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February 1, 2023

Participant Application Opens

April 14, 2023

Participant Application Due (Tentative)

April 21, 2023

Participants Notified of Acceptance (Tentative)

May 10, 2023

Payment for Conference Due (Tentative)

2022 NASPA Region III/SACSA New Professionals Institute

Regional Drive-in/Small Conference Supporting the Profession Regions Region III New Professional

About the Institute:

NPI - New Professionals Institute is the preeminent professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals in the south (we consider ‘new professionals’ anyone with five years or fewer of full-time experience in Student Affairs). Co-sponsored by NASPA Region III and SACSA, NPI is an intensive, interactive week of learning, sharing, networking and professional and personal development. This unique opportunity allows new professionals to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from others. It is a time of professional and personal renewal and assists new professionals in the development of their careers. NPI requires a commitment by the new professional to work intensively over five days with other new professionals and a team of more-seasoned faculty members.

To assure that new professionals' participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by the current senior student affairs officer at his/her institution, registrants must have a letter of support submitted by the senior student affairs officer at the institution. Generally, there is a limit of two participants per institution. Many institutions have used this Institute not only as a training ground for rising stars in the profession, but as a form of recognition for outstanding new professionals on their campus. Participants come from all areas of student affairs: student activities, orientation, career services, residential life, recreation, student conduct, accessibility services admissions, fraternity and sorority life, counseling, international services, and more!

Potential NPI Topics:

Career and Life Planning | Leadership | Diversity and Inclusion | Budgeting | Professional Standards | Navigating the Politics of Higher Education | Professional Associations and Engagement | Critical and Current Issues in the Profession | Leadership Panels | Emerging Research and Theories | Effective Goal Setting | Collaborative Environments | Transitioning to Supervisory/Administrative Roles

Other Components of the NPI Experience:

Regular meetings with small mentoring groups facilitated by your faculty mentor
Individual consultations with seasoned professionals networking and social opportunities

The Application Process:

1.     Each applicant must fill out an online application and include a high-resolution headshot. 

2.     Each applicant must have an online letter of support completed by their senior student affairs officer. This step is to assure that the new professional's participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by their current administration.

3.    Application deadline is April 25, 2022

4.    Once selected, submit payment by May 9, 2022. Fees will apply for late payments.

Note: All participants are expected to stay through the remainder of the Institute.

Registration fee and additional costs*:

The cost of NPI registration is $725 for SACSA and NASPA Region III members. 

$800 for non-members.

*Fee includes institute materials, lodging and meals once onsite. Participants will be responsible for round trip travel to Hattiesburg.


New Student Affairs professionals who have not been trained through a student affairs graduate preparation program may consider a pre-institute experience that will provide context for the profession. Subject matter will include (student affairs history, seminal student development literature, and tips for navigating the field.) Participants will be charged $40 to cover the cost of lunch and materials. You must arrive by 10:00 am on Friday, June 3 to participate.  If this affects your travel plans and requires you to arrive a day early, you will incur an additional cost of $40 for lodging for that one extra night. 

Contact Information:

Dr. Roland Bullard | NPI Director | [email protected]
Dr. Christi Grudier | NPI Program Coordinator | [email protected].

Perspectives from Past Participants

Jamyia Barrett

I thoroughly enjoyed NPI as it was an opportunity for myself, as a new professional, to be able to gain more insight into the profession via fellow new and veteran student affairs professionals. The sessions that were presented, the one on one meetings with administrators, and the chance to further learn how to better my skillsets were all invaluable. The cohort model also allowed me to build relationships with other NPI attendees so that I would have resources in other practitioners in various areas.

Trevor Basehart

NPI is an amazing and life changing experience for new professionals. Each day I learned new skills that I continue to incorporate in my daily life, inside and outside of Student Affairs. The relationships and mentors that you gain throughout the experience are irreplaceable. NPI is the best professional development experience.

Jenna Gonzalez

NPI changed my entire professional outlook. I went into that week not knowing where my place was within higher education. I left that week renewed and overjoyed to be within Student Affairs. It was truly the best professional development experience I have ever had throughout my career.

Ashley Kautz

Attending NPI was an invaluable experience as a new professional. I was not only able to connect with others who were new to the field, but also veteran student affairs professionals. The opportunity to work so closely with administrators from across the region offered differing perspectives and career trajectories that allowed me to consider different avenues for professional growth. I frequently look back on presentations from NPI and still keep in touch and work with colleagues I met at NPI.


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Region 3