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


2021 Themes

This year, the theme for #CSAM21 is Transitions and Transformations. As campuses reopen, how are our campuses communities adjusting to a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic? How have the transitions throughout the pandemic affected student life, engagement, and the field? What has changed about the way we respond to student needs? Faculty and staff should be considering now more than ever, the impact that COVID-19 has had upon marginalized communities, the disparities in access to care and how this has impacted students and their development. The student affairs community must not only recognize the transition we are experiencing, but acknowledge how we have all been impacted by the pandemic. As we transition back to campus life, campuses must develop and encourage practices of care to create and maintain balance in a post-pandemic community. As the field continues to shift and evolve in a post-pandemic world, how are students, faculty, and staff being supported amid concerns of burnout and anxiety?

Free Webcasts 2021

During Careers in Student Affairs Month, NASPA and NASPA Constituent Groups sponsor educational sessions for students and professionals of all levels. Unless noted otherwise, 2021 NASPA Careers in Student Affairs Month webinars are free for members and non-members. 

Date & Time Title Description Presenters
Wednesday, October 13, 12 - 1 PM ET Career Development for HBCU Student Affairs Professionals Throughout fall 2021, Region III is hosting HBCU-focused webinars. Join us for this special CSAM offering. Register at (free for members; $39 for non-members).   
Monday, October 18, 3 - 4 PM ET Getting Involved in NASPA as an Emerging Professional Join NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Dungy Leadership Institute faculty Cory Davis and Antonio Duran for this lively session about getting involved in NASPA as an emerging professional.  Cory Davis, Champlain College, Director of Community Standards and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Antonio Duran, Florida International University, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies
Wednesday, October 27, 12 - 1 PM ET Preparation for Student Affairs Professionals at HBCUs Throughout fall 2021, Region III is hosting HBCU-focused webinars. Join us for this special CSAM offering. Register at (free for members; $39 for non-members).   
Wednesday, October 27, 2 - 3 PM ET The Current State of Student Affairs Join NASPA President Dr. Kevin Kruger and NASPA Board Chair Dr. Julie Payne Kirchmeier 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.  Dr. Kevin Kruger & Dr. Julie Payne Kirchmeier


2021 Special Book Discount

NASPA is offering a 20% discount on publications Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs and Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education. Use code CSAM21 any time between October 1 and October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EST to take advantage of this offer. Please note that this excludes shipping costs and cannot be combined with other offers.