Message from the President

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

“We must not only resent and be angered at injustice; we must simultaneously be in love with justice, and we must be in love with each other.” I am moved by this sentence, written by our brilliant colleagues Stephen Quaye, Rachel Aho, Dre Dominigue, Florence Guido, Melissa Beard Jacob, Alex Lange, Dian Squire, and D-L Stewart, in the Bold Vision

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Letter from ACPA Executive Director

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

Hello ACPA members! I hope that this greeting finds you well at the beginning of a new academic year and ready to continue boldly shaping and transforming higher education and student affairs through your work and relationships. Whether June through August are a period of rest and renewal for your work or your busiest time of year, I always find

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From the Interim Editors

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

Dear ACPA Members and Developments readers, We are excited to welcome a new Editor and Associate Editor to lead Developments in its continued commitment to bridging scholarship and practice in student affairs! Dr. Michelle Boettcher, faculty at Clemson University, and Dr. Kyle Bishop, Assistant Dean of Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, have agreed to serve our association in

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Campus Threat Assessment: Considerations for Administrators

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

Roger “Mitch” Nasser Jr, PhD Lindenwood University One of the most challenging responsibilities for student affairs practitioners today is emergency management. The concern over student safety, liability, and possible lawsuits creates a mentality of perfection. Unfortunately, federal expectations and precedent may further confuse professionals. Where should professionals turn for advice on emergency management? What are best practices? How should institutions

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Role of a Graduate Student Honor Society in Encouraging Professional Identity Development

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

written by Christopher Giroir and Christine Austin Author Note Christopher Giroir and Christine E. Austin are both faculty members in higher education administration graduate programs. Dr. Austin is currently employed at Arkansas Tech University as a Professor, while Dr. Giroir is at The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where he serves as an Associate Professor. Correspondence concerning this article should be

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Moral Crises and Ordinary Virtues

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Uncategorized

written by Jonathan O’Brien The U.S. is slipping into a full-fledged moral crisis. At least that’s what the commentators and pundits in my morning newsfeeds are declaring. Higher education news outlets share in the nihilism with constant reports of corruption, neglect, and inept administrators. Admittedly, my bias is that higher education, like other social institutions, should be held to high

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Developing Resilience by Managing Staff Wellbeing during Crisis Response and Recovery

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

Christina Diggs Kyle Fassett Spanning concerns related to mental health, campus safety, and sexual violence, today’s emergency preparedness landscape in student affairs is enmeshed in crisis. When we look at crisis as “a perception or experiencing of an event that exceeds the person’s current resources and coping mechanisms” (James & Gilliland, 2013, p.23), it is clear how both small and

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The Myth and Practice of Grief in Student Affairs

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

written by Taylor Gladieux and Michelle L. Boettcher The field of Higher Education is one that emphasizes holistic wellness among college students. We are taught to ask probing questions, we give time for students to progress through the stages of development, and we comfort them in their array of emotions that they experience whether it be homesickness or a breakup

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Teaching Strategies to Enhance the Accessibility of How College Affects Students

ACPAAdmin/ September 13, 2019/ Volume 17

John M. Braxton Professor Emeritus of Leadership, Policy and Organizations Higher Education Leadership and Policy Program, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University Resident Scholar, Tennessee Independent College and University Association Affiliate Scholar, USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice Email: john.m.braxton@vanderbilt.edu The selection of course readings constitutes an important choice in planning for a course. Svinicki and McKeachie (2014) posits

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