Developments, Volume 13, Issue 2 (Summer 2015)

  • From the Editor – Summer 2015

    From the Editor

    Summertime Greetings! Welcome to the Summer Issue of Developments.  For those who have just recently wrapped up an academic year I hope you are finding time to enjoy the warmer weather and a bit of “down time” on campus.  For those working in summer programs of all varieties, thank you for your outstanding work over the summer.  Transition programs, summer camps, and academic year preparations are so important, and summer can be a wonderful time on campus as we welcome or prepare to welcome new members ...

  • Moving from Serendipity to Intentionality
     Moving from Serendipity to Intentionality

    On a Friday night in late April of 1987, during the spring of my sophomore year, I was attending a movie with friends in Brody Hall at Michigan State University (MSU). Back then, the Residence Hall Association screened movies in select lecture halls across campus. We didn’t have Netflix. We didn’t even have cable; just ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS (if the rabbit ears were adjusted just right).

    After the movie, an event happened that ...

  • Mobilize

    This column is third in a series about ACPA’s L.A.M.P. (Lead. Amplify. Mobilize. Partner.) strategy for discernment about our work as an association.  I want to talk about  “M”–mobilizing the ACPA community as part of a larger social movement for equity and inclusion for all people.

    It is an exciting time to be an ACPA member because we are in a period of significant social upheaval and disruption worldwide—a time that Frederick Douglass called “earnest struggle:”

    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing ...

  • Out of the Shadows: One Queer Researcher’s Journey

    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. ...

  • Challenging Straight White College Men (STR8WCM) to Develop Positive Social Justice Advocacy

    In recognition of the recent 30th anniversary of the Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities (SCMM), the SCMM has launched a series exploring the concept of intersectionality as it relates to collegiate men.  Contributing authors will explore how dimensions of race, ...

  • Digital Storytelling in Graduate Curricula: Innovation in Student Affairs Preparatory Programs


    Student affairs professionals must be able to engage with technology in their pedagogy and practice (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education , 2012; ACPA & NASPA, 2010). Faculty in student affairs ...

  • The Cheating Epidemic: Reducing Academically Dishonest Behaviors Amongst College Students

    Overview: Student Cheating in Higher Education

    In the field of higher education there are countless ethical issues that student affairs professionals encounter on a daily basis. Of these issues, student academic dishonesty is one of the most prevalent that student affairs professionals must address. While academic dishonesty can take many forms—from ...

  • An Ode to the Community College Academic Advisor

    Higher education and student affairs is a broad field where individuals with a variety of skill sets can contribute to the overall success of an institution. Working with students can be technical, navigating between red tape, periods of policy reform, and crunching numbers related to enrollment, tuition, and complex curricular changes. Many corners ...

  • Becoming the Culturally Prepared Professional You Need to be: Preparing to Better Serve Your Students

    Becoming a professional that is highly effective in the profession and specific role on campus is an ongoing challenge.  As many of us find responsibilities and tasks expanding in our professional roles, it is increasingly difficult to meet these needs while engaging in professional development activities.  An area often overlooked amongst the multitude of our professional responsibilities is developing ...

  • Moral Positionality in Social Justice Advocacy and Leadership

    When President Obama established the Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in January 2014, campus-based sexual violence was squarely in the national spotlight.  Although important, this attention came decades after countless students, faculty, and administrators began the fight on their campuses. We may be at a tipping point ...