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
- Leveraging intersecting personal identities for effective leadership
- Leading from "the middle" and with a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion lens
- Navigating the role under hyper-ambigous conditions
- Leading areas and functions that are new to you
- Supervising and leading diverse, intergenerational teams
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 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 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 2022 NASPA AVP Symposium, which will take place in the same location immediately following the Institute. A registration fee discount of 25% 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.
Accomplished AVPs and 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 and offsite activities. It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening on Thursday, January 20. Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute. The institute schedule presented here is subject to changes.
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Institute Welcome and Participant Introductions
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
The Best of Both Worlds: When Bought Sense and Taught Sense Collide
One does not have to personally experience situations in order to learn valuable lessons. Sometimes stories of others can save you time and frustration. In this all-faculty session, faculty invite the participants to learn from the triumphs, challenges, and approaches to the second-in-command role. The session will begin with pre-determined questions while also offering opportunities for participants to engage in problem-posing exercises to everyone’s benefit.
2:45 PM - 3:05 PM
3:05 PM - 4:35 PM
Who Am I? Identity, Intersectionality, and Authentic Leadership
How can an awareness of self and our intersectional identities help our leadership effectiveness? In this session, we will discuss how our identities play a role in our leadership and strategize ways to manifest greater self-awareness of our values and worldviews toward a practice of authentic leadership.
4:35 PM - 4:55 PM
4:55 PM - 5:45 PM
Faculty-led Reflection Teams
Throughout the Institute, you will periodically gather with the same small group facilitated by one of the Institute faculty members.
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Dinner (no host) with Institute Participants
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:10 AM - 9:20 AM
Introduction of Day 2
9:20 AM - 10:30 AM
Well, Now What? Navigating Without a Map and Starting Your Journey
“Here’s the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” – Seth Godin
Tap into your tolerance for ambiguity and get comfortable with not knowing exactly where to go and how. We will discuss the power of leading through inquiry and how to turn anxiety of the uncertain into a sense of adventure for exploration and experimentation.
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 11:50 AM
Leading from the Middle: Determining When and How Your Institution Needs You
What is the leadership model in your division? Is it top down, does it practice shared governance, or is it more of a hybrid approach? Or are individual ideas valued or does the committee approach seem more effective?
Organizations are complex and divisions are no different. In this session, we will focus on adapting various leadership styles to support your division/organization, regardless of if you are contextually in a position of power or not.
11:50 AM - 1:05 PM
1:05 PM - 2:15 PM
Supervision from the AVP Role: Empowering Diverse Identities to Succeed
This session will explore the relationship between supervisor and supervisee, specifically addressing the different social identities and life experiences that people bring to their workplace. Content will focus on strategies to help set the tone, expectations, and accountability measures that lead to the professional development of the team. The session will include interactive activities to help attendees practice strategies presented.
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Join other members of the cohort for a peer-facilitated, focused discussion about a topic of importance to AVPs.
3:25 PM - 4:25 PM
Return of the JEDI: Leading with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
As we emerge from dual pandemics of a public health crisis and Anti-Black racism, leaders are increasingly called upon to embody and promote social justice. What does it mean to bring a social justice lens to the practice of student affairs? How do we turn our personal passions for social justice into professional competencies that inform our leadership practice? Our ability to do so is integral to our mission of “fulfilling the promise of higher education.”
4:35 PM - 5:30 PM
Faculty-led Reflection Teams
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
8:55 AM - 9:05 AM
Introduction of Final Day
9:05 AM - 9:50 AM
Knowing When to Lead and When to Learn: Being Accountable for Areas While Desiring More Past Experience
When transitioning to the role of AVP or Second in Command, it is common to increase supervisory scope. To that end, it is also common to lack knowledge in one of more areas of the new portfolio. It’s Ok! (...for a little while.)
This session will engage participants in gaining a better understanding of when to direct others and when to let the real experts guide the process.
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
What VPSAs Need and Expect from AVPs to Promote Divisional and Institutional Success
The relationships between AVPs and their vice presidents for student affairs are critically important ones that impact the effective management and leadership of the division and the institution. During this interactive live session, participants will engage with five sitting VPSAs to explore the strategies for cultivating positive and effective relationships to advance divisional priorities, cultivate cross-divisional cooperation, and promote institutional success. Panelists will also share tips for those interested in eventually transitioning to a VPSA role.
11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
Faculty-led Reflection Teams
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Our time together began with a focus on self and high expectations for the Institute content and networking opportunities. Following structured sessions, informal discussions, time for reflection, networking with colleagues, and meals in community, the 2022 NASPA Institute for New AVPs is coming to an end. This session is designed to conclude our time together with some faculty and participant reflections. We look forward to hearing from you.
Log-in and Register for NASPA Institute for New AVPs
The NASPA Institute for New AVPs is a three-day learning and networking experience designed to support and develop AVPs in their roles on campus.
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.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Institute participants are strongly encouraged to attend also the 2022 NASPA AVP Symposium, which will take place in the same location immediately following the Institute. A registration fee discount of 25% 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 2022 NASPA AVP Symposium.
12/7/2021 through 1/3/2022
1/4/2022 to 1/10/2022
Registration Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is December 6, 2021. 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 December 6, 2021 for any reason.
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Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
All Symposium activities will take place at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.
NASPA has arranged special room rates for Symposium 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.
We expect that many institute participants will choose to attend also the NASPA AVP Symposium, which will take place in the same location immediately following the institute. The room block linked below is available only for the institute; if you will stay for the symposium, you will need to make a second reservation using the link available on the symposium website. For example, you may make a reservation using the link below for the institute with an arrival date of January 19 and a departure date of January 22. Then, you may make a second reservation for the symposium using the link available on the symposium website with an arrival date of January 22 and a departure date of January 24. The hotel will keep you in the same room, but two reservations are necessary because the room blocks are distinct.
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.