As a new assistant or associate vice president (or other "number two") who reports to the vice president for student affairs (or other highest-ranking student affairs officer) on your campus, you have a very unique and equally challenging position. The NASPA Institute for New AVPs is designed to support your successful transition into the AVP role and will help you to navigate the complex individual and institutional challenges that are inherent in the “number two” position. With the leadership of a faculty team comprised of accomplished AVPs and VPSAs, the Institute’s curriculum focuses on:
- Competencies required for success in the AVP role
- Leading through relationships
- Leveraging intersecting personal identities for effective leadership
- Leading areas and functions that are new to you
- Effectively balancing leadership and followership
About the Institute Model
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.
All Institute participants must report to the highest-ranking student affairs officer on campus and have substantial responsibility for divisional functions. Join us in New Orleans in January to improve your effectiveness in your challenging role and to expand your AVP peer network!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Institute participants are strongly encouraged to attend also the 2020 NASPA AVP Symposium, which will take place in the same location immediately following the Institute. A registration fee discount of 50% will be offered to institute participants who attend the Symposium. Upon completion of your institute registration, you will receive an email confirmation that contains a discount code for you to apply to your registration for the Symposium.
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 and offsite activities. It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening on Friday, January 24. Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute. The institute schedule presented here is subject to changes.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
No-host Mixer for Arrived Participants (optional)
No-host Dinner Groups (optional)
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Institute Welcome and Introductions
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Institute Opening Session
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Institute Session: Achieving Your Groove: The Fully Competent AVP
During this session the faculty will lead participants in an interactive, productive session on the essential components required of a successful AVP. Participants will be introduced to the AVP Competency Areas and will have an opportunity to reflect and discuss their self-assessments on their level of competency within the context of their home campus. This session will encourage participants to strategize on ways to achieve their maximum potential toward ultimate competence.
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Lunch in Faculty-led Reflection Groups
Throughout the Institute, participants will gather with the same small group facilitated by one of the Institute faculty members.
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Institute Session: Leading with Panache: Effectively Navigating Your Institution’s Political Landscape
Your success as an AVP lies in your ability to effectively build and foster positive relationships across the institution. In this role, you need to have the right amount of empathy and good listening skills as well as a keen and strategic mindset that can help you to effectively develop appropriate alliances and collaborative partnerships with institution stakeholders. This session will explore ways to help you assess your abilities to successfully navigate your institution’s political landscape and provide opportunities to engage in active discourse with your peers on their own tried and true methods of relationship building.
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Institute Session: Leading Authentically: Leveraging Your Strengths and Intersecting Identities
Understanding who we are and how we show up within our personal and social identities is critical to one’s role as an AVP. Leading authentically means having a keen understanding of the role our identity(ies) play in shaping our narratives, and how that informs our decision making and ways in which we “show up” in the workplace. Through interactive group discussion exercises, this session will map out individual participants’ identities and strategize on ways to leverage our intersecting identities to be successful in our roles as AVPs.
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Faculty-led Reflection Groups
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Dinner (no-host) with Institute Participants
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Introduction to Day 2
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Institute Session: Leading When You’re Not the Expert: Leading What and Who You Inherit
It is not uncommon for the portfolio of an AVP to include departments or units that they have never overseen before or for which they lack professional expertise. While these areas might be similar in design or function (e.g., career services and counseling or student organization advising and fraternity/sorority advising), they do carry distinct differences that stress the importance for AVPs to “catch up” on their functional understanding of these units. This session will focus on participants’ self-reflection on their challenges in these areas and develop strategies to best leverage and advance the needs of these units.
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Institute Session: Tending to Your Garden Without Getting Caught in the Weeds
When it comes to effective leadership there is no such thing as a one size fits all approach. Good leaders must be able to adapt and adjust their leadership styles to meet the needs of their organization. Overseeing multiple functional areas brings myriad challenges in the management and development of your leadership team. How do you support your staff effectively while motivating and cultivating a climate of support and collegiality? This session will discuss strategies on developing effective leadership styles to meet these needs.
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Final Faculty-led Reflection Group Period
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Institute Closing Session
Accomplished AVPs and vice presidents for student affairs from a variety of institutional types will serve as the Institute's faculty.
Register Today for NASPA Institute for New AVPs
The NASPA Institute for New AVPs is a two-day learning and networking experience designed to support and develop AVPs in their roles on campus.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Institute participants are strongly encouraged to attend also the 2020 NASPA AVP Symposium, which will take place in the same location immediately following the Institute. A registration fee discount of 50% will be offered to institute participants who attend the Symposium. Upon completion of your institute registration, you will receive an email confirmation that contains a discount code for you to apply to your registration for the Symposium. Learn more about the 2020 NASPA AVP Symposium.
7/27/19 to 11/21/19
11/22/19 to 12/19/19
12/20/19 to 1/13/20
Registration Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is November 21, 2019. 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. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after November 21, 2019 for any reason.
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NASPA has partnered with Airport Shuttle, Inc., the official ground transportation provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, to provide discounted transportation for conference attendees.
A one-way Uber ride to/from hotel can cost around $35. The discounted shuttle cost for attendees is $40 round trip per person or $20 one-way per person.
Click here to reserve your shuttle as soon as you receive your flight information or no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal.
- Wheelchair accessible service is available
- First three bags per passenger are free
- Attendees can both make and change existing reservations online.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans is serviced by the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The hotel is approximately 15 miles from the airport.
Temperatures in New Orleans in January are around 62 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.