2018 NPGS Conference Consortium Applications

January 4, 2018

The New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community (NPGS KC) is proud to sponsor the seventh annual NPGS Conference Consortium at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.


The Consortium was founded in 2012 by Stephen Deaderick as a means of engaging new professionals and graduate students in conversations about the student affairs profession. Since then, the Consortium has grown into a meaningful space for reflection, community building, and dialogue. The Consortium Co-Chairs use a theory-to-practice approach to design a curriculum of activities, articles, and discussion topics to engage participants. The Consortium experience consists of four meetings during the Annual Conference and possible virtual follow-up should the participants want to continue connecting with one another.

2018 Track Information

For the 2018 Consortium, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting TWO groups this year, each focusing on a different track. A group of no more than 15 participants will be selected to participate in each of the two tracks, for a total of 30 participants.

Track 1: Millenial Motivators

Co-Chairs: Jasmine Prince and Julia Qian

Who should apply? Track 1 is appropriate for Master's level graduate students or new professionals with less than three years of full-time professional experience.

Description: This track is designed for graduate students and new professionals who are eager to unpack the myths of millenials in the workplace and working with millenial students. Through a series of discussions, self-reflection, and activities, participants will leave this experience with a greater understanding of how to harness motiviation and use it as a tool for change.

Track 2: Embracing the Scholar-Practitioner

Co-Chairs: Bryan Hubain and Berenice Sanchez

Who should apply? Track 2 is appropriate for Doctoral level graduate students, new professionals with three or more years of full-time professional experience, or those thinking about pursuing doctoral work in the near future.

Description: This track is designed for new professionals or doctoral students who want to engage in rich discussions about scholarship in the field, how that scholarship impacts student affairs practice, and how we can contribute to the field through doctoral work.


If selected to participate in one of the two tracks for the 2018 Consortium, you are expected to:

  • Attend the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference.
  • Read any relevant materials sent to you by the Co-Chairs prior to the Annual Conference.
  • Actively participate in the Consortium by engaging in thoughtful and productive dialogue with your fellow participants.
  • Attend all four Consortium meetings during the Annual Conference* (all meeting times are based on the conference schedule and are listed here in EST).
    • March 5th, 8-10am
    • March 5th, 3-5pm
    • March 6th, 8-10am
    • March 6th, 3-5pm

*Please note that we will not necessarily be using two-hour blocks for each meeting, but the meetings will fall within these time slots and will last at least one hour each.

Application Process

To be eligible to apply, you must currently be enrolled in a graduate program (Master's or Doctoral) or be a new professional in the field, which is defined as five or less years of full-time professional experience.

Applications are due by Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.

Decisions will be sent by Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5:00pm PST.

To apply, please send the following information/materials to [email protected]:

  • Name, pronouns, preferred e-mail address, current institution and title
  • Are you applying for Track 1 or Track 2?
  • Are you able to attend all four meetings? If you have a conflict due to a prior commitment or presentation, please indicate that here - this does not automatically disqualify your application.
  • A copy of your updated resume or CV
  • Answers to the following short answer questions. Please limit your total word limit for the four questions to no more than 2500 words (or approximately 500-600 words per question).
    • Why did you choose a career in student affairs/higher education?
    • What do you hope to gain from participating in the Consortium?
    • What interests you about the track you applied for and how does this track connect to your professional interests or goals?
    • What is one current issue, trend, or topic in student affairs/higher education that most interests you and why?
    • Share one thing about yourself that informs your practice or scholarship in the field of student affairs/higher education.

If you have any questions about the Consortium or application process, please e-mail [email protected] and someone will be in touch with you.

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