About the Institute
The NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice President for Student Affairs Officers provides an engaging and supportive environment for you to learn and reflect on your personal goals and aspirations. It is an application-based program offered every other year and allows time for in-depth discussions and small, faculty-led coaching sessions. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experienced VPSA faculty members as well as participate in content sessions on topics such as transitioning from being a divisional actor to an institutional leader; effectively navigating institutional politics; leading change with a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion lens; bringing your full self to the role; assessing institutional fit during your VPSA search; demonstrating readiness for the VPSA role; managing up, down, and across; and more.
You should apply if:
- You hold a master’s degree and/or a terminal degree.
- You hold a mid-level manager position or higher in student affairs.
- Your responsibilities include staff supervision, budget management, and designing and implementing programs.
Through presentations, small group discussion, and one-on-one meetings with faculty, participants will:
- Explore a variety of career paths, objectives, and strategies among a diverse group of participants and VPSA coaches;
- Gain relevant insights and knowledge into different institutional types and demands when applying for and assuming a VPSA position;
- Develop skills related to practical issues such application materials preparation, working with a search firm, managing resources, supervising at the executive level, and navigating institutional politics; and
- Learn how to build and maintain relationships as the VPSA with cabinet-level peers, the president, and governing board members.
Accomplished vice presidents for student affairs from a variety of institutional types will serve as the Institute's faculty.
This exclusive professional development program is an institute. Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals. It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening each day. Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute.
The institute faculty team is hard at work designing an outstanding program for the selected cohort. The institute will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 and will conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Please check back soon for more details about the full institute schedule.
Apply Now for NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs
Enrollment in the Institute is limited, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit an application not later than October 15, 2021 for consideration. A completed application will include a current résumé, one letter of recommendation, and responses to several short answer questions. Notifications about application decisions will be made on a rolling basis and not later than November 15, 2021. Accepted applicants will receive information regarding how to register for the institute. Because space is limited and because applications will be considered on a rolling basis, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
A Note for AVPs/"Number Twos" Considering Applying for This Institute
If you are an AVP (or the equivalent) who is in the first two years of your first AVP (or equivalent) role, NASPA recommends you to attend the 2022 NASPA Institute for New AVPs instead of this institute. This program is offered every other year, and your application for the 2024 institute will be encouraged.
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.
If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.
For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
The last day to register is January 9, 2022.
12/4/2021 through 12/19/2021
12/20/2021 through 1/9/2022
Accepted applicants will receive information regarding how to register for the institute.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
All Institute activities will take place at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.
NASPA has arranged special room rates for Institute attendees at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa at $195/night (not including 10.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.
Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.
Hotel booking information:
|Hotel||Room Rate / Night|
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
|$195 - Single/ Double
$215 - Triple
Hotel Cancelation Policy
Reservations can be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without any charge. Any reservations canceled inside that 72 hour window, will incur a 1 night room and tax charge.
About Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
We are thrilled to bring this event to the beautiful city of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. We hope you will take some time to experience the great things the city has to offer. Visit this website for more information on all that Ponte Vedra Beach has to offer during your visit.
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is serviced by the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The hotel is approximately 34 miles from the airport. Visit JAX airport website for more information.
This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Here are a couple alternate options:
- East Coast Transportation: Fee is $91 (one way). Reservations are required
- Estimated taxi fare: Approximately $75 (one way)
Take I-95 South to second exit. The sign will say I-295 & Blount Island (Exit 362A). Follow I-295 to Butler Boulevard, SR 202, and go East on Butler Boulevard East until it ends at A1A. Veer right onto A1A (South) and follow 3.5 miles to the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa. Turn right on PGA Tour Blvd. The hotel is on the left.
- On-site parking fee: $10 daily for attendees
- Valet parking fee: $28 daily
The average temperatures in Porte Vedra Beach in January are around 64 degrees F during the day and 45 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.
Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be colder temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.