TPE Blog

Read about the latest advice and information in career placement.

  • A Statement from TPE Leadership

    Like our sponsoring organizations, ACUHO-I and NASPA, TPE shares the heartbreak and outrage felt by our student affairs colleagues as we all mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people killed because of racism and hate. We acknowledge that these tragedies reflect long-standing racial injustice within our nation. We also recognize that our Black colleagues are exhausted and scared, and need space to grieve. Finally, we know that privilege and oppression exist everywhere - in our communities, on our campuses, and amongst our profession.

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  • “Starting a New Job Amidst a Global Pandemic: Tips for Training/Working Remotely”

    Like many of you will probably soon be doing, I recently started a new position in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. While I was so excited to start working in a new office and to continue my work in higher education, I was faced with a lot of anxiety and uncertainty of what this new experience would be like knowing that many colleges and universities across the country are functioning “off the grid” and almost completely remotely. In my first two weeks, I have learned so much and wanted to share some personal suggestions and advice as you prepare for a unique start to your professional careers in Student Affairs!


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  • “…or related field”: A perspective on the next several years in the job market

    ​Job seekers today, especially our graduating grad students, are searching in an unprecedented time. Higher Education institutions and student affairs divisions are reimagining how to continue to serve students and staff-up appropriately during both a global pandemic and time of financial uncertainty. With so many hiring freezes, the availability of open positions is far less than what any of us could have anticipated a few months ago. Justin Reynolds, Director of Research Initiatives at ACUHO-I (and former senior economics research analysts) reflects on his job search during the last economic recession offering wisdom, practical advice, and encouragement to current job seekers.


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  • Shifting Mindsets: Journey Through the Job Search Process

    As I navigated through the job search process, I witnessed many colleagues worried and concerned with questions like “What if I don’t get an interview?”, “How do I show them I’m qualified?”, “What if they don’t like me?”, and so on. Instead, I asked myself what the search was doing for me based on what I was looking for in an institution. While searching for a job, it is a worthy investment for you to understand what matters to you throughout this process.


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  • Three Assumptions that Student Affairs Professionals Should Never Make

    We have all heard the old adage about what assuming does to you and me. Yet, we continue to make assumptions, almost every day, about students, the campus we work at, our co-workers, and the community we live in. There are numerous assumptions that student affairs professionals and higher education administrators should never make.


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  • Job Searching to Thrive

    As professionals in a field that focuses all of our energy on students, it can be far too easy to forget about ourselves. It is crucial in this field to find spaces that re-energize you, that embrace your existence, and acknowledge the struggle.


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