100 Professionals Answer “Why They Choose Student Affairs” As A Career #CSAM15

In honor of Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM), I asked my colleagues to complete the following sentence: I received approximately 100 responses.  Doing a back-of-the-napkin qualitative coding and analysis for themes (completely non-scientific on a non-scientific sample), the chart below represents the most common responses.  Not surprisingly, “learning and growth” and “making positive change” rose to the top.  As a helping profession, one would hope to see this occur.  Many respondents explicitly reported they are motivated by wanting to help our most vulnerable student populations.  Interestingly, the theme of “pay it forward” appeared… Read More

Excited to Launch TheClownNoseProject.com

I’m launching a fun little experiment I call The Clown Nose Project! It’s a simple project trying to spread a little fun and joy. The basic concept is this: Seeing pictures of normal everyday people in clown noses makes me smile. Brightening someone’s day makes me smile. By harnessing the power of the internet, perhaps I could get a small army of clown-nose-armed people (which I refer to as “Clown Nosers”) to give out clown noses to unsuspecting people and take pictures or videos of them wearing them. We can post them… Read More