Themes (Part 2): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Themes On Professional Competencies and the Student Affairs Philosopher King Also check out Josie Ahlquist’s series for an excellent alternative take on the topic.   In the previous post, I provided an overview of the Technology… Read More

Overview (Part 1): The Technology Competency for Student Affairs Educators

This series delves deeper into the new Technology competency recently added to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.  Intended to serve as a resource for faculty and professionals to guide professional development and teaching, it provides a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the competency and provides resources for further education. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Themes On Professional Competencies and the Student Affairs Philosopher King Also check out Josie Ahlquist’s series for an excellent alternative take on the topic.   The exciting news last week was that ACPA and NASPA released the revised “Professional Competency… Read More

What They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School: Managing Up

Managing up is the idea that the supervisory relationship is reciprocal.  If you look out for your supervisor, they will be more understanding and supportive of you.  It’s about knowing your boss’ style, what’s important to them, and using that knowledge to get the outcome you want. The art of managing up isn’t something we’ve done particularly well teaching in graduate preparation programs.  You may have picked it up in a practicum course or you may’ve had the luck of the draw with a professional mentor or supervisor.  Either way, learning to… Read More

Professional NeTWERKing: Presenting at the Wisconsin College Personal Association Conference

I’m excited to have the privilege of speaking to and presenting a number of sessions at the Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA) Fall Conference this week.  For those of you that follow my blog and research, many of the topics I’m covering should be familiar to you.  As I evolve, however, so do my presentations.  So… just as Heraclitus might say… you never quite see the same one twice. I am particularly excited to speak with the SA101 attendees who are undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in student affairs.  For their… Read More

Experiment Using Social Media in the Classroom (After The Article)

Twitter Bird

Last week, StudentAffairs.com published a piece I wrote entitled, An Experiment Using Twitter in Teaching a Student Affairs Practicum Course, in their Journal of Technology in Student Affairs.  (Please check it out and let me know what you think!)  In one of the later paragraphs of the piece, I wrote about my plans for teaching with social media in the future.  As many of my students will tell you, I like to try one or two new “teaching experiments” each semester.  Usually these experiments involve some kind of technology or social media… Read More