert commentary have been covered by national media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Washington Post, Politico and Newsweek, in addition to appearances on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and KABC radio. His work as the methodologist for Washington Monthly magazine’s annual college rankings won an award for best data journalism from the Education Writers Association.
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