The 2018 NASPA Knowledge Communities Online Publication

I am pleased to share with you the 2018 NASPA Knowledge Communities Online Publication! This publication represents one of the many ways the NASPA KCs create and share knowledge to support our association's strategic plan and the professional development of our membership.

The Knowledge Communities provide timely, thought-provoking articles that support the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference and the NASPA Guiding Principles of Integrity, Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation.  As NASPA celebrates its 100th year, there is no better time to take a closer look at the amazing work of our association and our membership, which is reflected in the wide array of topics covered in this publication, including promising practices, current research, and emerging trends in student affairs.

I hope that you will consider integrating the KC Online Publication into coursework, training and professional development. In particular, the publication may be useful in the following ways:

  • Graduate preparation faculty might consider assigning articles from the publication to first year students to familiarize them with literature, current issues or practices in various functional areas
  • Practitioners or faculty supervising graduate assistantships or internships may choose to discuss articles as part of professional development programs, or as a means to examine new or emerging practices in the field
  • Student affairs professionals and student leaders may choose to use articles in leadership development programs, case study development, or in other curricula.

My thanks go to the committee members for their tremendous support of the publication and its editorial process. I am also grateful for the leadership and vision of Ellen Meents-DeCaigny, National Director of the Knowledge Communities, and for guidance and support from Stephanie King, Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives at NASPA. 

The NASPA KC Publication has become a hallmark of the Knowledge Community program. I hope that you find that the articles stimulate your own learning and development. Please share the link with other colleagues!

Tracy Poon Tambascia, EdD
Chair, NASPA Knowledge Communities Online Publication
Professor of Clinical Education
University of Southern California