Symposium on Professional Development in Student Affairs
Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 - 08:00 to Friday, 7 December, 2012 - 12:00

Best Practices on College & University Campuses

Marriott Inner Harbor | Baltimore, Maryland, USA


With the ever-changing landscape of higher education, student demographics, and educational delivery methods, professional development is an essential instrument to any student affairs division's toolkit. Professional development provides the opportunity for staff to develop and refine the skills and knowledge required to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of our students. With reduced budgets, more and more divisions and departments are developing “in-house” professional development opportunities for their staff to maximize limited financial resources. Professional development is more than just a workshop here or a webinar there. Like the learning experienced by our students, professional development should be a curriculum comprised of a solid foundation, clear learning outcomes, a variety of delivery methods to address multiple learning styles, and integrated assessment methods. How can a department or division pull all of these elements together into a comprehensive, integrated curriculum.

Whether you are just beginning to develop this curriculum or you have a strong curriculum already in place, this symposium will be a valuable experience. The program will consist of a variety of educational formats include plenary sessions, best practices "spotlights," structured conversations, and individual working time. Participants will:

  • Describe the issues to consider when developing a professional development curriculum
  • Describe how the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies can be used for a conceptual basis for a curriculum
  • Describe innovative best practices in the development and delivery of a professional development transcript
  • Leave with components of a professional development curriculum to apply to their campus

Who should attend?

This symposium is open for all student affairs professionals, graduate students and graduate preparation faculty who are interesting in engaging in conversations related to the creation or enhancement of effective campus-based professional development programs. This symposium would be most beneficial for SSAO’s and those professionals who are responsible for professional development in their department/division.


Payment and Cancellation Policy

Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted. Refunds will be given for cancellations received in writing by November 15, 2012 - less a $55 processing fee. After November 15th, there are no refunds. ACPA reserves the right to charge a service fee of $50 for returned checks. A processing fee of $50 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined or to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the fees will be fully refunded; however, ACPA will not be responsible for other additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines and/or travel agencies. All rates are in U.S. Dollars.

Contact Information

For more information about ACPA’s Symposium on Professional Development in Student Affairs, contactTricia Fechter, Senior Director - Professional Development, Research & Scholarship   1.202.835.2272.