Living Healthy as the AVP
Student Affairs is a rewarding profession. Through the work of Student Affairs professionals we touch the lives of various individuals in the hopes of making their transitions to college seamless. The key to continuing your momentum, especially in the role of an AVP, is to ensure that you are maintaining a good sense of work-life balance. This blog explores the journey of an AVP, who has not only discovered the importance of health and wellness, but who has also determined strategies that he personally has implemented into his daily routine.
The Invisible Force
The AVP role is sometimes a lonely one and can make a student affairs professionals feel a sense of invisibility. This blog explores the AVP experience through the literary works of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The blog concludes with encouraging AVPs to recharge over the summer as they prepare for the upcoming Fall semester.
Navigating Campus Politics
Navigating campus politics can be complicated for many individuals. Determining the best approaches and most effective ways to navigate campus politics helps to promote productive work environments.
Assessing the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Hi, my name is Cynthia and I am an assessment nerd. I love using data to help improve our operations in the Division in an effort to best serve students. Over the past 20 years, I have participated in a variety of comprehensive program review processes. I have been a participant in interviews giving feedback on the department being reviewed, coordinated processes for my own departments, an served as the invited chair of external review teams for reviews at other universities. I can honestly say that I enjoy the comprehensive review process.
AVP Reads Common Reading Group to Meet in San Antonio to Discuss Campus Identity Politics
The next “AVP Reads” discussion will not be a virtual one as usual. This time, we’re meeting IN PERSON during the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio! If you’re an AVP or other “number two” who will be at the conference, join us for an important discussion about identity politics and First Amendment issues on campus. Read on to learn about the readings we will discuss and when and where we’ll meet.
Developing Bench Strength - An Underdog Story
The last time I wrote a blog entry for this group, I had only been an AVP for 5 months and I wrote about supervising a team that were experts in areas in which I had little experience. Approximately 2 ½ years later, my portfolio has continued to evolve through a couple of re-orgs, adding two new departments, assuming the Dean of Students title/role, and a short stint as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs while our VP was out on maternity leave. These were amazing opportunities that stretched me both personally and professionally.