Make sure you save the date for October 20-22, 2022. This year’s Drive-In Conference will feature the Case Study Competition and NASPA-FL Social on Thursday; educational sessions, guest speakers, and awards on Friday; and the 2022 Undergraduate Symposium on Saturday.
The annual NASPA-FL Social will be held on Thursday, October 14th at 6:00PM. Additional information about the location will be sent out to Drive-In Conference registrants closer to the event date.
This event is an affordable opportunity for professional development, networking, reconnecting with old friends, and creating new ones! The 2022 NASPA-FL Drive-In Conference is open to all student affairs professionals, graduate students, institutional partners, and undergraduate students considering careers in Student Affairs.
If you have any questions about the 2022 NASPA-FL Drive-In Conference, please contact Dr. Kerrie Montgomery Orozco, Conference Chair, at [email protected]
If you have any questions about the 2022 NASPA-FL Undergraduate Symposium or participating in the Graduate School Fair, please contact Dr. Amanda Wilkerson, Undergraduate Symposium Coordinator, at Amanda. [email protected]
If you have any questions about the 2022 NASPA-FL Case Study Competition, please contact Susan Trudeau, Case Study Competition Coordinator, at [email protected]
Call for Programs
The Call for Programs is now closed.
Case Study Competition
The NASPA-FL-Drive-In Conference on October 20-22 will feature the return of the live annual Case Study Competition, a great opportunity for graduate students to enhance their professional development in student affairs by utilizing their knowledge of student affairs theory and how it applies to real-world situations.
We will be hosting the annual Case Study Competition on Thursday afternoon, October 20. Teams of three competitors from the same institution will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought-provoking case relevant to the field of student and academic affairs. Participants will present to a panel of judges comprised of student and academic affairs practitioners and faculty. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the conference closing ceremony.
We strongly suggest that institutions host a local competition to determine a team to advance to the statewide competition. Cases from previous NASPA-FL competitions may be used for local competitions, or you may want to ask some of your student affairs professionals on campus to create a case and judge the on-campus event.
Please note that all participants must register for the NASPA-FL Drive in Conference to be eligible to participate.
We hope that students from your institution take part in this educational and fun opportunity for professional development! If you are interested in competing, please register here. Please contact me at [email protected] or 904-620-3547 if you have additional questions.
Register Online for 2022 NASPA Florida Drive-In Conference
The NASPA-FL Conference Committee invites you to join us for the annual drive-in conference from October 20-22, 2022, FULLY IN-PERSON, at USF.
Keynote Speaker - Carla McKnight
Carla is a passionate and dynamic speaker who has spent more than 15 years promoting growth and inspiring change in the field of higher education. The early part of her career was spent working directly with students in a variety of capacities including residence life, student conduct, academic advising, and as a faculty member. Though Carla thoroughly enjoyed this work, she was deeply troubled by how the people, policies, and practices within an institution could negatively impact the student experience. That is when Carla switched her focus from working directly with students to contributing to student success by working with faculty and staff.
Carla currently serves as the Vice President of Organizational Development and Human Resources at Valencia College. Her goal is to recruit, train, and develop a diverse workforce that will create an inclusive learning environment conducive to the success of all students. She is pursuing a Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Featured Speaker - Gerald Hector
Gerald Hector is the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at the University of Central Florida. He oversees accounting, finance, human resources, campus safety, auxiliary enterprises, and all aspects of facilities management.
Before joining UCF, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer for Morehouse College, and prior to that, Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Treasurer for Cornell University. He has also held similar leadership roles at Ithaca College and Johnson C. Smith University. Before joining higher education, he was the Corporate Controller for the United Negro College Fund, and a public accountant with then Deloitte and Touche.
His twenty-two-year tenure in higher education has seen him advocate for diversity and inclusion matters. He has made presentations both nationally and on the campuses he serves. As an author, his first published work has birthed a podcast series where he engages thought leaders on matters of early career paths, and where they are today. The book and the podcast are ways that he continue to provide hope and inspiration to young people and young professionals just starting out in their careers.
He is an honors graduate from Howard University where he majored in accounting and holds a Master of Christian Thought degree from the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to his college sweetheart, Sharon-Kaye, and is the father of three children, Joshua, Timothy and Kezia.
Drive-In Conference Schedule
Eastern Standard Time
Eastern Standard Time
Case Study Competition - Time TBA
6:00 p.m. – NASPA-FL Social
There is no official conference hotel for this year's Drive-In, but there are several affordable options for accommodations around the University of South Florida Campus.
- Embassy Suites by Hilton - 3705 Spectrum Boulevard Tampa, Florida 33612 - Located on the USF Campus and USF Research Park. Hot Breakfast Included.
- Holiday Inn - 3751 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612 - Located across the street from the USF Campus.
- Holiday In Express - 2807 E. Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612 - Located 10 minutes from the USF Campus. Continental Breakfast Included.
- Home2Suites by Hilton - 11606 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33612 - Located across the street from the USF Campus. Hot Breakfast Included.
- Hyatt Place - 11408 North 30th Street, Tampa, Florida, 33612 - Located 5 minutes from the USF Campus. Hot Breakfast Included.
- La Quinta Inn - 9202 N 30th St., Tampa, FL 33612 - Located 10 minutes from the USF Campus. Hot Breakfast Included.
Become a Sponsor
Dear Corporate Partner:
NASPA-FL is the state connection for NASPA members. Through various opportunities, we aim to assist higher education professionals with career development and networking needs within Florida. As a state organization within NASPA Region III, we seek to develop a robust partnership with your organization and our association members.
We are excited to transition this conference back to a fully in-person experience at the University of South Florida in the beautiful city of Tampa. Being held Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22, 2022, this conference will provide high levels of engagement for both sponsors and participants. Thursday and Friday of the Drive-In Conference will include professional staff, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students throughout Florida. The conference concludes on Saturday with the Undergraduate Symposium, which targets undergraduate students considering a career in Student Affairs.
NASPA is the professional home for the field of student affairs. Together, NASPA is dedicated to centering students in the evolution of higher education. Our guiding principles of Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, and Inquiry shape our work of fulfilling the promise of higher ed for every student. In researching your organization’s mission and objectives, we have identified a mutually beneficial partnership opportunity with our association.
As the second largest state organization in our region, we encompass thousands of higher education professionals representing over 100 colleges and universities in Florida. NASPA-FL has a strong record of member engagement through our annual Drive-In Conference, NASPA National Conference attendance, webinar participation, and association networking.
To participate in this event, NASPA-FL would like to identify our sponsors no later than September 16, 2022. For your convenience and consideration, we have attached our sponsorship packages via this letter, detailing how your organization can engage with our NASPA-FL community.
We are eager to partner with you, so if you have any ideas for your activation or marketing efforts for us to explore, please contact me at [email protected]. We thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Your support is greatly valued by NASPA and the NASPA-FL community.
Michael Baumhardt, M.A., M.B.A.
NASPA-FL Operations & Planning Chair