4 Tips for Developing Buy-In for Curriculum from RAs, Student Staff Members, and Student Leaders

Transitioning to a curricular approach represents a cultural shift. A department can have well-articulated goals, outcomes, and educational plans, but a residential curriculum will never be successful without the necessary cultural and organizational change that comes along with it. For residence life departments, in particular, this means preparing your student staff members for this shift, involving them in the process, and helping them through the process of change. This is also true of other departments that may employ large numbers of student staff programmers or for those that work with student leaders… Read More

Residential Curriculum Element #3: Basis in Developmental Theory and Research

Student affairs professionals are educators. College student educators. Although we may not always believe we are, or maybe we are not always perceived to be, we are educators. Education and development is at the core of what we do and what we are trained in. To this end, curriculums should be based in the latest in developmental research and learning theory. This is one of the reasons why the enactment of residential curriculum often requires the presence of Masters-level trained professionals. In order to be effective educators, staff must be equipped with… Read More

Playing Around With Concepts Of College Student Digitized Self-Authorship

Although not the specific focus of my research, it nevertheless occurred to me that some of the behaviors I noticed students exhibiting in my research followed well known and well established developmental patterns.  As a thought experiment, I tried to map some of these behaviors to the classic developmental theories of Marcia Baxter Magolda and Robert Kegan.  This graphic was the result of this experiment.  It is VERY much in draft form and subject to my evolving understanding, but I wanted to put it out into cyberspace for feedback and thoughts about… Read More