Connecting Professional Competency Areas to Professional Development in Student Affairs
Supervised practice has become a hallmark of how the field of higher education and student affairs prepares future professionals. This book explores how to create the conditions necessary for supervised practice and the graduate academic curriculum to be a seamless learning experience. With a focus on the ACPA and NASPA professional competency areas as the bedrock for enhancing proficiency in the field, this book is designed to introduce the competency areas, as they relate to supervised practice, in graduate preparation programs. Chapters explore how to design experiences for students in the workplace that align with the ACPA and NASPA professional competency areas; how to create conditions for graduate students to understand the application of theory within the workplace; how to establish an environment that promotes an understanding of the supervisory role as it relates to socializing and retaining new professionals in student affairs; how to create learning partnerships that focus on the intersection of individual development and the acquisition of knowledge and skills for administrative practice; how to develop a professional philosophy of practice in the digital age; and how to assess the professional competency areas within the graduate practicum and employee experiences to ensure learning and development.
Frank E. Ross III is the vice president for student affairs at Butler University. His involvement in NASPA has included serving as a member of the board of directors, national director of knowledge communities, and chair of the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference. Ross has received awards and recognition from NASPA, the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, the National Academic Advising Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and ACPA. In addition, he received the 2016 Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University.Danielle DeSawal is the master’s program coordinator and clinical professor for higher education and student affairs at Indiana University. Her research interests focus on professional practice in student affairs, college unions, and advising student organizations on campus. She is a 2015 ACPA Diamond Honoree and the emerging scholars section editor for the Journal of Campus Activities Practice & Scholarship. DeSawal has been honored by Indiana University with the Commission on Multicultural Understanding Faculty Award, the Division of Student Affairs Gordon Faculty Award, and the Trustees Teaching Award.