I, Marjorie C. Shavers, am an assistant professor at Morehead State University in the counseling program. I have a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and developed a cognate in Technology and Media Instruction during my doctoral work. I have taught a variety of counseling courses including theories, family counseling, assessment, internship, practicum, and group counseling. While counseling is traditionally a field that is taught face-to-face, I have taught several of the above courses online and have found ways to enhance the other classes using technology. In addition to my counseling courses, I also teach a first year seminar titled, Me 2.0: Managing Your Digital Footprint in a World of Social Networking and Blogging. This course has given me the chance to experiment with and incorporate social media in a way that enhances learning and engages students.
In addition to my teaching, I have also received training aimed at improving my work as an educator. I have received the Quality Matters Certificate and the Master Online Teacher Certificate from the Illinois Online Network. Excellent and intentional instruction is a goal of mine that requires continued professional development. Consequently, I am a member of several Professional Learning Communities aimed at effective instruction and the incorporation of technology in teaching. My research agenda also is aimed at the educational experience. My research agenda is divided into three distinct, yet interrelated, strands: (a) studying how educational professionals and administrators can influence the experiences and overall well-being of students of color (particularly African American females) when pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities; (b) examining ways that individuals, in general, and African American females in particular use Social Networking Site (SNSs) to explore and manage identity and foster communication and relationships; (c) exploring ways that SNSs and other emerging technologies have changed interaction and interpersonal styles and ways these changes may influence education.