Developments, Volume 11, Issue 3 (Summer 2013)

  • From One Dupont Circle: Quarterly Update

    From One Dupont Circle: Quarterly Update

    Gregory Roberts
    ACPA Executive Director

    Greetings from One Dupont Circle!

    There has been a tremendous amount of activity since we last engaged and I want to share some of those items with you:

    ACPA completed work on an aggressive Strategic Plan that targets eight (8) key areas of focus, six (6) strategic goals and two (2) strategic initiatives:

    • Career Development
    • Professional Development
    • Research and Scholarship
    • Equity and Inclusion
    • Association Performance and Excellence
    • Leadership in Higher Education
    • Globalization
    • Recruitment/Retention

    All of our efforts will be focused around each of these agendas over the next ...

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  • Are We Really That Different?

    Are we really that different?

    Paul Eaton
    Editor
    Louisiana State University

    Writing the Editor’s introduction to Developments always gives me an opportunity to think critically. I try to title my introductory pieces around central metapatterns, questions, or themes running through the various articles of the Issue. This Issue of Developments has many themes and important questions for each of us to consider as we embark on the start of a new academic year.

    This question – Are we really that different? – is one posed to us by Marisa ...

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  • ACPA – College Student Educators International Launches Mid-Level Community of Practice

    ACPA – College Student Educators International Launches Mid-Level Community of Practice

  • Two-Year Colleges: Why Every Educator Should Care

    Two-Year Colleges: Why Every Educator Should Care

    Marisa Vernon
    Columbus State Community College

    As professionals, it can be so easy to settle into a bubble. With so much information available to all of us, we naturally filter, compartmentalize, and focus on the topics that pertain directly to our institution’s priorities, the projects in which we are invested, or the specific student populations we serve. We scan the table of contents within the journals that appear on our desks, and skim through newsletters looking for familiar industry buzzwords. ...

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  • I am Not. . . & Who I Am: Reflecting Images of Asian American Women

    I am Not. . . & Who I Am: Reflecting Images of Asian American Women

    Joyce Lui
    Iowa State University

    In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, members of the Standing Committee for Women are pleased to sponsor a Series in Developments. Our Series, “Women As,” explores how women’s intersecting identities (race, class, gender expression and performance, sexuality, religion, etc.) impact women’s experiences in different roles. Thus, authors share their ideas as women who are leaders, faculty, caregivers, and/or students. In support of a feminist approach to research ...

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  • Make Room for Fido: Recent Legal Trends Support Requiring Colleges and Universities to Permit Emotional Support Animals in Student Housing

    Make Room for Fido: Recent Legal Trends Support Requiring Colleges and Universities to Permit Emotional Support Animals in Student Housing

    Neal H. Hutchens
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Colleges and universities are well acquainted with the requirement to permit students with physical disabilities to possess assistance animals in student housing, namely per the standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A more complicated legal question deals with the issue of assistance animals for emotional support (Lipka, 2011). Emerging legal trends suggest colleges and universities should be prepared ...

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  • Intersecting Identities of Doctoral Student, Administrator, and Woman Struggling with Infertility: Reflections on Personal Control

    Intersecting Identities of Doctoral Student, Administrator, and Woman Struggling with Infertility: Reflections on Personal Control

    Ann James
    Northern Kentucky University

    In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, members of the Standing Committee for Women are pleased to sponsor a Series in Developments. Our Series, “Women As,” explores how women’s intersecting identities (race, class, gender expression and performance, sexuality, religion, etc.) impact women’s experiences in different roles. Thus, authors share their ideas as women who are leaders, faculty, caregivers, and/or students. In support of a feminist approach to research ...

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  • Are you ready for the “Pacific Century”?

    Are you ready for the “Pacific Century”?

    Jason E. Lane
    State University of New York, Albany

    Over the past decade, a rapidly changing global landscape has led many colleges and universities to shift their focus eastward across the Pacific Ocean. While maintaining their European engagements, new resources are often invested to support activities in Asia. With this change in mind, has student affairs evolved to meet this shift?

    The latter part of the 20th century saw colleges and universities engage internationally more than ever before. Both scholars and ...

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  • From the President: Why We Struggle

    From the President: Why We Struggle

    Kathleen Kerr
    ACPA President
    University of Delaware

    I am often asked what distinguishes us as an Association. I do believe our Core Values are unique, and it is imperative that we constantly strive to demonstrate our commitment to them. This is easier said than done, but vitally important. As Robert Fulghum (2004), author of ...

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  • ACPA Professional Preparation Commission Call for 2014 Awards

    ACPA Professional Preparation Commission Call for 2014 Awards

    The Commission for Professional Preparation is now accepting applications, including self-nominations, for the following awards:

    Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award
    This award recognizes a doctoral student or students for original, journal-quality research that brings greater understanding to the learning or development of students or the organization and administration of student affairs practice. The award is $400.

    Gerald Saddlemire Master’s Research Award
    This award recognizes a Master’s student (or someone who graduated December 2012, Spring 2013, or Summer 2013) for original, journal-quality research that ...

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  • Staying Motivated: Perspective on Successfully Completing a Dissertation

    Staying Motivated: Perspective on Successfully Completing a Dissertation

    Betsy L. Diegel
    Davenport University

    During my dissertation process, I kept the simple phrase, ‘Keep your eye on the prize’ at the forefront of my mind. The prize, of course, was finishing and successfully defending my dissertation. I had always had a tenacious, highly motivated demeanor when it came to accomplishing personal goals. This attitude allowed me to complete my undergraduate degree while also being a student-athlete, continue immediately on to my Master’s degree, and finally begin a career ...

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