Developments, Volume 12, Issue 4 (Winter 2014)

  • From the President

    From the President

    Kent PorterfieldI have no idea where the time has gone as I enter this final quarter of my term as ACPA – College Student Educators International President, but I am amazed at how much has happened over the last several months. Without question, I can tell you that ACPA is making some great strides forward. Dr. Cindi Love is doing a terrific job in her first year as ACPA’s Executive Director. I cannot say enough good things about her leadership and stewardship. I commend the entire ACPA staff ...

  • Who Let the Gays Out? (Apologies to the Baha Men)

    by Gretchen J. Metzelaarsm Ohio State University

    ACPA’s Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness began from a collaborative idea at the 1983 convention. More than 30 years later, SCLGBTA is thriving in its commitment to mobilize members of ACPA – College Student Educators International to build community, empower advocacy, and advance knowledge with people of all genders and sexualities. This Developments series celebrates 30 years of LGBTQ issues and identities in student affairs from three perspectives: administration, research, and association. Each essay explores the history and current ...

  • Perspectives on an Ethic of Care: Reflecting on the Jon C. Dalton Institute 2014

    In February of 2014, Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Residential Life granted the funds for a delegation of two entry-level staff, a first year graduate assistant, and three undergraduate resident assistants to attend the 2014 ...

  • How to Support the GLBTQIA Community as an Open Christian

    Jonathan Ross, Lyndon State College

    Higher education professionals who identify as Christian often face a difficult crossroads between two seemingly opposed viewpoints.  Traditionally, Christian values have been touted as anti-GLBTQIA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Allies).  As a new professional and “Open Christian” (someone who is open about their faith), there were ...

  • The Pomp and Circumstance Marches

    The Pomp and Circumstance Marches

    by Jeffrey C. Sun, University of Louisville

    Colleges and universities are gearing up for commencement.  However, on some of our campuses the pomp and circumstance march will not be in academic regalia.  Instead, we may face marches of students, alumni, and guests who are protesting the invitation of the school’s commencement speaker.

    The pomp and circumstance march is not a new phenomenon.  According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “controversies over commencement speakers are practically an annual tradition on college campuses” (Anonymous, 2014).  ...

  • A Model for Ethical Professional Practice and Leadership

    A Model for Ethical Professional Practice and Leadership

    Jonathan O’Brien, California State University, Long Beach

    As practitioners, we share values and principles that are the foundation of our profession. How we implement them is filtered through our family traditions, life experiences, and the preparation and training we received in formal education.  Once employed, we are also obliged to support the missions and goals of our institutions and functional areas (Hirt, 2006; Tull & Madrano, 2008). Although I have stated this rather ...

  • General Education Requirements in Technical Degree Programs: Do They Close or Open Doors?

    Marisa Vernon, Columbus State Community College

    Community colleges seek to provide education pathways to the masses, with missions focused on access. Given this focus, American community colleges have always served as the most natural home for technical education programs designed to provide occupational training. During the community college growth period ...

  • Diversity in America and on Campus

    by Tadd Kruse, American University of Kuwait

    Over the last two decades higher education has made significant efforts to emphasize and capitalize on the role and importance of diversity in tertiary education.  Related terminology is easily found in most institutional mission statements, strategic plans, and institutional goals, as well as being illustrated ...

  • From the Editor

    Paul Eaton-Web-1Welcome to the Winter Issue of Developments!  If you are like me, you may be questioning how, exactly, Fall semester came to such a rapid conclusion.  Whether you find this semester has been fruitful, challenging, or somewhere along a continuum, please accept the well-wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season and break from everyone at Developments.

    I was blessed to make my first official visit to the ACPA – College ...

  • From One Dupont Circle: Lead

    From One Dupont Circle: Lead

    Dr. Cindi Love, Ed.D.In the July 2014 Leadership Meeting for ACPA, I introduced an acronym that I believe illustrates the present and future context for our work as the ACPA – College Student Educators International community of social justice educators and student affairs professionals–L.A.M.P.  Lead. Amplify. Mobilize. Partner.

    In this edition I want to talk about Lead.

    In the short time that I have served as Executive Director (since July 2014), my observation about leadership in ACPA is that it does not manifest in a traditional way–it’s not about being “over” ...