Careers in Student Affairs Month

Supporting the Profession

Careers in Student Affairs (CSAM) is a month-long initiative, each October. CSAM is dedicated to the celebration of a career in student affairs, education and awareness in the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field. More directly, the goals of Careers in Student Affairs Month are to:

  • Celebrate the field of student affairs through opportunities to reflect on individual journeys and experiences
  • Provide professional development for student affairs administrators in higher education
  • Encourage and promote the profession in order to grow the field of student affairs
  • Cultivate spaces for dialogue related to pertinent topics within student affairs


2022 Themes

This year, the theme for #CSAM22 is Charting the Future of Student Affairs based on the findings from NASPA’s 2022 Compass report.  A result of a yearlong project aimed at identifying issues and trends that could influence the field, the compass report identified four critical areas which are our subthemes for 2022. They are:

Student Needs & Expectations
Given the growing need to demonstrate the value of higher education, what student perspectives should be front of mind, and what training is needed for practitioners in the field?
Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
With a greater institutional focus on operationalizing commitments to advancing social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), how do the ways we support students, staff, and faculty need to change? What systemic and professional development needs should be prioritized?  
Professional Preparation & Development
Given changes to student affairs roles and responsibilities and the imperative for institutions to respond flexibly to evolving needs, how should graduate programs be preparing students? What are ongoing professional development needs that the field should address? 
Workforce Satisfaction and Retention
How has the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the need to question and change assumptions about the ways student affairs professionals work and the expectations of their roles?


Webcasts 2022

During Careers in Student Affairs Month, NASPA and NASPA Constituent Groups sponsor educational sessions for students and professionals of all levels. Unless noted otherwise, 2022 NASPA Careers in Student Affairs Month webinars are free for members and non-members. 

Date & Time Title Description Presenters
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 3-4 PM EST  Moving from Entry Level to Mid-Level: What Should You Know

Sponsored by the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC), in collaboration with the NASPA AAKC HBCU Task Force, this event is a call to all wanting to navigate the professional landscape of higher education which can be difficult. This professional development opportunity will provide participants with insight on progressing from entry to mid-level positions.

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Ms. Ashley Conner, Interim Executive Director of Student Success & Retention, Edward Waters University;

Ms. Akilih Haley, Career & College Transfer Services Coordinator; Lawson State Community College;

Mr. Frank Dorsey II, Interim Dean of Student Involvement & Leadership, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff;

Dr. Curtis L. Coleman, Executive Director of Admissions, Virginia State University;

Dr. Tymon M. Graham, Associate Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, Edward Waters University

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 4-5PM EST


Student Affairs in Action: An Overview of the Compass Report and Supporting the Profession through Research

Join this session with two co-authors of The Compass Report as they discuss key themes and the role of research in furthering the profession. Attendees will learn more about a career in research at a national association and how NASPA's approach connects to campus practices.

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Omari Burnside, NASPA Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Practice

Alexa Wesley Chamberlain, NASPA Director of Research and Strategy

Thursday, October 20, 2022 4-5 PM EST It’s Not A One Trick Pony: Career Flexibility & Opportunities with a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Facilitators will bust the myth that Higher education and student affairs (HESA) master’s degrees are only for careers working on a college campus and share numerous ways to use the degree. Participants will explore the many possibilities of what they can do with a HESA master’s degree through the creation of a career flexibility plan.

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Rozana Carducci, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Director of M. A. in Higher Education, Elon University

Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, Clemson University

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 4-5 PM EST  State of Student Affairs: Conversation with NASPA President and Board Chair

Join NASPA President Dr. Kevin Kruger and NASPA Board Chair Dr. Danita Brown Young for a discussion on the current state of the student affairs field as well as the future of the field from the perspective of association leadership. 

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Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President

Dr. Danita Brown Young, NASPA Board Chair 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 12-1 PM EST Community College Division Careers in Student Affairs Month Panel

The Community College Division has recruited an experienced panel to discuss their student affairs journeys. We hope you will join us for an interactive discussion on the present and future trajectory of student affairs within community colleges.

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Dr. Michele F. Yovanovich, Vice President for Student Affairs, Florida SouthWestern State College

Dr. Edward F. Martinez, Associate Dean for Student Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Suffolk County Community College

Betzabel Martinez, Doctoral Student, Mt. San Antonio College

Moderator: Richard Monroe, Student Engagement Manager, Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

Thursday, October 27, 2022 12-1 PM EST  AGAPSS KC "Careers in Student Affairs Month" Monthly Networking Meet-up

 The Administrators in Graduate & Professional Student Services (AGAPSS) Knowledge Community's regular monthly meet-up for October will kick off with a conversation about student affairs career pathways in graduate and professional student services. Come learn about this particular domain of student affairs practice, and meet colleagues from across disciplinary and institutional boundaries who are happy to discuss their own career journeys and experiences.

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Matt Imboden, Chief Student Services Officer, Wake Forest Univ School of Business 

Erica Stocks, Director of Student Affairs, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Lisa Brandes, Asst Dean, Yale Grad Student Affairs (RET)

Thursday, October 27, 2022 8pm-9pm Careers in Student Affairs Month Panel

Interested in working in Student Affairs? Learn more abou the SA profession, grad school programs, and employment opportunities. 

Bri Jimenez, NASPA Graduate Associate

Dr. Anthony Desantis

Assoc. Vice President of Student Affairs

Saint Leo University


Dr. Gloria Laureano

Senior Assoc. Vice President of Student Affairs

Kennesaw State University


2022 Special Book Discount

NASPA is offering a 20% discount on publications Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education, and The Business of Student Affairs.  Use code CSAM22 any time between October 1 and October 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST to take advantage of this offer. Please note that this excludes shipping costs and cannot be combined with other offers.

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