Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™
Monday, 26 June 2017 - 3:30pm to Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 3:30pm

Columbus, Ohio, United States



Approximately half of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals, and 40% have less than five years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable New Professionals Institute to address the knowledge and skills emerging professionals desire as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis.

This institute is named in honor of Ms. Mable, a highly respected educator and leader in student affairs for the past four decades. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Longwood University (Virginia), and Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Phyllis Mable served as ACPA President from 1979-80.

This institute will include several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with resident faculty and small group facilitators.


  • Curriculum is focused on identifying and discussing the complexities facing our work on college campuses.
  • Highly interactive learning environment using presentations, case studies, discussions, and small group work with institute faculty.
  • Sessions dedicated to skill enhancement in the following areas.
    • Understanding campus cultures - external and internal influences
    • Finding your place within your organization
    • Having the difficult conversations
    • Being a supervisee and supervisor
    • Identifying additional needed knowledge and skill areas
    • Giving and receiving effective feedback and performance appraisals
    • Thinking about future career possibilities
    • Participating in on-going professional development opportunities

Tentative Schedule at a Glance

Monday, June 26

1:00—3:00pm                   Registration and Check in to Residence Hall

3:00—3:45pm                   Welcome & Overview & Getting Acquainted

                                        Institute Faculty

3:45—4:15pm                   Mentor Group Discussions:  Introductions & Ground Rules

4:30—6:00pm                   Plenary Session 1: Job One & The Landscape in Which You Find Yourself

6:00—7:00pm                   Dinner

7:00 –7:30pm                    Job One 2.0 Wrap Up

7:30 –9:00pm                    Mentor Group Discussions


Tuesday, June 27

8:00--9:00am                              Breakfast (provided)

9:00 –10:30am                  Plenary Session 2: Understanding Campus Culture and Community: Challenges for New Professionals

10:30—10:45am               Break

10:45—11:45am               Plenary Session 3:  Providing Formal & Informal Feedback

11:45—1:00pm                 Lunch (Provided)

1:00.– 2:00pm                   Plenary Session 4: Self Definition and Development

2:00—2:15pm                   Break

2:15—3:15pm                   Plenary Session 5: Building Effective Coalitions for Diversity and Inclusion

3:30 —5:00pm:                 Small Group Time 

Free evening to experience Columbus. We recommend dinner in the Short North.


Wednesday, June 28

8:00 - 8:30am:                  Breakfast (provided)

8:30 –10:30am:                 Plenary Session 6: The Student Affairs Practitioner: Real Talk

10:30—10:45am:              Break

10:45 –11:45am:               Plenary Session 7: The Parking Lot

Noon—1:00pm:                 Lunch

1:00 – 1:30pm:                  "Where am I going? How am I going to get there?"

1:30 –2:15pm                    Final Mentor Group Meeting

2:30pm                             Commencement