As advocates of life-long learning, the Professional Development Team (PDT) works with the Vice President for Student Affairs to plan and facilitate intentional, on-going professional development opportunities for the Student Affairs staff and select campus partners.
Objectives for 2012-2013
The PDT will plan and sponsor:
- The SA Buddy Program where experienced SA staff members are matched with new staff members for the purposes of orientation and mentoring
Two social and informal gatherings or events where staff can interact and get to know each other better in an informal, less structured setting, including but not limited to the Staff Holiday Gathering and a Spring “De-Stress Day”
A “Book/Article/TED Talk” program on topics relevant to personal effectiveness, Student Affairs, and/or Higher Education
Opportunities for faculty and staff to gather and reflect upon relevant campus programs or events
The PDT will further develop the PDT Website to include a calendar of upcoming professional development events; retreat highlights, pictures, and materials; and a collection of the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies and Self-Assessments.
The PDT will provide input and depending on need, planning and coordination of:
- A new professional staff orientation in July to complement the orientation and training offered by Human Resources (for all new staff) and Residential and Commuter Life (for new RECs)
- A two-day semester closing retreat including a community service component in May
- The brief professional development in-services that are incorporated into the monthly larger staff meetings
The PDT will continue to promote the use of the revised ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies as a framework for assessing recommended skills and knowledge of Student Affairs staff and planning on-going professional development activities.
- To date, the “Leadership & Management/Administration”, the “Assessment, Evaluation, and Research”, and the” Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Professional Competency Self-Assessments have been administered and results analyzed for the division. In fall of 2012, the “Law, Policy, & Governance” Professional Competency Self-Assessment will be adopted.
- All professional development retreats and programs will continue to be recorded and mapped along the Professional Competencies.