Student affairs has had a long history of women contributing to the profession that dates back to the turn of the century. This is something I feel too often goes under-appreciated. In many ways, women were almost wholly responsible for many of the values and principles we uphold in our work. Chief among them, the care for the whole person. Although the field is usually noted as beginning with the appointment of LeBarron Briggs in 1890 as Harvard’s “Dean of the College” in charge of student welfare, women quickly followed with Elizabeth… Read More
Last Fall, ACPA released an EXCELLENT website that walks through a history of student affairs and college student educator practice as told through the seminal publications of the Association. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, I encourage you to scroll through them. In many cases you can click to see their full text. In addition to this excellent contribution to our history, the timeline also displays some of the most DELICIOUSLY RETRO publication covers from our past. We’ve come a long way. Here are a few of my favorites (with commentary).
Click to Expand I tried to capture some of the major publications in student affairs history as well as important moments in the growth of ACPA and NASPA. Think I should add something? Let me know in the comments below. UPDATE: Great feedback from everyone on the timeline. I’m thinking of creating an “Equitable Timeline of Student Affairs History” as an additional post. Given the space constraints of the design, my original focused more squarely on publication and major ACPA/NASPA events. I struggled with how to present a more inclusive history here. If… Read More