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Using Social Media for Faculty

February 5 Handout

Click the button above to download the slides from Part 1: Introduction to Social Media for Faculty

Register for 2/19!

Click the button above to log in and register online for Part 2: Creating Your Social Media Presence

Friday, February 5 and 19, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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Social media is ubiquitous in our society. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Instagram, and many more are common tools, and you may use one or more of these already to connect with family, friends, and colleagues. Social media can also be a powerful tool for you to connect with other academics, help students build their personal networks, promote your research, and advance your academic career. 

In this two-part series, NIU faculty and staff will share why and how they have used social media as an academic.

February 5, 2015 - Part 1: Introduction to Social Media for NIU Faculty

Want to use social media as an academic, but need to know how to start or improve your efforts? Do you know what to watch out for, and do you understand the costs and benefits? Join Assistant Professor Alicia Schatteman and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Director of Communications, Paula Meyer as they share best practices and answer questions about faculty use of social media in the context of NIU. 

February 19, 2015 - Part 2: Creating Your Social Media Presence

Hear from a panel of faculty who are experienced with social media as they share tips and answer questions about various social media platforms. Try out several social media networks, including those designed specifically for the needs of faculty members, in this hands-on workshop. 

Featured Speakers

Alicia Schatteman

Alicia is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Public and Global Affairs, Department of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development. You can find her on the web at

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Paula Meyer

Paula is the Director of Communications for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has more than 14 years' experience in public relations, media relations, web and marketing communications.


Karli Johnson

Kalri is the Social Content Curator for Northern Illinois University, and manages to content on the university's official social media outlets.


David Gunkel

David is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication. You can find him on the web at 

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Matt Streb

Matt is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Political Science. He also serves as the NIU Faculty Athletics Representative.


Lynne Thomas

Lynne is an Associate Professor of the University Libraries, where she is the Head of Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections. She blogs at In addition to her own social media, she manages the official Twitter and Facebook feeds for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association, as well as co-publishing Uncanny Magazine and contributing to the Verity! podcast (plus much, muchmore).

Andrew Tawfik

Andrew is an Assistant Professor in Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment.

Miki Grace

Miki Grace is a native of Bellwood, IL and a senior at Northern Illinois University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a double minor in Black Studies and Community Leadership & Civic Engagement. She currently serves at the Director of Student Life for the Student Association and the President of the Zeta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This past summer Ms. Grace interned in the office of Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly, from the 2nd Congressional District of IL where she honed in on her interest in social media. She believes, that if used properly, social media can be the difference between effective and ineffective leadership.

Taylor Hayden

Taylor is the Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager in the division of Marketing & Communications. She has been at NIU for a little more than a year and has worked in marketing communications in education for the past four years.



Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

This workshop is only for NIU faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Register for February 5 here and February 19 here

Last Updated: 02/04/2016