In the next two issues of Developments, we will feature a series of articles focusing on the 90th anniversary of ACPA – College Student Educators International. These articles are only one of many ways our Association will be celebrating this important milestone in history. During this year’s annual convention in Indianapolis, our entire community will not only commemorate the important work we have accomplished in the past 90 years, but also look ahead to the important work we have to do to continue impacting our students, campuses, and systems of education.
I want to personally thank Susan R. Stock of Roosevelt University, James P. Barber of the College of William and Mary, and Paul G. Brown of Boston College for their contributions that appear in this issue of Developments. Stock and Barber have effectively highlighted for all of us the important role of our profession in advancing understanding, education, and advocacy in regards to mental health and student learning. Further, each of their pieces challenges us as professionals to think about the future: how individually and collectively we can continue important work on our campuses, nationally, and internationally. Brown reminds us of the intimate connections of our profession, our still relative infancy, and invites us to explore our own connection to Esther Lloyd Jones.
As Kathleen Kerr discusses in her remarks, our profession thrives because of committed individuals whose passion, dedication, and vision ensures our Association continues to move forward. Each of the scholar-practitioners who have contributed to this issue fall into this category: sharing with us perspectives, intriguing questions, and challenging us to think about some important and sometimes difficult to discuss topics. I hope you will take the time to engage with each article of this issue and think about the many topics that are explored. In no short order, you will find in this issue articles exploring: the challenges facing undocumented students, the challenges associated with digital first-year experience courses, perceptions of safety on campus for international students, and ideas for building and enhancing academic coaching programs.
This issue also contains the final installment of our Series “Women As,” sponsored by the Standing Committee for Women. I want to thank all the authors who contributed to this important Series, helping each of us to think anew about the intersections of gender and multiple identities, as well as the continuing barriers of access and advancement present in the modern day academy.
I would like to welcome to our Editorial Board a new set of Reviewers and Copy Editors. Alongside our continuing editorial board members, each member of our team dedicates countless hours to reviewing manuscripts, working with authors, perfecting APA citations, reading and re-reading proofs, and ensuring thatDevelopments continues to advance knowledge and information that enhances our work. I thank each of them for being the most outstanding and professional team of individuals anyone could ask to work alongside. Finally, to our International Office Staff: ACPA – College Student Educators International would not be what it is without your work behind the scenes. If you have never had a chance to talk to or work with the fine individuals at the International Office, I hope that one day you will. As our Editorial Board works to continue enhancing our publication, the International Office Staff has been nothing short of supportive, encouraging, and hard working. Our Association is truly blessed to have such a strong supportive group of individuals working for us day-in and day-out.
Our next issue of Developments will appear immediately preceding our 2014 Annual Convention in March. From the entire team, may you have a safe, joyful holiday season and New Year.
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