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