The 2017 NASPA AVP Institute
January 2017 will mark NASPA’s fourth annual AVP Institute. I am honored to serve as this year’s faculty director and look forward to joining exceptional leaders in beautiful Tampa, Florida. The Institute mission is to develop excellence in the “number twos” in divisions of Student Affairs. Throughout the next several weeks, NASPA will post blogs from Institute faculty and past participants to highlight reflections and offer insights into the upcoming program.
In his seminal work, Paul Laurence Dunbar, atones that we wear a mask. He reflects, “We wear the mask that grins and lies, it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes-“. Dunbar surmises that we cover aspects of our identities to protect and shield those aspects of our lives from harsh judgement. As a young college student in the 1990s, I definitely wore such a mask.
Learning how to Learn
AVPs come from all walks of student affairs and higher education backgrounds. Many of us move from a specific role such as: Director of Residential Life, Director of Union/Auxiliary Services, or Director of Admissions, and have specific skills set. As we move up in position, it seems more challenging to understand how to do and connect all the pieces of our job. Every job on campus provides opportunities for growth for ourselves and increasing our responsibility to help our teams. After working with my current team to help them gain the necessary skills for their next move to an AVP position it made me reflect, ‘how do we learn how to learn?’ Specifically, I looked at supervision for my team and how supervision changes as you move up.
Next “AVP Reads” Discussion Scheduled for November 4: Specialized Housing Opportunities & Challenges
The next “AVP Reads” discussion is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm ET and will focus on the opportunities and challenges connected with specialized housing programs on our campuses. Please join what promises to be a very rich discussion!
Identity and Decision Making
I have always loved the notion from Anaïs Nin that "We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are." As such, I was drawn early in in my academic career to the study of psychology, counseling, and communications because I am fascinated by the worlds we create for ourselves. I believe strongly in the social construction of reality, that what we call reality is constantly changing and being negotiated. This is a topic worthy of reflection because we are leaders charged with making vital and important decision on a daily basis. Our understanding of ourselves and reality must be scrutinized. If we are not careful, we may fail to realize how our sense of self, how our identities, affect the decisions we make and the campuses we serve.
Deadline for SAPAA Promising Practices Awards Extended to OCT 19
Submit your nomination by October 19 for consideration.