Sunday, 8 November, 2015 - 08:30 to Wednesday, 11 November, 2015 - 20:15

Institute for Aspiring SSAOs

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

November 8-11, 2015
Doubletree Nashville Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

ACPA is proud to offer this exciting professional development event for those who are considering a Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) role as a future career goal. 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. A faculty team of seasoned and diverse SSAOs from various types of institutions will lead participants in an introspective and intimate journey through six key questions:

  • What is your path?
  • What is this role?
  • Who are you?
  • What can you do?
  • Where should you serve?
  • What do you need?

This unique professional development experience will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on their personal identities, vocational purpose, and professional competencies through guided reflection and meaningful conversations in small and large group formats. Those who have already committed to the goal of serving as an SSAO, as well as those who are simply contemplating it, will benefit from the chance to think deeply and critically about that possibility with the assistance of experienced SSAO mentors. This institute will make you a stronger candidate for an SSAO position and more professionally grounded when serving in this leadership role.

Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, Nov. 8:

3:00-4:00pm      Why are we here?
4:00-5:30pm      Small group session #1
5:30-6:30pm      Dinner (provided)
6:30-7:30pm      Is this my path?
7:30-8:30pm      Group homework:  Job description analyses

Monday, Nov. 9:

8:30-9:00am      Continental breakfast
9:00-10:30am    What is this role?
10:30-10:45am  Break
10:45-1:00pm   Who are you?
1:00-2:00pm      Lunch and small group session #2
2:00-2:30pm      Break
2:30-4:00pm      What can you do?
4:00-5:00pm      Small group session #3
5:00-6:00pm      Break
6:00pm              Dinner and night on town (Dutch treat)

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

9:00-9:30am      Continental breakfast
9:30-10:45am    Where should I serve?
10:45-12:00pm  Small group session #4
12:00-1:00pm   Lunch
1:00-5:00pm      Faculty one-on-ones and free time
5:00-6:30pm      Fireside chat

      Casual conversations about these and other topics:

  • Managing politics
  • Working with cabinet
  • Managing your public presence

6:30pm                                    Dinner on your own and Individual homework:  Synthesis exercise

Wednesday, Nov. 11:

8:30-9:00am      Continental breakfast
9:00-11:00am    What do I need?            
                          Goal setting
​11:00am            Adjourn