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NASPA offers an array of opportunities for members and aspiring members of the faculty. These opportunities are varied in approach and implementation. NASPA’s primary faculty initiatives are:

  • Faculty Council
  • Faculty Assembly

Get involved: Complete the NASPA Faculty Assembly Involvement/Engagement Survey

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Faculty Assembly! As the Assembly comes into its sixth year, it’s a good time to examine how faculty have engaged with the association in the past, understand NASPA’s current relationship with faculty, and look ahead to the changing world of academia and ask how NASPA will engage faculty in the future.

To that end, I have been reviewing the 2017 Minding Your Business survey results, focusing on faculty responses, and also reviewing past assessments and surveys that contain faculty data. The emerging picture is positive; current faculty members of NASPA value the association for its many contributions to professional development, valuable insight and briefings related to policy, and the opportunity to remain connected to the important work of practitioners.

While it is clear that there are many programs and services for faculty, there is little examination of faculty needs that are differentiated by rank, level of experience or role. We can certainly point to excellent current programs related to mentorship, a leadership academy, online discussions for graduate prep faculty, and an online professional development series – among many other excellent offerings. However, there is little dialogue about how new, junior and pre-tenure faculty have needs that are distinct from those who are mid-career or senior faculty. There is also a growing number of part-time and non-tenure track faculty, whose work likely differs from that of traditional, tenure/tenure track faculty. NASPA currently groups all faculty together, even though it recognizes the different developmental and professional needs of other members, including undergraduate and grad students, as well as new professionals, AVP’s and SSAOs. It may make sense to approach program development in the future more deliberately, considering the range of professional development needs among faculty at different ranks and stages of their career. 

I close with a short list of the goals for the Faculty Division. There are many details related to these four items, and I hope to have conversations with NASPA colleagues in the coming months to find ways in which we can work together to reach these goals. 

  1. Understand what faculty want/need from NASPA

  2. Advance programs and services that meet the differentiated needs of faculty

  3. Increase faculty membership in NASPA

  4. Foster critical dialogue about graduate preparation curriculum and how we are preparing new professionals

I hope you will consider getting involved in the many different initiatives that the Assembly and Council offer. NASPA is a volunteer organization and we need your involvement and help. Please contact any of the Faculty Council members to share ideas and to get involved. Please visit NASPA Volunteer Central  to see the many opportunities that are available.

Tracy Poon Tambascia, EdD
Director, NASPA Faculty Division
Chair, NASPA Faculty Council
Professor of Clinical Education
Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

About Faculty Council

In December 2012 the NASPA Board of Directors approved a proposal to form a Division of/for faculty members, known as the Faculty Assembly which will be led by the Faculty Council. The NASPA Faculty Council is responsible for advising the NASPA Board and staff in regard to the faculty agenda of the Association. The Board keeps international issues in the foreground of the Association and assists with strategic issues around regional alignment/assignment, deployment of resources, partnerships, and strategic alliances.

An overview of the Faculty Council Initiatives can be found in the NASPA Faculty Assembly Policies and Procedures

History of the Faculty Council

Faculty Fellows gathered for the 2012 Summer Summit over the course of three days in August, 2012. Throughout the meeting, they conferred with NASPA staff, specifically President Kevin Kruger, Vice President for Professional Development Stephanie Gordon, and Vice President for Research and Policy, Brian Sponsler. Early in the meeting, Kevin Kruger suggested creating a Faculty Division. The results of our dialogue are included in this proposal. We were encouraged by the responsiveness of the NASPA President, staff, and Board to the need for a central role for graduate preparation faculty as we together advance the future of our profession.

The Faculty Fellows culled the information in this proposal from several documents: the minutes of the Summer Summit provided by NASPA, Fellows’ individual notes, notes of the brainstorm for the Faculty Division Assembly, and the NASPA 2011 Faculty Survey. In addition, we considered a proposal for a Faculty Knowledge Community. The writers of that proposal were consulted on this report.

Faculty Council Initiatives and Activities

Faculty council initatives and activities are located here.

Faculty Council Board Reports
How to Get Involved

NASPA encourages all people who identify as faculty in student affairs and higher education programs to be involved with activities in the Faculty Division. To provide some context about NASPA’s Faculty Division, the Faculty Assembly is the body of NASPA that is open to any person who identified on their NASPA profile as a faculty member. Faculty may include tenure-track, non-tenure track, clinical, adjunct and special faculty. In other words, NASPA uses a very broad definition of the term faculty.  The Faculty Assembly meets once a year at the annual conference. The Faculty Council (FC) is the leadership team for the Faculty Assembly. For those interested in leadership opportunities they may consider applying for one of the member-at-large positions that open each year on the Faculty Council (FC). Please watch for the call for applicants in the fall and follow the directions to submit an application. The FC has a sub-committee who then reviews these applications against the needs of the FC and makes recommendations to the FC for approval. In addition, people who are interested in serving on the FC can apply to be a regional representative. There are seven regions in NASPA. The faculty person would need to contact their Regional Director to express interest in being considered for this position to represent the region on the FC. Typically, regional directors work in concert with the Chair of the FC to determine this representation so that both parties’ goals are met.

Want to get involved but not sure how? Complete the NASPA Faculty Assembly Involvement/Engagement Survey

Faculty Council Members

Click here to access the roster of the faculty council.

Faculty Council Initiatives

Case Study Competition

The NASPA Graduate Case Study Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase skills and knowledge of the field of Student Affairs. Graduate students may form a team to participate on-site at the Annual Conference.  Participants will review and analyze a case study a week prior to attending and present their findings at the Annual Conference on Monday, March 11th. Case presentations should include a review of ethical, moral, and legal considerations that influenced their decision making in crafting their response to the case study. Teams should be comprised of 2 to 3 current graduate students and must include a faculty sponsor. Up to 12 teams comprised of first- and second-year students (or beyond) will be selected to compete. Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought-provoking case relevant to the field of Student Affairs to a panel of judges that is representative of student affairs practitioners, faculty, and past case competition winners. For more information, please review the attached flyer.

Applications Now Open for 2019 Case Study Competition!

Are you attending NASPA this year? Would you like to demonstrate what you have been learning in your program?  Are you seeking a way to enhance your skills and receive professional feedback? Do you have a competitive and creative spirit? If so, you are encouraged to register to compete in NASPA's Annual Graduate Student Case Study Competition. Winners will receive recognition during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, be provided the opportunity to share their case study presentation in an educational session at the 2019 Annual NASPA Conference and be presented with a $100 gift card provided by Noodle Partners, a leader in online education. 

Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, February 17, 2019! Register NOW!

Mentorship Program

The NASPA Faculty Council is pleased to share its mentoring program for faculty. The program will pair a more seasoned mentor (tenure track or non-tenure track) with a new faculty member. The purpose of the program is to provide support for mentoring relationships whereby new faculty can glean advice and guidance about scholarship, teaching, service, and career plans from seasoned scholars. Mentors and mentees will meet regularly between the period between the 2020 annual conference and the 2021 annual conference (pairs meet once per month with the schedule agreed upon by both individuals). At minimum, the pair should plan to review/discuss the mentee's CV, co-create a short and long-term professional goal and plan to achieve established goals. Pairs will also be asked to attend one Faculty Council On-Demand Professional Development webinar. 

Registration for this program is due January 17, 2020

Involvement Criteria

Participants must be active NASPA members. Mentees must be within their first 1 - 4 years of appointment as an assistant professor (tenure track or non-tenure track), adjunct, or lecturer. Mentors must have a minimum of five years teaching experience.

Sign up/Register

Faculty Mentor Sign-Up Form 

Faculty Mentee Registration Form

Questions? Email Tiffany Cresswell-Yeager, or Antonio Duran, for more information.

Emerging Faculty Leader Academy

The NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy is a one-year program for emerging faculty leaders who want to gain knowledge, techniques and experience in order to develop and sustain a fulfilling faculty career. Seven participants, one from each of the 7 NASPA Regions, will participate in on-line and in-person professional development and educational sessions in order to gain additional knowledge and skills about being a leader as a faculty member.  Potential topics may include: teaching strategies and curriculum development, resources to deal with issues of tenure, merit and performance, and serving within professional associations such as NASPA.   Visit the Emerging Faculty Leader Academy page for application information and previous cohort members.

Online Faculty Forum

In an effort to increase opportunities for higher education and student affairs program faculty to engage with colleagues on program coordination and curriculum related issues, the NASPA Faculty Council is initiates a monthly web conference effort entitled Online Faculty Forums.

Online Faculty Forums are informal, topical discussions using a web conference platform.   A faculty colleague with particular interest in, or experience with, the topic of the month will serve as the host and discussion moderator.   

As the name implies, these are meant to be forums, exchanges of ideas, not webinars.  The intent is to support collaboration, knowledge sharing, and problem solving.  In addition, we anticipate these sessions will influence the Faculty Council agenda and support conference program development addressing needs and interests of program faculty.

Please see the Online Faculty Forums page for current information, and please see below for a sample of previous recordings.

Previous Faculty Forums

  • January 2018: Faculty roles & being a good colleague, Hosted by Annemarie Vaccarro. Vijay Kanagala, and Jörg Vianden


  • February 2017: International Students and Campus Environments, Hosted by David Nguyen and Dena Kniess


  • March 2017: Why We Came to Love Online Teaching Hosted by Paul Eaton and Tori Sepulveda


  • March 2017:  Student Development Theory Teaching Strategies, Hosted by Jaimie Hoffman



  • May 2017: A Taste of Tech, Hoted by Jaimie Hoffman



November 15, 2016: Curriculum development/innovations, Hosted by Brenda McKenzie 

The Program Coordinator Role - April 25, 2016
Culminating/Degree Certification Experience - March 28, 2016

Dynamic Tensions in Student Affairs Preparation Programs:  Curricular Developments - February 16, 2016 - Moderated by Susan Longerbeam, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Northern Arizona University

January 25, 2016 – Online Teaching and Curriculum - Session facilitators Paul Eaton

and Ric Montelongo

November 30, 2015 – April 15 Commitment Deadline - Session facilitators Pam

Havice and Danielle DeSawal

October 28, 2015 – Student Issues & Program Marketing/Recruitment - Session

Facilitators Bill Arnold and Matt Varga

Scholarly Papers

We invite all faculty and student affairs administrators to consider serving as discussants for the Scholarly Paper Sessions at the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, TX from March 27-April 1, 2020.

Discussants add value to the scholarly paper presenters and enhance their presentations. Expectations for discussants include editing three scholarly papers prior to the conference and offering written and verbal feedback to authors during the conference session. Discussant comments following the presentations generally summarize the constructive feedback.


Scholarly papers are due to discussants no later than February 1, 2020. Discussants occasionally prompt authors in completing their papers prior to the deadline.  If the presenter does not provide the paper by February 7, 2020 the presentation may be pulled from the 2020 NASPA Conference. 


Discussants should have a research and publication agenda with general methodological expertise and higher education content knowledge. Applicants who are assigned as discussants will be notified via email of their assigned session, paper titles, and author contact information.Please fill out the following form by December 1, 2019


Interested discussants should have a terminal degree.If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Early at

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Faculty Council Members

NASPA's Faculty Assembly is led by a Faculty Council comprised of three Faculty Fellows, seven regional representatives, a media representative, an assembly member at-large, and a doctoral student representative. They are eager to hear from you and to get you connected with the Assembly's initiatives.


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.



The NASPA Faculty Council & Faculty Assembly is committed to providing Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate preparation faculty with resources that may be useful to them.  

ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation and the NASPA Faculty Council Statement on Student Affairs Preparation Program Quality

Faculty Resource Library

Faculty are invited to contribute to, and access resources in the NASPA Faculty Resource Library.  The Library is a growing repository of resources including such materials as:   graduate student handbooks, materials regarding culminating experiences for master's students (for example, a comprehensive examination, portfolio, or other experience), dates for program's visitation and recruitment programs, links to on-line resources, reading recommendations for courses or professional development, course activities and assignments, program coordination resources, data analysis tips/recommendations/resources,  research instruments, etc.

How to access the NASPA Faculty Resource Library:

Are you a new user to the Faculty Resource Library? Click here to get registered to access the material in the NASPA Online Learning Community.  Once you’ve done so, follow the instructions under Returning Users to access the library.

Returning Users:

  • Go to and click on "Login" from the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.
  • You will find “Faculty Resource Library”  listed under "Enrolled."

Note: A NASPA membership is not required to access the resources, however a free NASPA user profile is required.

Scholarship Resources

Resources coming soon. 

Online Discussion

Upcoming NASPA On-Demand Webinars

February 14

“Teaching Student Development Theory through a Critical Perspective”

Drs. Amy French & Reginald Blockett

March 21 @ 1:00 p.m. EST

“Faculty Forum-Practicums and Supervision”

Dr. Brenda McKenzie

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 
Or Telephone:
    +1 (773) 231 9226 (US Toll)
     Meeting ID: 962 643 9108
    International numbers available:

April Date TBD 

“Graduate Student Socialization”

Presenter TBD

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 
Or Telephone:
    +1 (773) 231 9226 (US Toll)
     Meeting ID: 962 643 9108
    International numbers available: