As we prepare for the 2020 ACPA National Convention in Nashville, we are excited to share this issue of Developments. This issue includes useful information and reflection about graduate students, new professionals, navigating life in relation to the job. We also are excited to share information about pedagogy and building community around identity and scholarship. Additionally, the work of student
Written by Craig Elliott, ACPA President This is a time of celebration. As I reflect on the past year, I am proud of the work that we have accomplished. I am proud of the leaders we have serving this Association. And I am proud of the foundation we have put in place to support the next 100 years of this
Greetings ACPA Members! Living and working in Washington, D.C. for the last 15 years, I have adjusted to the fact that politics is a way of life in this city. It can be all consuming, particularly in years of U.S. presidential elections. With the U.S. in increasingly political turmoil since the 2016 election and the country polarized along party lines,
Crisis Communication: Keeping Parents and Family Members of Students in the Loop // written by Anne Newman & Kathy Adams Riester
Anne Newman Rutgers University-New Brunswick Kathy Adams Riester University of Arizona Student Affairs professionals are called upon to address a myriad of student issues and concerns on a regular basis. While any number of incidents and concerns can cause stress, a campus crisis disrupts campus operations, impacts the welfare of community members, and impedes our ability to help college students.
John Summerlot Indiana University Bloomington Ben Williams University of Colorado Boulder Emergencies have timelines: there are the events that precede an emergency, the emergency itself, and the events that happen after the emergency. In the military, everything before the emergency is referred to as “Left of Bang.” Bang is the point where an emergency situation occurs. Everything “Right of Bang”
Working through Campus Tragedy Alongside the Families of Deceased Community Members // written by: Mahauganee D. Shaw & Amanda Alberti
Mahauganee D. Shaw Miami University Amanda Alberti Miami University An unfortunate and challenging reality for today’s student affairs practitioners is that campus tragedies are anticipated events within the scope of our work responsibilities. Although deeply troubling, time on the job teaches us that isolated tragedies such as student deaths from life-threatening illness, suicide, substance use or other causes can be
Examining the relationship between community engagement and graduate student preparation // written by: April Perry, Christopher Ray and Lane Perry
April Perry Western Carolina University Christopher Ray Western Carolina University Lane Perry Western Carolina University ABSTRACT This article investigates the correlation between the concepts of community engagement and graduate student populations. In particular, a focus is on analyzing extant literature highlighting the concept of community engagement within higher education and examining the relationship between community engaged professionals and postmodern professionals.
Latinx Network Writers Group: Demystifying the writing process for scholar-practitioners // written by: Ricardo Montelongo, Stephen Santa-Ramirez, Karla Cruze-Silva & Gary Santos Mendoza
Ricardo Montelongo Sam Houston State University Stephen Santa-Ramirez University at Buffalo Karla Cruze-Silva University of Arizona Gary Santos Mendoza Florida Atlantic University In 2014, the Latinx Network (LN) introduced the LN Writers Group to promote writing and publishing as ways to convey our members’ experiences and knowledge. In this article, we share our experiences as founding members of the LN
Invigorating a Scholarship of Practice for the Profession of Student Affairs // written by: Patrick G. Love and John M. Braxton
Patrick G. Love Springfield College John M. Braxton Peabody College of Vanderbilt University Ever since the emergence of the concept of a scholarship of practice in student affairs, there have been tenuous and incomplete connections between practitioners and scholars in student affairs. The established and stronger path of connection is from the work of scholars to the work of practitioners.
Chelsea M. Jordan Tufts University A variety of studies have examined the experiences of dual-career couples in academe (Greer & Poe, 2005; Kibel, 2013; Rice, Twombly, and Wolf-Wendel, 2000). In each case, authors have found, as Rice, Twombly, and Wolf-Wendel (2000) wrote that “academic couples face an extremely difficult task, namely finding two positions that will permit both partners to
Less is More: A Journey to Simplify and Focus Through Transforming Pedagogy // written by Paige Haber-Curran, Ph.D.
Paige Haber-Curran, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Texas State University I grew up in the mountains, and on hikes, my brother and I panned for gold in the clear and frigid creeks. As we filled the sieve with contents of the creek bed, it was difficult to distinguish the materials. As we shook the sieve back and forth, sifting the contents, the