Campus Life Spotlight: Careers in Student Affairs Month

Posted on Oct 4, 2011

Careers in Student Affairs Month is here!

Each week, we highlight a variety of different activities, theories, and concepts related to college student development. This week, we call attention to the month of October being Careers in Student Affairs month.

Coordinated through NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and ACPA (Student Educators International) , Careers in Student Affairs month is an opportunity for educators and students alike to explore the career options available in the fields of campus life and higher education administration. Unlike other academic fields, student affairs does not have a traditional undergraduate program that prepares students to enter the field. Instead, it is through employment, mentorship, leadership opportunities and more that students learn about the viability of a career in student affairs.

On the UW-Superior campus, we have expanded our Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM) activities from one event in 2010 to five events in 2011. We encourage you to review these opportunities and share them students who maybe are considering the field as part of their continuing education and career development.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th, Allison Gerland from Student Involvement is hosting a free webinar through NASPA from 2-3pm in YU 201 entitled "Can I Really Do This For A Living? Careers in Student Affairs". The webinar will have a panel of practitioners from University of West Florida, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, and University of Puget Sound.

On Tuesday, October 11th, 6:30-7:30pm in YU 203 Stephanie Monson from First Year Experience and Shannon Gilligan from Career Services are hosting a Student Affairs Mash-Up. In this speed-dating style activity, students will have a rotation of 5 minute chats with a variety of Campus Life professionals. The round-robin style activity will allows students to get to know how people entered the field, what advice they have, and what they can do to enter Student Affairs.

Through the week of October 17th, a variety of Campus Life staff are hosting day long job shadowing opportunities for students. Students can email to sign up with Ivy Vainio in Multicultural Student Services for the unique chance to shadow a staff member and see the variety of different projects, tasks, meetings, and events a student affairs practitioner completes in a day.

This year, Residence Life is also sending two students to the Wisconsin Student Personnel Association Student Affairs 101 conference October 21-22nd in Wisconsin Dells. These students will get to learn from a variety of practitioners across the state of Wisconsin what the field entails and how to proactively get involved.

Finally, on Tuesday, October 25th, Mickey Fitch from Residence Life will be hosting a Grad School 101 program from 8-9:30pm in YU 201 for students interested in pursuing graduate education in student affairs administration or college student personnel. In this program, students will learn about the application process as well as the graduate/research assistantship search process.

It's a full month for career development and exploration in Campus Life, and we encourage you to shoulder tap students who have expressed interest or you feel would find a good fit as a student affairs practitioner. Any questions about CSAM events can be directed to Mickey Fitch in Residence Life.

Check out the Campus Life Spotlight each Tuesday online and in the Staff Digest!

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