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Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

Adam Gismondi

Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Director of Impact

Adam Gismondi

Adam Gismondi

Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Director of Impact

Phone 617-627-4405
Lincoln Filene Hall
10 Upper Campus Road, Medford, MA
Biography: 

Adam works with qualitative research, resource production and dissemination, and social media outreach at IDHE. His research largely focuses on civic outcomes of media use by college students, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement. Adam also currently serves as a part–time faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, as an advisory board member for SXSWedu, and as president of the William & Mary Alumni Boston Chapter. Prior to working in a research capacity, Adam spent six years working as a student affairs administrator at Florida State University and University of Florida. He holds a BA from William & Mary, an MEd from the University of Florida, and a PhD from Boston College.

Education: 
Ph.D., Boston College
M.Ed., University of Florida
B.A., College of William & Mary
Professional Experience: 
2011-2016:

Boston College: Research & Teaching Assistant/Visiting Scholar

2005-2011:

Florida State University: Assistant Director of Student Activities

2005-2007

University of Florida: Division of Student Affairs

Research Interests: 

Civic media; student learning; campus climate; digital news & information consumption; mis/disinformation; news & media literacy; student activism; democratic organizing

Selected Publications:

Gismondi, A. (2017). Informed and Active: Political engagement begins on campus. NASPA’S Leadership Exchange.

Gismondi, A. & Osteen, L. (2017). Student activism in a digital age. New Directions for Student Leadership, No. 153. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., Martínez-Alemán, A. M., & Savitz-Romer, M. with Gin, K., Gismondi, A., Lewis, J., Knight, S., Radimer, S. (2017). Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students, Rutgers University Press.

Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., & Martínez-Alemán, A. M., with Gin, K., Blakeley, B., Gismondi, A., Lewis, J., McCready, A., Zepp, D., & Knight, S. (2016). Social media in higher education. ASHE Higher Education Report. 42(5), 7-128.

Arnold, K., Wartman, K., Brown, P., Gismondi, A., Pesce, J., & Stanfield, D. (2016). The Connector Study: A strategy for collecting post-graduation data about low-income high school students. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.

Gismondi, A. (2014). #OccupyWallStreet: Social media, education, and the Occupy movement. In V. Benson & S. Morgan (Eds.), Cutting-edge technologies and social media use in higher education. London: IGI Global.

Gismondi, A. (2008) The downside of the Internet: Cheating and technology in higher education. In K. J. Mayberry (Ed.), Everyday Arguments, Third Edition. Wadsworth Publishing: Florence, KY.

Selected Conference Presentations and Papers:

“Moving to a Post-“Post-Truth” Society: What is Higher Ed’s Role in News Literacy?” Presented at the Campus Compact Annual National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, March 2018.

"Using the 2018 Election as a Learning Opportunity." Presented at the Campus Compact Annual National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, March 2018.

“The 2016 Election on Campus: An Overview of NSLVE Findings.” Presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, March 2018.

"Politics 365: Campus Climate Trends for Student Political Learning." Presented at the Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition Summit in Washington, D.C., February 2018.

“Media Literacy, Fake News, and the Civic Media Challenges Facing Higher Ed.” Presented at the TDC/ADP/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference in Baltimore, MD, June 2017.

“Educating for Active Citizenship.” Co-Presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 2017.

“Political Learning, Equity, and Agency: New Tools for Student Development.” Presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 2017. 

 “College Students and Digital Technology: Research, Outcomes, and Implications.” Co-presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention in Tampa, FL, March 2015.

 “Effective Tech: Improving Student Engagement Through Social Media.” Co-presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, March 2015.

 “iPads and Social Media: New Pathways to Promote Student Engagement Within a Summer Bridge Program,” Paper co-presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

“#CivicEngagement: Social Media and College Student Activism,” Presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, March 2014.

 “Using Social Networking and iPad Technology to Promote First-Generation Student Success,” Co-presented at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, March 2014.

 “Social Networking Media and First Generation College Student Success: A Case Study,” Paper co-presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, November 2012.

"Capturing the Elusive: Accounting for Study Attrition and Complex Trajectories in Longitudinal Study of Low-Income High School Graduates," Paper co-presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, November 2012.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
HASTAC Scholar (2014-2015; 2017-2019)
Summer Dissertation Development Grant recipient, Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Faculty/Staff Seminole Award, Florida State University (Given yearly for "major contributions to the University through service to students")
Selected Professional Activities: 
Advisory Board, SXSWedu
Leadership Advisory Board, College of William & Mary
Civic Media Researcher, Civic Series
Research and Scholarship Committee Member, Digital Task Force -- American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
Selected Funded Research: 

As Research Assistant:
Martinez Aleman, A. (Co-PI), & Rowan-Kenyon, H.T. (Co-PI). Promoting first-generation college student success:  Using online social networking, digital gaming, and iPad2 technology to enhance academic support and engagement in Options Through Education (OTE) students. Funded by a Boston College Academic Technology Innovation Grant from June 2012-May 2014 for $67,000.

As Research Assistant:
Martinez Aleman, A. (Co-PI). & Rowan-Kenyon, H.T. (Co-PI). Promoting first-generation college student success:  Using online social networking, digital gaming, and iPad2 technology to enhance academic support and engagement in Options Through Education (OTE) students. Funded by a Boston College Teaching and Mentoring Grant from June 2012-May 2013 for $14,025.

Teaching/Courses Taught: 
Current Issues in Higher Education (Boston University Graduate School of Education)
Governance & Decision-Making in Higher Education (Boston University Graduate School of Education)
Information Technology in Higher Education (Merrimack College School of Education & Social Policy)