Conference 
Consortium 2019 
Information and Application


Published
November 12, 2018


The 
New
 Professionals 
and
 Graduate 
Students (NPGS) Knowledge
 Community (KC) is 
proud
 to 
sponsor
 the
 8th Annual 
NPGS
 Conference
Consortium
 (CC) 
at
 the 
2019 
NASPA
 Annual
 Conference in
 Los Angeles, CA.


Introduction

The
 NPGS
CC 
grew
 out
 of
 a
 desire
 to
 engage
 new
 professionals and
 graduate
 students 
in
 conversations
 about 
the 
present 
state
 and
 future
 of
 the
 student
 affairs 
profession.


Approximately
 15
 participants 
will 
meet
 three
 times
 during
 the
 NASPA
 Annual
 Conference 
to 
dialogue about 
topics 
chosen 
by
 the
 CC
 Chairs
 and
 NPGS
 KC
 Leadership
 Team.
 A 
few 
articles 
book 
chapters,
 or
 news
stories
 will
 be
 selected for
 participant s
to
read 
prior 
to
 participating
 and will 
focus 
the 
dialogue
 around
 a
 central 
topic.
 This
 is
 a 
great
 professional
 development
 opportunity
 for 
those 
looking
 to
 become
 more 
involved
 within 
NASPA.

Goals

The
 goals
 of
 the
 NPGS CC
 are 
as 
follows:

  • To
 provide
 an
 avenue 
for
 new
 professionals
 and
 graduate students
to 
participate 
in
 dialogues
 regarding
 the
 future 
of
 their
 profession
  • To 
gain 
a 
deeper 
understanding 
about
 a
 topic
 or 
topics
 that
 are
current
 and 
relevant 
to
 the
 higher
 education 
field
  • To 
connect
 CC
 participants 
with
 each
other 
for 
possible
 future
 collaboration
 on 
research,
 publications, 
and
 NASPA 
involvement

2019 Consortium Tracks

For the 2019 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: Professional Identity and Progressive Leadership

Who should apply? Track 1 is appropriate for graduate students and new professionals who want to help further define out their professional identity.

Description: This track is designed for graduate students and new professionals who want to define their professional identity and engage on discussions on how professional identity impacts the future of participants and the field. This track particularly focuses on professional identity in context of being a progressive professional in the field focused on leading social change in student affairs/higher education.

Track 2: Embracing the Role of the Doctoral Student

Who should apply? Track 2 is appropriate for Doctoral level graduate students and professionals who intend to enter a doctoral program within the next academic year.

Description: This track is designed for doctoral students who want to engage in rich discussions about scholarship in the field, how we can contribute to the field through doctoral work, and how we as scholars and doctoral students understand our roles as change agents and involved members of a democratic society.

Expectations

If
 selected
 to
 participate 
in
 the
 2019 
NPGS
 CC, 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 PST).
    • Monday, March 11th, 8:00a.m. – 9:30a.m.
    • Monday, March 11th, 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 12th, 8:30a.m. – 10:00a.m.
    • Tuesday, March 12th, 3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.

*Please note that we will not necessarily be using full 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 Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by 11:59pm PST.

Decisions will be sent by Monday, December 17th, 2018 by 11:59pm 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 current 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 email [email protected] and someone will be in touch with you.


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