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 #CSAM17 is The Next 100 Years. Over the past 100 years, the nature and scope of student affairs work has shifted alongside student demographics. Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM) 2017 explores progress made within the profession, highlights current trends affecting campus life, and offers implications for the future of the profession.

During #CSAM17, 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
  • A blog series from all professional levels in student affairs via the Student Affairs Collective (SAC)
  • Weekly #SAChat on Twitter with SAC every Thursday
  • A weekday photo challenge

If you know anyone who might benefit from any of the following components, make sure to share this page with them!


Free 2017 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 learn more about each session and register to attend.

Date Time Webinar Title Presenters
Tuesday, October 10 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT Advocating for Students: Public Policy as a Core Competency for All Student Affairs Professionals | Presentation Notes Teri Lyn Hinds & Diana Ali
Wednesday, October 11 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT The Current State of Student Affairs: Looking Toward the Future Dr. Kevin Kruger & Dr. Deb Moriarty
Wednesday, October 18 2:00 p.m. - 3:00p.m. EDT Putting First-gen First: Meet NASPA's New Center for First-generation Student Success  Dr. Sarah Whitley
Thursday, October 19 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT Navigating the Graduate School Journey with NASPA's Faculty Council Dr. Jason Laker, Dr. Susan Marine, & Dr. Candace Moore
Tuesday, October 24 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT I Like My GRITs with Butter and Sugar: Rewriting the Narrative of Resilience for People of Color in Student Affairs Kirby Gibson & Karess Gilliespie
Wednesday, October 25 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT There's More to It Than Volunteering: Considerations for a Career Path in Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Beth Conrad, Gregg Grenier, & Stephanie King

Photo Challenge

Celebrate your profession, your students, and the amazing work you do by participating in the 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, #CSAM17, 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 #CSAM17!

Start a Conversation

The Student Affairs Collective will host weekly Twitter chats to prompt conversations around various topics regarding careers in student affairs. In an attempt to start a national-level conversation and create a space for practitioners to engage in conversation to reflect on their experiences, head over to the Student Affairs Collective and join our #SAChat conversations in the month of October every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

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 CSAM17 any time between October 1 and October 31, 2017 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

Below you will find three resources NASPA is offering to campuses this year during #CSAM17. This includes a list of ideas for activities, a sample agenda for a networking session, and a Photoshop file for a flyer template to publicize information for your campus.


Get in Touch with NASPA