2017 CCCSAA Professional Development Conference
CCCSAA wants to help fund your education!!!
Mary Avalos, CCCSAA President-Elect
If you are currently working towards a degree or continuing professional development training in student activities/student development, you may be eligible for the $750 CCCSAA Professional Scholarship.
The online application is very simple and easy to submit.
Changing Functional Areas in Student Affairs: A Career Webinar
Hosted by ACPA's Mid-Level Community of Practice
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
9 to 10 a.m.
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The midlevel point in a student affairs professional's career can be a time of great questions, feelings of burnout, and worries for what will come next. Whether it's deciding to remain in the same functional area you've been in since grad school or looking for a way to change your job to reignite your passion, the midlevel may be the right time to consider a change in functional area. But what does that mean for your long term career trajectory- will it help or hinder efforts to reach a senior level position. How do you show other units you have the transferable skills to go from student activities to career services or residence life to disability support services? These are no small questions and need big answers- join our panel of Senior Student Affairs officers for an interactive webinar to get these and many other questions answered.
Scott Peska, Dean of Students at Waubonsee Community College
Laura Bayless, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Jayne Brownell, Vice President of Student Affairs, Miami University of Ohio
CCCSAA Student Leadership Conference 2018
Three Keys for Graduate School Success
(An Interview with Professor Maureen Stabio)
The five years in her PhD program included some of the best and hardest educational experiences of assistant professor Maureen Estevez Stabio’s life. She wants every student to have an equally transformative experience. Your PhD program is a time to learn and grow. To figure out what you love. Don’t let these goals get left behind in the dust of the urgent.
When students ask Dr. Stabio for advice on how to do well in graduate school, she usually offers these three pieces of advice.
Follow Your Passions and Talents
“If it’s not a kick in the pants, it’s time to quit and find something else.” Stabio’s postdoc supervisor said this regularly. Grad school is the time to figure out what you love so much that it will sustain you in the hard times and make the good times feel like you aren’t working at all. Grad school is a time to explore and test out options.
The MyIDP tool can help you identify your strengths. Stabio encourages all of her students to use it.
But, she reminds, pace yourself, so you don’t burn out. Moderation is important. If you try to do too much, you won’t publish or do the other things you need to do to finish your degree. Those goals need to be front and center. If you are going to take on extra commitments, take on something that excites you, not those solely intended to pad your CV. She advocates being very selective and deliberate when you decide how to spend your time. We wrote about this together in “Your Bag of Apples | Set Realistic Goals.”
Also give yourself time and space for reflection. Think about what you get excited about. What are the implications of that self-knowledge? What are your passions and talents? As you identify them, be strategic about growing them.
Here’s an example from Stabio’s life: If you love teaching, as Stabio does, then find time to teach and improve as a teacher. She minimized teaching, because she wanted to prioritize research in the lab. Nevertheless, the identity “teacher” is on her To Be list. She found ways to keep true to that identity. How to develop as a teacher but not get swallowed in time sinks? She taught in small isolated chunks of time during both her PhD and postdoc: a summer short course for high school students, and a set of neuroanatomy lectures in the Brain Sciences Block for first year medical students. She also sought out supplemental pedagogical training: Boston University’s Vesalius teaching certificate program and teaching certificates from Brown University’s Sheridan Center. Her plans were always cleared with her PhD advisor and postdoc supervisor.
Since she wanted to be a faculty member at a teaching-intensive university, she figured out how to teach—and improve—without taking a lot of time away from the research bench or publishing her work. Her track record helped her land her current job.
Pick Your Advisor and Lab Wisely
The advisor-student relationship is the single unifying component of all doctoral degree programs across all academic disciplines. Select your advisor wisely. This relationship is crucial to your ability to learn and grow during your graduate program. Dr. M. Carter Cornwall was Stabio’s PhD advisor, whom she describes as “completely committed to my success.” She wrote about him inChange magazine (2009). Seek out high-quality mentorship. (In her Three Keys Interview, Alexandra Wright suggests building mentoring relationships with three advisors.)
It’s important to ask questions of your prospective advisor; and interview other students and postdocs (even former grad students) who work directly with the advisor. In Stabio’s case, Dr. Cornwall offered her the phone numbers of former graduate students when she first spoke to him. She called and asked about his strengths and weaknesses as an advisor and the lab environment. Those phone conversations were the determining factor for picking the lab. Nearly all of Cornwall’s former students and postdocs offered praise, and continued to call him for advice or collaborate with him.
Questions to ask the advisor and students include:
Learn to Write Well
In grad school, outside of experiments, writing consumed more of Stabio’s time than any other activity. “To survive in academia you write all of the time,” she noted. You write papers, grants, abstracts, proposals, CVs, cover letters for job applications, letters of recommendation. It never stops. (In Deji Akinwande’s Three Keys interview, his third piece of advice underscores this point.)
Investing in your writing is time well spent.
Maureen Stabio, influenced in part by her participation in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, sees herself as a steward of her discipline. Thus she takes mentoring students very seriously. Heed her guidance: Surround yourself with good advisors and colleagues who will help you to thrive. Pace yourself. Make mistakes. Follow your passions.
Help promote financial literacy among young adults in California
In recognition of National Financial Literacy Month, BestColleges.com is reaching out to college and career counselors in California to share our guide, Budgeting 101. Written with the goal of educating young adults about financial restraint, our guide features:
CCCSAA Bylaw Revisions
The CCCSAA Board has been reviewing the assocation's bylaw for the past year. Many curcial suggested edits have been proposed to our bylaws to help move our association further. We will be reveiwing many of the changes at the SSCCC General Assembly this coming weekend.
Click here to review the suggestive changes and make your own comments
2017 CCCSAA Professional Development Conference
Introducing a new presenation for 2017 Pro Conference
Dance Floor Theory: How To Solve Student Apathy
Melissa Ruiz from Swift Kick: Engage Your People
After the music fades and the hard work sets in, it might feel like you are the only one left doing all the work. Every year a massive number students join student groups only to disappear a few months later. Why does this happen and how can you prevent it in your group? In this session we’ll break down the hidden secrets to recruiting & retaining group members & officers so that the party keeps going on long after you’ve left the dance floor.
Click here to learn more about Melissa's presentation and the other speakers.
Journal of College Student Development
The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) is one of the world’s leading journals on higher education. Subscribers include the members of ACPA-College Student Educators International, individuals (subscriptions available through Johns Hopkins University Press), and academic libraries (as JCSD or Project Muse subscribers). JCSD is included in numerous research databases including the Social Science Citation Index, where JCSD is one of only five U.S. and international higher education journals indexed.
If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to JCSD, please see the Submissions section page above. Please contact us via e-mail or if you have any questions about the Editorial Manager system or the manuscript submission process in general.
Charles L. Lewis served as the first editor of JCSD (then known as the Journal of College Student Personnel) from 1959 through 1964. During its history, JCSD has been led by ten editors and 25 associate editors.
JCSD receives approximately 400 full-length manuscript submissions per year. Our acceptance rate is around 10%. JCSD receives national and international manuscript submissions from a wide range of academic fields including student affairs, higher education, sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, business administration, and health sciences.
Submissions to the Journal must be masked to facilitate blind review (please refer to the Submissions link and the Guidelines for Authors) and are reviewed by at least two Editorial Board members and the Editor. Approximately 50 Editorial Board members with extensive scholarly expertise and experience in a number of fields review manuscripts for JCSD. Board members are chosen for three-year terms through a nomination and application process (please refer to the Editorial Board link). The ACPA Governing Board selects the JCSD Editor via a nomination and application process.
Debora L. Liddell, Editor
Journal of College Student Development
Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
University of Iowa
What is Mobile Learning?
What is Mobile Learning?
Sometimes referred to simply as ‘mlearning’, mobile learning can be described as ‘anywhere, anytime’ learning that is not fixed in time (by schedule) or space (by location) and that is supported by digital technologies. Put differently, it is learning that is relevant to the context and location of the student. Mobile learning has two main elements: (1) the learner, and (2) a portable digital device (or devices) through which he or she accesses content. Such devices include mobile phones (both ‘smart’ and ‘dumb’), digital cameras, voice recorders, tablet devices (such as iPads), laptops and netbooks, video cameras, and MP3 players. Portable digital devices can support a variety of files and functions, including audio, video, and text files, and recording, wireless internet, news content, feeds, email, social media and other apps, and GPS and geolocation – all of which can be used for ‘learning on the go’. Internet connectivity is not essential for mobile learning although such connectivity is fast becoming the norm. Nevertheless, much effective mobile learning can still be achieved with devices that simply record or ‘play back’ content and information. In any case, mobile learning can be said to be (Faculty of Education and Social work, 2011, online):
Educational Benefits of Mobile Learning
Mobile learning pedagogies
Mobile learning supports a myriad of pedagogies, many of them constructivist in nature. Depending on how they are set up, mobile learning projects promote problem-based learning, peer learning, just-in-time learning, and active learning. For younger students, game-based learning (see Chapter 16) is also evident in mobile pedagogies, whilst mobile research- and inquiry-based learning can be integrated into your classroom practice for older students. This enables us to move away from the teacher-centered, information-centered, model of education and to instead encourage self-directed learning at a time and place that best suit the students and allow them to actively take part in different contexts (AT&T, 2010, online) outside the physical reality of the classroom. In fact, physical classrooms and our institutionalized school systems unavoidably compartmentalize education; mobile learning, on the other hand, integrates more readily with the whole of students’ lives, allowing them to uncover the world in a less restrictive and less conditional milieu.
Suffice it to say, then, the benefits of mobile learning are manifold, and will depend on how mobile devices are used in your classroom, and to what purpose. In general, however, mobile learning brings with it a host of other, more practical, advantages, most of which are based on the portability and pervasiveness of mobile devices. In the first instance, mobile learning can be personalized and made relevant to the learner and her specific context or environment. For example, if students are on a field trip to the British Museum, they might use an internet-connected mobile device to search the web for more information about one of the displays. In this sense, and as previously mentioned, mobile learning is also often spontaneous and informal and allows for immediate engagement with the current environment, making self-directed, student-centered learning experiences truly possible.
Motivation and personalization
One of the great benefits of mobile learning from the constructivist point of view is that it is a very social way of learning. The fact that mobile learning allows for differentiated learning environments (that is, environments that aren’t bound by time, place, age, ability, or even curriculum) means that students can be far more self-directed in their learning. They can explore things in their own time and in their own way, giving them more control over what, when, and how they learn. The upshot of this kind of personalization is that there is less pressure on students to work and learn in the same ways as the rest of their classmates. If, for example, students are set a mobile task to complete, they might choose to do it with others or on their own; in either case, students have more control over the pace and level at which they learn in an environment that makes them feel safe – because they have chosen it. Further, properly designed mobile learning tasks (and apps) will give immediate and useful feedback on progress. In such a motivating atmosphere they can attempt a task as often as they want without either fear of failure or being exposed to others who might diminish their efforts.
Activities supported by mobile learning
Although we can catalogue the variety of mobile devices available to students for use in education, perhaps what is more important are not ‘tech specs’ and functionality (both of which are in a constant state of change, anyway), but, rather, the types of activities that mobile devices can support. From this perspective, we can see that mobile learning supports relevant educational undertakings such as:
Geolocation as ‘learning locations’
The potential of geolocation, that is the ability of mobile appliances to pinpoint the exact geographical location of a device, object, or even person, is enormous. Geolocation is used by social media service providers, for example, to allow you to share your current location with your ‘friends’ or ‘followers’, or to find out the same about people you know or follow on social media. It also allows you to add location data – including, say, links to maps and other information – to photos that you tag and share using social media. Any mobile learning activity should account for geolocation in its educational design by considering different ‘learning locations’ and how they can be integrated into the pedagogy of the task. That said, however, the sharing of (or even enabling access to) geolocation information via mobile devices brings with it almost unfathomable risks for, and potentially irreversible negative impacts on, privacy and confidentiality. Geolocation is already being used for governmental, industrial, business, and, of course, military applications, some of which may be harmless, but many others of which are more than likely not. If this makes you even the slightest bit uncomfortable, then you should think very carefully about how, or even if, you would use geolocation as part of your mobile learning activities. See Chapter 7 for more information about risk management online.
Administrative advantages of mobile learning
Mobile devices provide many administrative advantages for teachers, the most basic of which include being able to access calendars, clocks, and reminders from any location. This can be extended if you have a device that supports apps that allow you to keep attendance records, create class lists, and develop contact registers for parents and guardians. Mobile devices also enable the easy delivery of content to students and can even be used for your own professional learning as you make connections with colleagues, explore the viability of mobile learning for your own classroom, or access development materials yourself via your portable device. Finally, of course, such devices and apps are excellent tools for keeping schools and parents in touch with each other through the posting of reminders, information about events, messages, and such like.
‘BYOD’ stands for ‘bring your own device’. Many schools are now supporting schemes whereby they allow and even encourage students to bring tablets, laptops, and netbooks from home to use in the classroom. There are many benefits to this, perhaps the most important of which from a learning point of view is that students get to navigate devices they are familiar with and don’t need to grasp something new (although how much this is a problem for younger users and more of a projection of older users is up for debate). In using their own device, students can also personalize their learning and then take it home with them to build outside of school hours on what they have learnt. From a more practical standpoint, student-owned devices are often newer and better featured than those supplied by the school, and a BYOD scheme can help offset the costs and administrative issues (insurance, keeping track of loans, potential for damage) associated with school-based loan schemes. Of course, a mix of BYOD and school-supplied devices in any given classroom is also possible, and in fact is important if we are to avoid disadvantaging students who do not have access to mobile devices at home.
AT&T (2010) Transforming the classroom with mobile technology. Retrieved from www.corp.att.com/edu/resources/videos/transform_classroom.html
Faculty of Education and Social Work (2011) Mobile Learning. University of Sydney. Retrieved from http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/learning_teaching/ict/theory/mobile_learning.shtml
2017 Student Affairs Assessment Institute
Consider joining attending this summer from Tuesday, June 20th, 2017- Friday, June 23rd, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA.
For more information and to register, please click here.
The Commission for Assessment and Evaluation is excited to announce Costa Mesa, California as the location for the 2017 Student Affairs Assessment Institute. The Assessment Institute provides a unique opportunity to learn assessment in a focused curricular experience. The two and half day institute provides an opportunity for a deep dive to learn about assessment in student affairs. The institute is developed and taught by faculty who are leaders in the field of student affairs assessment. Each institute session has defined outcomes that align with the ACPA and NASPA Competencies, allowing each session to build on one another to move participants through the assessment cycle. The Assessment Institute also includes to practice the skills you are learning and to interact with faculty in small groups.
The Institute provides a solid foundation for those brand new to assessment and a refresher to more experienced assessment leaders. The Institute offers two tracks, one for those engaged in assessment efforts within a department and a second divisional track for those leading assessment efforts across multiple departments. This year, we are excited to offer a third specialized track for community and two-year colleges. The planning team has invited faculty with expertise in the opportunities and challenges of assessment in this specific institutional environment.
Institute participants will leave with practical skills to advance their assessment efforts on their home campus. We also hope to inspire you with keynote sessions provided by Dr. Larry Roper (http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/users/larry-roper) and Kenneth Gonzalez with Achieving the Dream.
I am very proud to serve as chair of the Assessment Institute. I attended as a participant five years ago and have served as a faculty member every year since. It has been an amazing professional and personal experience! I love working with faculty who are passionate about making assessment more accessible. It is so rewarding to witness participants leave the institute with practical skills and a newfound confidence.
Martha Glass, Ph.D.
Senior Director for Assessment and Professional Development
Division of Student Affairs