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Supervised Practice Book Cover

Supervised Practice: Connecting Professional Competency Areas to Professional Development in Student Affairs

Supporting the Profession New Professionals and Graduate Students Professional Standards Division Faculty Graduate New Professional Undergraduate
October 7, 2021 Danielle M. DeSawal Frank E. Ross III

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 examine how to design experiences for students in the workplace that align with the ACPA and NASPA professional competency areas; create conditions for graduate students to understand the application of theory within the workplace; establish an environment that promotes an understanding of the supervisory role as it relates to socializing and retaining new professionals in student affairs; create learning partnerships that focus on the intersection of individual development and the acquisition of knowledge and skills for administrative practice; develop a professional philosophy of practice in the digital age; and assess the professional competency areas within the graduate practicum and employee experiences to ensure learning and development.

Paperback | 2021 | 228 pages

ISBN: 978-1-948213-30-1

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Role of Professional Development
Lori Reesor, Kevin Bailey, and Stan Carpenter

Chapter 2: Designing Experiences Focused on the Professional Competency Areas
Laura Osteen, John L. Hoffman, and Berenecea Johnson Eanes

Chapter 3: Creating Conditions to Discuss Application of Theory and Practice
Danielle DeSawal and Frank E. Ross III

Chapter 4: Professional Identity as a Focus of Professional Development
Maureen E. Wilson and Kerry L.B. Klima

Chapter 5: Learning With and Through Others: Developing Competencies in the Work Setting
Anna M. Ortiz, Jonathan J. O’Brien, and Jill E. Carnaghi

Chapter 6: Developing a Professional Philosophy of Practice in the Digital Age
Jason L. Meriwether and Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Chapter 7: The Role of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research in Professional Development
Jermaine F. Williams, Michael N. Christakis, Nayeli Lopez, and Clarence L. McNeill


Appendix A: Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Graduate Program—Indiana University Application of Scholarship to Practice Assignment

Appendix B: Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Graduate Program—Indiana University Professional ePortfolio

The Authors


Praise for Supervised Practice

“Supervised Practice is one of the most valuable tools for supervisors, at all levels, that I have read. Not only is this book rooted in research, but the authors go a step further to provide concrete examples to improve supervisory practice. In addition, the authors focus on the role of professional socialization in student affairs and fostering professional identity, both of which are particularly helpful for building competent professionals who will remain engaged in the field.” —Keegan Nichols, Vice President for Student Affairs, Arkansas Tech University

“The important work of student affairs educators combines the application of existing theory with continuing exploration of knowledge and formation of best practices. The assembled practitioners and scholars of Supervised Practice examine, explain, and enlighten the reader on various aspects of the science behind professional development, as well as relevant and relatable examples of best practices that may be applied to positively impact individuals, teams, and ultimately, student success.” —Ricardo D. Hall, Vice President for Student Affairs, Lehigh University

“In Supervised Practice, a cadre of faculty and practitioner experts offer tangible strategies for fostering intentional professional development with graduate students. It is a must-read for anyone working with student affairs novices who are seeking to meaningfully, and authentically, contribute to the student affairs profession.” —Annemarie Vaccaro, Professor and CSP Program Director, University of Rhode Island

“Supervised Practice brings together research, experience, and new ideas around the supervision of practitioners. The authors have beautifully brought historical texts, foundational documents, and current practices together to create a useful tool for every level of student affairs professional.” —Vasti Torres, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Executive Associate Dean, School of Education, Indiana University

“In a rapidly changing higher education environment, Supervised Practice reminds us what is essential for college student educators: reflective practice, intentional development, assessment, and learning in context. The needs of college students in the 21st century require us to be nimble; DeSawal, Ross, and their associates have brought together chapters that comprise a framework for how identities, competencies, and professional development can come together to enable us to successfully adapt.” —Tracy Poon Tambascia, Professor of Clinical Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

“Supervised Practice is a great reminder of the importance of building, supporting, and continuing professional development throughout one’s career as a student affairs professional. Whether you are a new professional, mid-level professional, or a senior student affairs staff member, this book provides practical examples, case studies, and commentary on how to infuse professional development and competencies into our everyday lives as student affairs professionals. Kudos to the authors and editors for compiling a timely and important book for our profession.” —Willie L. Banks Jr., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California, Irvine

“This book provides keen insights into intentional professional development and supervision—good for emerging and new professionals navigating the field as well as seasoned supervisors looking to enhance their mentoring and supervision practices.” —Erica K. Yamamura, Professor and Program Director, College of Education, Seattle University