Handbook of Student Affairs Administration

George S. McClellan and Jeremy Stringer, Editors


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This fourth edition has been fully updated to reflect the most current and effective practices in student affairs administration.

The Foremost Authorities on Student Affairs Address Issues Facing The Field Today

The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration is a comprehensive and thoughtful resource for the field, with expert insight on the issues facing student affairs. This fourth edition has been fully updated to reflect the most current and effective practices in student affairs administration.

New chapters address persistence, retention, and completion; teaching and learning; working with athletics and recreation; leadership; purpose and civic engagement; spirituality; and fundraising. Emerging populations are discussed throughout, featuring specific advice for working with veterans and dual-enrolling high school students. New material includes the role of student affairs in study abroad programs, student use of technology and using social media to serve students, working with student athletes, and more.

Professionals at all levels of student affairs administration need practical, timely, and applied information on the myriad issues that fall under the student affairs umbrella. This NASPA-sponsored guide collects the latest information, methods, and advice from the field's leading authorities to bring you up to date on the latest solutions and best practices.

  • Learn about the dominant organization and administration models in student affairs
  • Stay up to date on core competencies and professional development models
  • Examine the latest literature, and consider both the newest and lasting issues facing student affairs
  • Instructor resources available

As both the student population and the college experience grow more diverse, student affairs professionals need to update their toolset to face the broader scope of the field and the new challenges that arise every day. The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration provides invaluable guidance to graduate students and professionals alike, and is the one resource you should not be without.

Published by Jossey-Bass, Sponsored by NASPA

Hardcover | 2016 | 720 pages

ISBN: 978-1-118-70732-6

Table of Contents



The Authors

Part One: Contexts of Professional Practice

1 “A Long and Honorable History”: Student Affairs in the United States
Michael D. Coomes and Janice J. Gerda

2 The Importance of Institutional Mission
Joan B. Hirt and Claire K. Robbins

3 Understanding Campus Environments
Jillian Kinzie and Victor Arcelus

4 Fiscal Pressures on Higher Education and Student Affairs
John H. Schuh

5 Accountability
Sherry L. Mallory and Linda M. Clement

6 Student Affairs and Services in Global Perspective
Brett Perozzi and Enrique Ramos

Part Two: Frameworks for Professional Practice

7 An Overview of Relevant Theories and Models of Practice
Terrell L. Strayhorn

8 Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom
Peter Magolda and Tony Ribera

9 Measuring Student Success: Models and Metrics
Lori Varlotta

10 Maintaining and Modeling Everyday Ethics in Student Affairs
Jon C. Dalton, Pamela C. Crosby, Aurelio Valente, and David Eberhardt

11 Applying Professional Standards
Stephanie Gordon

12 The Role of Professional Associations
Nancy J. Evans and Jessica J. Ranero-Ramirez

Part Three: Students: The Purpose of Professional Practice

13 The Changing Student Population
Anna M. Ortiz and Stephanie J. Waterman

14 Unfinished Business, Dirty Laundry, and Hope for Multicultural Campus Communities
Jason A. Laker and Tracy L. Davis

15 Helping Students Prepare for Lives of Purpose
Michele C. Murray and Robert J. Nash

16 Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation on College Campuses
Joy Gaston Gayles, Tiffany J. Davis, and Mary Howard Hamilton

17 Supporting Students Online
Anita Crawley and Andy Howe

Part Four: Human Resources in Professional Practice

18 Organizational and Administrative Models Within Student Affairs
Linda Kuk

19 Recruiting, Selecting, Supervising, and Retaining Staff
Zebulun R. Davenport

20 Professional Development as Lifelong Learning
Susan R. Komives and Stan Carpenter

Part Five: Interpersonal Dynamics in Professional Practice

21 Supporting and Enhancing Student Learning Through Partnerships with Academic Colleagues
Adrianna Kezar and Sean Gehrke

22 The Political Dimensions of Decision Making
Shannon Ellis

23 Partnerships and Relationships: Internal and External to the College
Penelope H. Wills

24 Valuing the Role of Conflict in Organization Enrichment
Dale Nienow and Jeremy Stringer

Part Six: Skills and Competencies of Professional Practice

25 Budgeting and Fiscal Management for Student Affairs
Margaret J. Barr

26 Addressing Legal and Risk Management Issues
John Wesley Lowery

27 Implementing Assessment to Improve Student Learning and Development
Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

28 Raising Friends and Raising Funds
David F. Wolf

29 Computer Mediated Communication and Social Media
Kevin R. Guidry and Josie Ahlquist

30 Campus Crisis Management
Gene L. Zdiarski, II

Part Seven: Looking Back and Looking Forward in Professional Practice

31 Career Span: Changing Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities
Margaret J. Barr and Arthur Sandeen

32 Difficult Discussion Shared With Good Friends
George S. McClellan and Jeremy Stringer


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