Student Affairs and Services in the Posthuman Era: Opportunities and Challenges
In an age where direct human interactions increasingly are replaced and enabled by machines, each of us needs to reconsider our roles both professionally and personally. As student affairs professionals, we need to address the impact of technology on Higher Education and its effects on students--especially when the machine becomes the front-line service provider for students. Increasingly, students utilize technology as the first point of contact for learning, communication and other interactions. Students rely on Siri to answer their questions, on apps to order their food and clothes, and to guide them to their destinations. They connect with their friends and family via social media. Similarly, in Higher Education, online and mobile applications are becoming a common tool for interactions between student and university professionals. The effects of this posthuman era should not be neglected when practitioners in Student Affairs or other areas of higher education look for ways of reaching out to students, engaging them, supporting their life-long learning, instilling values of empathy and civic engagement, and caring for their well-being.
14th Annual MENASA Conference learning outcomes:
- Develop increased awareness and knowledge of regional trends, professional competencies and issues impacting student affairs and services;
- Network with and learn from colleagues across the MENASA Area and beyond;
- Strengthen knowledge and skills related to higher education and professional growth founded in research and best practices;
- Explore future opportunities to collaborate, exchange and further advance Area challenges and best practices.
- Expand one’s understanding of the opportunities and challenges of student affairs and services in a posthuman era.
Call for Proposals
The 2020 Planning Committee seeks engaging and innovative proposals that examine and question Student Affairs practices and their integration into Campus. In an age of changing communications, technologies and posthuman interactions, this conference invites talks and presentations around topics related to:
- student engagement,
- innovations and best practices,
- student affairs competencies
- other related topics on Higher Education and Student Affairs.
Programs can be submitted through the Submit Proposal link. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, 15 December, 2019.
Topics can be presented in (1) an individual presentations, (2) panel format with other presenters, (3) round-table sessions or (4) as a poster session. Regular sessions (individual, panel, round table) will be 60 minutes; poster sessions will be scheduled separately.
Helpful Tips and Considerations
1. Individual Presentation: Submit a topic/abstract to be delivered in 50-60 minutes, inclusive of interactive engagements and/or Q&A with the audience.
2. Panel Presentation: Submit a topic/abstract to be presented in 15 minutes. The selection committee will group this in a panel of similar topics, with 15 minutes per presenter, following by a 15 minutes discussion with the audience. A full panel may be submitted by a group of 2-3 presenters sharing a main topic/idea.
3. Round Table Session: Submit a topic/abstract for facilitated discussion to be delivered in 50-60 minutes, inclusive of discussion questions and prompts with attendees.
4. Poster Session: Poster sessions showcase research and/or institution programs. Unlike a general interest session, a poster session allows viewers to study and re-study information and discuss it with practitioners one-on-one. It combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. As viewers walk by, posters quickly and efficiently communicate a presenter's topic in an engaging way.
Proposal Writing Tips
Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.
For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
There is an option to bundle registration fees for this event with a MENASA membership. If the "Registration and MENASA Membership" option is chosen, MENASA membership will be effective two weeks after the event.
11/15/2019 to 1/30/2020
|$300USD (KWD 90)||$350USD (KWD 105)||$400USD (KWD 120)|
|Registration and MENASA Membership|
|$375USD (KWD 113)||$425USD (KWD 128)||$475USD (KWD 143)|
|$500USD (KWD 150)||$550USD (KWD 165)||$600USD (KWD 180)|
Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 14th Annual MENASA NASPA Conference.
General Event Questions:Tadd Kruse
MENASA Area Director
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About the American University of Kuwait
The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural, and administrative structure, methods, and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English.
Founded in 2003, AUK opened its doors to students in 2004 and is currently home to 2500 students and 300 members of staff and faculty from 40 nationalities. AUK offers 16 degree programs in Business Administration, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the international partner institution to the American University of Kuwait. Dartmouth and AUK have worked closely together since 2003 when the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding that facilitated a series of advisory, consultative, and cooperative projects.
The AUK Campus is located in Salmiya, in the center of one of Kuwait’s most vibrant commercial-residential areas.
The campus has spacious, modern classrooms; computer, science, and language laboratories; an administration building, a state-of-the-art library, Music & Art Therapy rooms, cafes, an American-style diner, a bookstore, and recreation courts. A four-story student center houses recreational, athletic, administrative, and academic-support facilities.
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Day 1 - Sunday March 8
8:00 Hotel Pickup Hotel
8:15-10:00 Registration (Conference, Workshops, Mentoring, Cultural Events, etc.)
9:00-9:50 First-Time Attendee Session
9:15-9:45 Campus Tour (optional)
10:00-11:30 Keynote/Opening Plenary
11:45-12:45 Making Connections: Speed Networking
1:00-2:30 Welcome/Networking Lunch
2:45-3:45 Concurrent Sessions
a) Interacting With Students: Building More Than Rapport
b) Designing, Executing and Assessing Student Development for a Posthuman Era
c) Campus Housing Workshop (ACUHO-I) Extended Session (2:45-5:15)
3:45-4:00 Coffee Break
4:00-5:00 Student Affairs/Services Specialty Area Roundtables
5:15 Hotel Dropoff
6:30-8:30 Cultural Activities - By registration only
Day 2 - Monday March 9
8:00-10:00 Registration (Conference, Workshops, Mentoring, Cultural Events, etc.)
8:00-9:00 MENASA NASPA Board Meeting (Closed)
9:00-10:00 Concurrent Sessions - 2
a) Understanding Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
b) Student Issues: To handle digitally or face to face?
c) From Student to Student Affairs: Developing Early Channels into the Profession
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 MENASA Specialty Sessions:
a) Certificate Program Participant Session (Invitation Only)
b) Mentoring Participant Session (Invitation Only)
c) Benefitting from a NASPA Membership (Open to All)
d) Getting Involved in MENASA-NASPA (Open to All) OR. e) Campus Tour (Open to All)
11:40-12:40 Concurrent Sessions - 3
a) Counseling vs Coaching within the Career Services Arena in Higher Education
b) Preparing Students for a Posthuman Age Where None Exists: The Central Asian Experience
12:40-2:00 Lunch on Your Own
2:00-3:00 Group Interactive Session
3:00-3.45 Networking Coffee Break
3:45-4:45Concurrent Sessions - 4
a) Academic Advising - Posthuman Era
b) One-Stop Student Services Center: New approach and model in Student Affair
c) Incorporating SDGs to Student Affairs: Moving from Service based to Purpose based
6:15 Hotel Pickup for Dinner/Social
6:30-8:30 Conference Dinner & Social
9:00 Hotel Dropoff
Day 3 - Tuesday March 10
8:00-9:00 Registration (Conference)
8:30-9:30 Concurrent Sessions - 5
b) Moving Beyond Manager to Impactful Leader: Leadership as a Relationship-Based Exchange Process
c) #is_ Academic_Advising_Instagramable? Student Affairs’ Presence within the Social Media Constellation
9:40-10:20 MENASA NASPA Board Meeting (Open)
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
10:40-11:40 Concurrent Sessions - 6
a) Using Classroom Techniques to Improve Student Affairs Program Delivery (& Student Learning)
b) A Simple Framework to Help Students Develop Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
c) Writing Center Practice Redefined
11:50-12:50 Roundtable Sessions on Tackling Area Issues
1:00-2:30 Lunch & Conference Closing Ceremony
3:00-6:00 Optional Visits to Kuwait Attractions