Careers in Student Affairs Month

Careers in Student Affairs (CSAM) is a month-long initiative, each October. CSAM is dedicated to the celebration of a career in student affairs, education and awareness in the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field. More directly, the goals of Careers in Student Affairs Month are to:

  • Celebrate the field of student affairs through opportunities to reflect on individual journeys and experiences
  • Provide professional development for student affairs administrators in higher education
  • Encourage and promote the profession in order to grow the field of student affairs
  • Cultivate spaces for dialogue related to pertinent topics within student affairs

This year, the theme for #CSAM19 is Inclusion, Innovation, Impact. Student affairs professionals have made a commitment to have a positive impact on students and on the field as a whole.  This Careers in Student Affairs Month, we empower and encourage our members of every professional level to share their intentions and passion for the field.  Why did you choose student affairs? Why have you continued in the field? Why are you passionate about student affairs and what have been your experiences?  How does your work resonate across the field? How can you expand on the cross functional work you are doing?

During #CSAM19, NASPA will be providing a number of free professional development opportunities for student affairs administrators on their respective campuses. These include the following: 

  • Live briefings on relevant topics throughout the month
  • Blogs posted to the NASPA website
  • A weekday photo challenge

We invite you to submit a blog for the blog series or proposal for a live briefing!

Call for Online Briefings and Blog Submissions

Programs submitted through this call for programs will be considered for presentation or publication during October 2019.  Programs are asked to be open for all professional levels centered on the impact of higher education/student affairs throughout and beyond the field.  In preparing your submission, please include how this content will target various audiences and fit the topic for #CSAM19.  Sample topics for this year’s series could include Campus Engagement with Local or Statewide Nonprofits or Working with and Supporting Undocumented Students.

Priority applications are due August 23rd, 11:59PM Eastern time. The final deadline for consideration is September 6th has been extended to September 16th, 11:59 PM Eastern.


Free CSAM Webcasts

During Careers in Student Affairs Month, NASPA will be sponsoring nine unique educational webinars geared towards different professional levels of student affairs administrators. Please click on the webinar title to view the recordings from the 2018 Careers in Student Affairs Month series. The 2019 webinar series will become available beginning in October. At that time, viewers can learn more about each session and register to attend by clicking the webinar title. Each webinar will be recorded and posted here following the livecasts. Please allow up to 24 hours following the livecast for the recordings to be posted.

Date Time Webinar Title Presenters
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT A Student Life Response to Gun Violence Dr. Katya Armistead
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT The Current State of Student Affairs Dr. Kevin Kruger & Dr. Penny Rue
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT Where Do We Fit In?: Graduate Students Working in California Community Colleges Betzabel Martinez & Amanda Garcia
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT Invasion of Privacy: Showing Up as Practitioners Beyond Campus Kirby Gibson, Karess Gillespie, Shaun Crisler, & Michael Riley
Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT Supporting Undocumented Students in Higher Education Flavio Bravo & Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

Photo Challenge

Celebrate your profession, your students, and the amazing work you do by participating in the #CSAM18 Photo Challenge. To participate, follow @naspapics, and each day post a picture in response to the unique prompt. Use your caption to explain how your photo reflects the prompt of the day. Tag @naspapics, #CSAM18, and #CSAMphotochallenge for a chance to get featured on the NASPA Instagram account and for a chance to win a prize!

Get ready by posting this photo on Instagram today and get all your friends and colleagues excited about #CSAM18! On #FreeSpaceFriday, we invite you to share your favorite moments from your time in the field, whether it is a flashback post to your first experiences as an undergraduate student yourself or your favorite moment from the week.

Read About Careers in Student Affairs

NASPA is offering a 20% discount on the newly released, Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education. Use code CSAM19 any time between October 1 and October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST to take advantage of this offer. Please note that this excludes shipping costs and cannot be combined with other offers.

Campus Resources

Not sure what to do to engage your students in Careers in Student Affairs Month? Below you will find some ideas for programming and resources for your campuses. Post your programs and share your experiences using #CSAM19.


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