Unwritten Rules of Student Affairs

“Though leadership is universally accepted as a cure for all organizational ills, it is also widely misunderstood. Many views of leadership fail to recognize its relational and contextual nature and its distinction from power and position. Shallow ideas about leadership mislead managers. A multiframe view provides a more comprehensive map of a complex and varied […]

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Share Your Work

In the world of work, there’s work—what you were hired to do and what you tell curious relatives and people at cocktail parties, and then there is work—what you do every day. To you, this might seem boring. To me, well, let’s just say that my job didn’t exist five years ago and it’s changing […]

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Professional Development Without Conferences

If you’ve been following this series of blog posts, you read some important words from Ma’ayan Plaut earlier this month who spoke about investing in your professional development. But what if your investment account (read: “travel budget”) is a little lighter than others? Does that mean you shouldn’t put as much effort into your professional […]

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Choose Online Professional Development

Most of us will participate in professional development during the coming year. For many, this professional development will take place online. Online training has many benefits, including o lengthy travel and a flexible schedule. But will you get the maximum benefit from your online professional development? Here’s how. Get past the myths & setting expectations […]

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Know Your University

Building and maintaining relationships in higher education is essential to a successful career. This is not easy to do considering the people in key positions often change. A university is a dynamic organization, new students and faculty arrive each year, and priorities and big ideas are constantly evolving. Regardless of your area of focus, as […]

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Skills For Successful Student Affairs Staffing

Not long ago I was interviewed by a graduate student in Higher Education. One of the questions he asked was “what do you do best?” Now, that could have been a very loaded question, but the answer came easily. Years ago I might have opined about strategic planning, but in the last few years I […]

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Do Something Different—Get Off The Higher Ed Hamster Wheel

Are you on the higher ed hamster wheel? Face it—we all generally end up traveling down the same path. We follow our routines at work, we deal with the same topics, and we discuss the same issues. We eat at the same places with the same people, and complain about the same things. During conference […]

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Attend Your First Professional Conference

Your request to attend has been accepted by your supervisor, your registration fee has been paid, the travel reimbursement forms are at the ready. Congratulations! You are about to attend your first professional conference. But how do you make the most of this professional development opportunity, especially when you may feel like you have no […]

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Volunteer to Enhance Your Career

Raise your had if your job is the perfect fit and leading you on the career path of your dreams. Yeah, I didn’t think so. Unless you are one of the very lucky (and few), chances are that something is missing or doesn’t feel quite right for you in your work. When I finished college, […]

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Stay Relevant As Your Priorities Change

As I have participated in online communities or even have talks with my own supervisor, I have often felt that I have veered off my path to reach my career goals. When I started working in higher education a decade ago, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish and a timeline […]

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