Faculty Council


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 NASPA Faculty Assembly!  I begin my role as Chair of the Faculty Council in the midst of the pandemic and without the opportunity to meet in person during our annual conference. This unexpected situation has caused me to reflect on what it means to be an “assembly.” 

How do we “assemble” during quarantine and travel restrictions?
How do we build and maintain a community of teachers, scholars, and practitioners while we are on-line and social distancing?

Fortunately, in speaking with many of you across the country, our questions continue to begin with “How” rather than “Should.”

I am inspired by your commitment and energy and hope to build upon this during my time in this role.

NASPA Faculty Assembly is open to all faculty: part-time, adjunct, affiliate, lecturer, instructor, visiting, tenure-track. Our research, teaching, and service are critical to the development of student affairs practitioners and our profession. Although we may be asked to socially distance, we should not do this work in isolation. Therefore, as we look to the upcoming year, I share two goals:

  1.        Increase faculty engagement and recognition within NASPA.
  2.        Build collaborations with other NASPA constituents to enhance graduate preparation curriculum and preparation of new professionals.

I hope you will consider getting involved.

Please contact any of the Faculty Council members or me to share ideas and to get involved. Please visit NASPA Volunteer Central https://www.naspa.org/about/get-involved/volunteer  to see the many opportunities that are available.


Be well,


Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, PhD
Director, NASPA Faculty Division
Chair, NASPA Faculty Council
Associate Professor of Higher Education
CELT Faculty Fellow
Iowa State University
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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 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 30th. 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. The first 12 teams to register will be assigned to a presentation time slot, and any additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. 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. 

Applications Now Open for 2020 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 be provided the opportunity to share their case study presentation in an educational session at the 2020 Annual NASPA Conference and be presented with a $100 gift card. 

Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, March 11, 2020! Register your team now!

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact Sarah Jones at sejones@westga.edu.

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, cresswellyeager.t@gmercyu.edu or Antonio Duran, aad0051@auburn.edu for more information.

Emerging Faculty Leader Academy

For a comprehensive overview of the program, including background, ideal applicant profile, expectations, and benefits of the program, please view this overview document

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 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. 

The cohort who completes the NASPA Emerging Faculty Leaders Academy will be able to:

  •        Define leadership in a faculty role for themselves
  •        Identify individual plans to excel in a faculty career
  •        Target at least one "take away" from the individual plan to actuate 
  •        Expand network of colleagues to collaborate within faculty work
  •        Explore ways to be involved in NASPA as a faculty member

Application Process

The application process for the 2020-2021 cohort is now closed. Stay tuned in Fall 2020 for the next cohort application process!

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Emerging Faculty Leader Academy cohort!

See previous EFLA cohort members here:

2019-2020 Cohort

2018-2019 Cohort

2017-2018 Cohort

2016-2017 Cohort

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, 2019https://apps.naspa.org/cfp/evt_frm_user.cfm?event_id=2356.


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

Doctoral Seminar

Join us at the Doctoral Seminar at the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, TX. Happening on Sunday, March 29th from 12pm-4pm CST, the doctoral seminar was created to provide support and information for higher education and student affairs doctoral students to help them successfully navigate the process. Faculty, administrators, and doctoral students will facilitate conversations and structured time to reflect about how to be successful in the doctoral experience. In addition to including time for networking with a variety of groups, this seminar will also expose attendees to different pathways that one can take after acquiring their doctorate.


Registration is due March 1, 2020. You can register at this link: http://apps.naspa.org/cfp/evt_frm_user.cfm?event_id=2345. If you have any questions, please email Jill Dunlap at jdunlap@naspa.org.

The Doctoral Seminar is sponsored by Heartful Editor. As part of your registration for the 2020 Doctoral Seminar, Heartful Editor will provide a $90.00 gift to each participant to use for 2 hours of academic writing coaching and editing support at any time during their doctoral journey.

Faculty Spotlight

The NASPA Faculty Council is launching a social media initiative to highlight graduate students and faculty in our programs! Please nominate someone or self-nominate today!


Graduate student form: https://forms.gle/3dAHpjYA9UcCRXjQ8

Faculty form: https://forms.gle/mBCZTdKK19Wa3V1j8

Spotlights will begin continue throughout the academic year. Questions? Email naspafaculty@gmail.com

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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 https://olc.naspa.org/ 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: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/9626439108

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 
Or Telephone:
    +1 (773) 231 9226 (US Toll)
     Meeting ID: 962 643 9108
    International numbers available: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/teleconference

April Date TBD 

“Graduate Student Socialization”

Presenter TBD

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/9626439108

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 
Or Telephone:
    +1 (773) 231 9226 (US Toll)
     Meeting ID: 962 643 9108
    International numbers available: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/teleconference