Rey Junco Professor

Faculty Associate

Berkman Center for Internet & Society - Harvard University

Location
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
Discipline
Education
Interests
the effects of social media on college student psychosocial development, learning, engagement, and success.
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About

Rey Junco is a social media scholar who investigates the impact of emerging technologies on college students. His investigations concentrate on how social media affect student psychosocial development, engagement, and success. His research has focused on informing best practices in technology use with students in the areas of advising, student affairs, and teaching. Through research findings, Rey has shown that technology, especially social media like Facebook and Twitter, can be repurposed in order to improve educational outcomes. He is especially interested in examining the digital divide-- differences in the ownership and use of technology by members of underrepresented groups.

Best known for his innovative research on how students use technology, Rey conducted the first large, multi-institution survey of student technology use, which he wrote about in his book, Connecting to the Net.Generation: What Higher Education Professionals Need to Know about Today’s Students. Rey further explored students’ Internet usage in his second book, Using Emerging Technologies, in which he examined comprehensive analysis of social media’s role in student engagement, technology’s potential to improve retention, and blogs’ potential to improve students’ writing and marketing skills. He recently published results from the first experimental study of social media on academic outcomes and found that Twitter can be co-opted for academic purposes in order to increase student engagement and improve grades.

Rey earned his doctorate in education in counselor education and his master’s in clinical psychology from Penn State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Florida. Rey currently serves as a faculty member in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling and Director of Disability Services at Lock Haven University.
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Publications

  • Inequalities in Facebook use

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    Computers in Human Behavior (2013)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • iSpy: Seeing what students really do online

    Junco R

    Learning, Media and Technology (2013)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Comparing actual and self-reported measures of Facebook use

    Junco R

    Computers in Human Behavior (2013)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • No A 4 U: The relationship between multitasking and academic performance

    Junco R, Cotten S

    Computers & Education (2012)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement

    Junco R

    Computers & Education (2012)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multiple indices of Facebook use and academic performance

    Junco R

    Computers in Human Behavior (2012)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Media Review: # sachat on Twitter

    Junco R, Dahms A, Bower M, Craddock S, Davila D, Hamilton M et al.

    Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (2010)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Technology and Today's First Year Students

    Junco R

    Meeting challenges and building support: Creating a climate for first-year student success (2005)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • The Need for Student Social Media Policies

    Junco R

    EDUCAUSE (2011)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Civil discourse in the age of social media

    Junco R, Chickering A

    About Campus (2010)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Perceived academic effects of instant messaging use

    Junco R, Cotten S

    Computers & Education (2011)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • The effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades

    Junco R, Heiberger G, Loken E

    Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (2011)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • The Effect of Gender, Ethnicity, and Income on College Students' Use of Communication Technologies

    Junco R, Merson D, Salter D

    CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (2010)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Campus Social Climate Correlates of Environmental Type Dimensions

    Salter D, Junco R, Irvin D

    NASPA Journal (2004)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Improving the campus climate for students with disabilities through the use of online training

    Junco R, Salter D

    NASPA Journal (2004)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • An introduction to technologies commonly used by college students

    Junco R, Cole-Avent G

    New Directions for Student Services (2008)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Connecting to the Net.Generation: What higher education professionals need to know about today's students

    Junco R, Mastrodicasa J

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Measuring Small-Group Environments A Validity Study of Scores From the Salter Environmental Type Assessment and the Group Environment Scale

    Salter D, Junco R

    Educational and Psychological Measurement (2007)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.
  • Beyond the horizon.

    Timm D, Junco R

    New Directions for Student Services (2008)

    • -- Readers Readers not available. This publication is not currently accessible in the Mendeley catalog.

Professional experience

Faculty Associate

Berkman Center for Internet & Society - Harvard University

August 2012 - Present

Professor/Director

Lock Haven University

Present

Education history

Pennsylvania State University

Counselor Education & Clinical Psychology

Present