"Advancing Student Affairs, Engaging Students" are the central parts of being student affairs educator and member of ACPA-College Student Educators International. As you progress in your career, you need to keep abreast of current issues, trends and research in this field.

Whether it's the Annual Convention, Institute for Aspiring SSAOs, the Mid-Level Management Institute, the New Professionals Institute or State/International Chapter workshops or conferences, ACPA provides you with many opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and tools so you are more effective in your job and your work with students.

Professional Development Resources

Professional Development Opportunities

September - Being Good Company on Students' Journeys Toward Intercultural Maturity

Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
As our world becomes more globalized, student affairs professionals need to rise to the challenge to prepare students for life and work in a global society. This session explores the concept of intercultural maturity (based on King and Baxter Magolda's Developmental Model of Intercultural Maturity) and ways in which educators can foster students' development of intercultural maturity. Our session is geared toward practioners in all functional areas who are passionate about preparing students for meaningful lives in a global society. Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2407963848043541773
Professional Development Opportunities

Institute on the Curricular Approach™

Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:00pm
ICA 2019 will formally recognize the broader applicability of the Approach by changing the name of the institute from the Residential Curriculum Institute to the Institute on the Curricular Approach. We continue to see more and more colleagues apply this Approach in functional areas beyond residential life and as entire student affairs divisions. This name change formally recognizes that shift in interest from participants and acknowledges the applicability of the Approach to all learning beyond the classroom.
Professional Development Opportunities

Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

Monday, 14 October 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 6:00pm
The University of Vermont annually presents one of the nation’s premiere conferences focused on the diverse legal issues impacting all aspects of higher education. The conference spans two and a half days and includes multiple concurrent sessions, large plenary sessions, welcome reception, networking lunches and vendor area.
Professional Development Opportunities

Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths™

Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 12:00pm
The ACPA Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Underrepresented Identities and Career Paths will explore ways in which our diverse backgrounds (such as gender identity and presentation, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical/cognitive qualities) impact our move to and experience within an SSAO role. This event is for professionals with 5+ years of experience.