Online Briefing Series for Women

Based on feedback from the NASPA membership, the Center for Women developed an online briefing series on a variety of hard and soft skills that tie to student affairs and higher education.  These programs will be offered every other month and will focus on issues relevant toward women in the field of higher education and student affairs. This website will continue to be updated with upcoming programs and registration information.   Memebers are encouraged to register and encourage to bring staff members participate in the presentation as well. 

Have an idea?

The Center for Women is hosting a call for online briefings and hope you will consider an idea for a presentation.  Workshops are asked to be targeted to professional development topics for women in higher education and student affairs.  Consider submitting your program to be featured as part of the online series for the Center for Women.  Submissions will be evaluated on an on-going basis.  

Learning Outcomes for the 2017-2018 Online Briefing Series
  • Online briefings will focus on women’s issues on a college campus and presented by those with expertise in the foundational area.
  • The online briefing series provides a venue to continue to advance and showcase the research and practice being developed about women in higher education.
  • Content will be delivered in a flexible and accessible format that matches the known demands for women.
  • Content selection will be done in collaboration with other groups within NASPA and outside partners.
Some sample topics for this year's series could include:
  • Gaining Experience for Advancement and Growth
  • The Job Search Process / Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Life Management (care giving, life management) 

Online Briefing Submission

January Online Briefing

This program will occur Tuesday, January 16 | 3:00-4:00 EST, 2:00-3:00 CST, 1:00-2:00 MST, 12:00-1:00 PST 

Registration Online

#BossLady: Career Advancement is more than Serendipity

Is it luck? Is it hard work? Is it who you know? Career advancement is typically not accidental; it requires working hard, creating growth experiences, and taking some calculated risks. In this briefing, the facilitators will share examples of the kinds of experiences needed to advance in your student affairs career while taking into account the unique goals and outcomes each person may have for their career. With personal experiences and best practices, the facilitators will share helpful tools as participants consider their career pathways.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Explore specific types of experiences that can be useful in career advancement;
  • Understand how strategic thinking is a valuable tool in one’s personal and professional growth; and
  • Discuss strategies around professional development, sponsorship, and mentorship as tools for advancement.
Melissa Mahan

Dr. Melissa Mahan has been instrumental in the recent growth of Texas A&M University-San Antonio through her role as the vice president for student affairs. Previously, Dr. Mahan held the position of associate dean of student affairs at Northeastern State University, where she spent eight years in higher education administration after working in the business field for a number of years as an accountant and company controller. Holding membership in numerous professional state and national organizations, Dr. Mahan speaks around the world on leadership development, women and leadership and student academic success. She serves as an advisory board member for the NASPA Center for Women, is an executive board member for the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) Women and Leadership Affinity Group, past board member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) in Washington, D.C., and past directorate member of the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners. Dr. Mahan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northeastern State University, a Master of Science degree in business administration from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctor of Philosophy in adult education and human relations from Oklahoma State University.

Regina Young Hyatt

Dr. Regina Young Hyatt is vice president for student affairs at Mississippi State University. She joined MSU in July 2015. In her role as vice president, she provides leadership for the division of student affairs which includes a wide range of departments and programs focused on student health, wellness & safety; student involvement & engagement; and student success. Prior to her role at Mississippi State, Dr. Hyatt served as the dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She additionally worked at the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Palmer College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in college student personnel both from Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, IL. Her doctoral work was completed at the University of South Florida in higher education administration. Dr. Hyatt’s research interests relate to women in higher education, the impact of student involvement on academic achievement, technology in higher education, and student retention/persistence.

Dr. Hyatt’s professional involvement included serving as chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities and she continues her involvement with NASPA where she currently serves as director of Mississippi NASPA.  She was recently elected to serve as a member of the executive committee for the Council on Student Affairs, an Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities operational council.  She regularly presents at national and regional conferences and often writes for blogs and relevant student affairs publications.

Registration Information

This Live Briefing is scheduled for January 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET and will last approximately 60 minutes. Pre-readings, discussion, and the live event will take place in the NASPA Online Learning Community. The live session will be recorded and the presenters will be available to answer questions for a period of 3 weeks after the live session.

This briefing is available for $99 and you are not required to be a NASPA member to register. If you have a discount code, you may enter this at the time of registration. Your access is connected to your NASPA profile, so while we encourage you to view the live session with your colleagues, please keep in mind that all interactions within the learning community will be made under the registrant's name and will be connected to your profile.

Registration Online

Missed a Previous Online Briefing? 

No worries! Each online briefing is available on-demand within two weeks following the live session.  Take a look at past programs sponsored by the Center for Women below.