2016 NASPA Mid-Level Administrators Conference

June 26 – June 28, 2016
Palmer House - Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

The 2016 NASPA Mid-Level Administrators Conference is a national professional development conference designed to provide mid-level student affairs professionals with the opportunity to engage with colleagues and senior student affairs administrators and further develop their professional competencies.


The 2016 NASPA Mid-Level Administrators Conference is a national professional development conference designed to provide mid-level student affairs professionals with the opportunity to engage with colleagues and senior student affairs administrators. Participants will gain insights from promising practices and personal reflections to further develop their professional competencies, networking and supervisory skills, and acquire new skills and strategies to improve their professional practice. The Mid-level Administrators Conference is designed for those practitioners with at least five years of student affairs experience, who supervise full time staff members and are primarily responsible for several student affairs functions on campus.

As a result of this experience, participants will be able to:

  • Develop the skill to manage from the middle both internally to include staff and supervisors, and externally to include stakeholders and cross campus constituents;
  • Continue to refine personal code of ethics and gain an understanding on the impacts of professional leadership roles;
  • Build and strengthen strategies for organizational leadership to include change leadership, political landscapes, resource management, crisis management, and supervisory skills;
  • Envision your professional growth and learn the options on advancing and/or transitioning careers; and
  • Build a network of mid-level colleagues.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Senior Level
  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level Administrators


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals which provide evidence of strong student affairs practices and professional development content for mid-level professionals within student affairs.  Presenters are asked to have a minimum of ten years of work experience, considered a senior level administrator, and robust background in the topical area. Presenters will be asked to identify the intended learning outcome in relationship to the program as programs will be selected based upon these relationships.  The call for workshops closed April 29.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

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Submission Timeline
  • April 29, 2016
    Call for Workshops Closes
  • May 6, 2016
    Notifications Shared

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The tentative schedule is posted for your review.  Please note that there may be small adjustments to the schedule.

Full Schedule

Sun, Jun 26

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Opening Session
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Morning Plenary
Future of Student Affairs: Upcoming Trends for Campuses
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Small Group Reflection Meetings
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Building Your Career Path
Move on When Ready: Assessing the Interview Potential of the Mid-Level Manager
Effectively Managing Change & Transition: Critical Skills at the Mid-Level
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception

Mon, Jun 27

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Small Group Reflection Meetings
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Leadership Development
Politics: Navigating from the Middle
Supervision is NOT a Dirty Word
Building your Personal and Professional Brand
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Foundational Skills
Spotlight on Ethics: Ethical Considerations for Mid-level Professionals
Show Me the Money! Budget and Fiscal Management for Those in the Middle
Supervision is NOT a Dirty Word
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Managing Campus Unrest as a Mid-Level
Media Training 101
The Mid-Level Manager & Crisis Management
Navigating Student Activism on Contemporary American Colleges
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Featured Panel
Tips and Insights on How to Build a Successful Relationship as a Mid-Level Administrator With Your VPSA
5:15 p.m – 6:15 p.m
Small Group Reflection Meetings

Tue, Jun 28

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions: Developing Your Career Path
Managing from the Middle: Challenges, Pathways and Success from the Mid-Level Professional Role
We’ve Done It, So can You: Advancing from Specialist to Cross-Functional Leader
Creating a Professional Development for You
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Small Group Reflection Meetings
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Closing Panel with Conference Chairs


Registration rates are based on your NASPA membership. If you are not a member, please vist the NASPA Membership page for more information.

Registration Fees

03/01/2016 to 05/13/2016
05/14/2016 to 06/10/2016
Late / On-Site
after 06/11/2016
NASPA Member


Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-75202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is May 13, 2016, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. 

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to [email protected] prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected]


  • Peggy Burke

    Peggy Burke

    Associate Vice President, Student Development
    DePaul University

    Faculty Bio

  • Darryl B. Holloman

    Darryl B. Holloman

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    Georgia State University

    Faculty Bio


Palmer House. Hilton Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

The Palmer House, Hilton Hotel has arranged special room rates for conference attendees starting at $169/night (+ 17.4% local and state taxes). Reservations must be made by Saturday, June 4, 2016. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. For reservations, please call 312-726-7500 under the "NASPA" group name.  


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Palmer House. Hilton Hotel
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, 60603
$169 / Single, Double
  • Travel

    The Chicago-OHare International Airport (ORD) is 18 miles from the hotel and the Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is 11 miles form the hotel.

  • Transportation

    For more information on airport shuttles, please visit the for Chicago International. For Midway, please visit Ground Transportation page of the MDW website. A shared ride shuttle to the hotel is approximately $14 one way.

    Taxi service is available from each terminal (arrival level) curbside. A taxi fare from ORD to the hotel is approximately $35 and from MDW is $30 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the airport website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Chicago in June are around 80 degrees F during the day, and around 60 degrees F at night. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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