2019-02-25

2020 NASPA AVP Symposium

January 25 – January 27, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana

The NASPA AVP Symposium is a unique and innovative two-day program designed to support and develop assistant and associate vice presidents and other "number twos" in their challenging campus leadership roles. Leveraging the vast expertise and knowledge of sitting AVPs and VPSAs, the Symposium will provide high-level content through a variety of participant engagement-oriented session types. To submit a program proposal for the Symposium, please see the Call for Programs section below.

Two Important Notes

  1. This professional development offering is limited to AVPs and other "number twos" who report to the highest-ranking student affairs officer on campus and have substantial responsibility for divisional functions. Additionally, vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) who are presenting during the symposium may also register and attend.
  2. Participants of the immediately preceding 2020 NASPA Institute for New AVPs who choose also to attend the Symposium will receive a 50% discount for their Symposium registration fee.

About

Assistant and associate vice presidents for student affairs and other senior-level "number twos" who report to the vice president for student affairs (or the equivalent) have among the most complex and challenging roles in the modern student affairs division. The NASPA AVP Symposium will gather AVPs from a wide variety of institutional types for two intense days of learning and networking designed to support AVPs' success in these difficult, yet critically important, roles. Symposium attendees can expect sessions and high-level content developed and delivered for an AVP audience that call on AVP participants to contribute to the peer learning community by deeply engaging with the Symposium content and fellow participants.

Advancing Excellence in the AVP Role is the theme of this inaugural NASPA AVP Symposium, and we expect that programs and sessions will connect with the following topics and content areas:

  • Strategies for addressing the challenges and complexities inherent in the AVP role
  • Leading from “the middle”
  • Freedom of expression and civility on campus
  • Leveraging personal identities for effective leadership
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Human resources (including supervision and staff accountability)
  • Community health and wellness
  • Law, public policy, and compliance issues
  • Understanding, navigating, and influencing institutional culture
  • Organizational change/resource management
  • Fundraising
  • Crisis management

To be among the expert presenters during the inaugural NASPA AVP Symposium, please visit the Call for Programs section below to submit a program proposal for the Symposium.

 

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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs

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Call for Programs

The symposium planning committee invites AVPs/“number twos” and vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) to submit program proposals that resonate with the symposium theme of “Advancing Excellence in the AVP Role”. While all proposals that connect with this broad theme will be considered, the committee is particularly interested to review submissions related to the following topics and content areas:

  • Strategies for addressing the challenges and complexities inherent in the AVP role
  • Leading from “the middle”
  • Freedom of expression and civility on campus
  • Leveraging personal identities for effective leadership
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Human resources (including supervision and staff accountability)
  • Community health and wellness
  • Law, public policy, and compliance issues
  • Understanding, navigating, and influencing institutional culture
  • Organizational change/resource management
  • Fundraising
  • Crisis management

Proposals for a variety of session types ranging from brief, 30-minute sprint sessions to longer extended sessions to lengthy pre- and post-symposium workshops are solicited. To learn more about the range of session types and to submit a program proposal, please visit the Call for Program site.



Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

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Submission Timeline
  • June 10, 2019
    Call for Programs Opens
  • August 14, 2019
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • September 20, 2019
    Program Decision Notifications
  • September 30, 2019
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Questions?

Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2020 NASPA AVP Symposium.

James Stascavage
Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Phone: 202-719-1172
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Schedule

The symposium schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. In early-October and following the conclusion of the Call for Programs selection process, a detailed schedule will be presented here. The schedule presented here is subject to changes.

Sat, Jan 25

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-in Period
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-symposium Workshops
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
No-host Mixer for Arrived Participants (optional)
7:15 p.m.
No-host Dinner Groups for Arrived Participants (optional)

Sun, Jan 26

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-in Period
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Symposium Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Speaker
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Symposium Program
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Symposium Break
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Featured Session
2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Symposium Program
7:00
No-host Dinner Outing (optional)

Mon, Jan 27

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Topic-specific Roundtable Discussions
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Symposium Program
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Featured Session
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Symposium Closing Session
1:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Post-Symposium Workshops

Registration

Registration for the Symposium will open in mid-July.

Additional Info

Calling All Program Reviewers!

The Symposium Planning Commitee invites sitting AVPs and VPSAs (and the equivalents) to help shape this inaugural NASPA AVP Symposium by serving as a program proposal reviewer. To apply to serve in this important role, please click here.

2020 NASPA AVP Symposium Planning Committee:
  • Anne Flaherty, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Juan Guardia, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, University of Cincinnati
  • Ryan Holmes, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Miami
  • Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor, East Carolina University
  • Daniel Maxwell, Interim Vice President Student Affairs and AVC/AVP for Student Affairs, University of Houston Clear Lake and University of Houston System/University of Houston
  • Amy Pennington, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator, Arkansas Tech University
  • Shadia Sachedina, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
  • Becky Spurlock, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean, Student Life, The University of the South
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