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  • This virtual roundtable addresses how we are/should be supporting grad students during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Our four co-panelists are grad prep faculty members who will share how they are supporting their students during COVID-19; how they are guiding them in their job search during less than ideal economic conditions/hiring freezes; how professionals can support grad student staff within their departments; and how current events will impact how their programs prepare students for student affairs/housing work in the future.

  • Join Kevin Stensberg, Manager of Graduate Services at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) to learn his story of finding international employment. Hisr 15-minute personal story about how he went from working in the US to working in Saudi Arabia will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes to take a break, learn, and connect with others.

  • Even in pre-COVID times, student affairs professionals (like other industries) were changing jobs more often than ever before. Gone are the days of moving up within one department for the majority of your career. More professionals are changing jobs - often in lateral moves - to take on new roles that better meet their personal and professional needs and goals. Yet, in an increasingly competitive job market (with decreasing availability of positions), many Student Affairs professionals are unsure how to change roles within the field.

    Listen to our featured story tell discuss how he learned the importance of following his passion, advocating his interests, and most importantly having confidence in his abilities to succeed.  His 15-minute personal story will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes. Take a break, listen, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Christian Rafael - Assistant Director of Staff Development, Engagement, and On-boarding in Housing and Residence Life at George Mason University

    Target Audience: Early and Mid-Level Candidates/Job Changers

  • Given the current difficult multiple realities of Fall 2020, managing from the middle is harder than ever before. Often pulled between advocating for your team, but also having to implement other leadership decisions, mid-managers have to switch back and forth between different ends of experience and power dynamics, while trying to simultaneously please two differing perspectives.  Being a middle manager is hard during a “precedented” year, but add in a global pandemic that resulted in smaller staffs, new and changing roles, and constant uncertainty, it’s really hard. It’s very difficult to stay self-motivated, yet alone manage an (unmotivated) team. And, it’s only September. Given resources - both financial and human - are on short supply, how do managers motivate staff members and leverage the capacity of their team?

    This 15-minute personal story about motivating teams will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes to take a break, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Christie Anglade, Director for Housing and Residential Education, Emerson College

  • The COVID-19 pandemic hit higher education hard, and student affairs hiring came to almost a complete stop. More student affairs professionals, and in particular Spring 2020 masters graduates, are either unemployed or employed in fields outside of higher education.  Hear the story of a student affairs professional who encountered difficulty in the job search process and how she ultimately landed a job outside of the Student Affairs profession.  Learn how she found it, and also how she stays connected to the field.  Her 15-minute personal story about her job search will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes to take a break, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Nikiah Campbell, Senior College Persistence Advisor, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

  • COVID-19 has completely altered job availability and job functionality within student affairs. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports over 300,000 fewer jobs within higher education as the result of the pandemic.  We are tired of using the words “pivot” and “unprecedented” to talk about our work.  As a collective profession of student affairs practitioners, we may work within one functional area, but many of us, especially at the mid-level, rely on our generalist practices to succeed. This TPE Story Short will feature a personal narrative looking at the silver lining of COVID, and how we must rely on our generalist experiences, skills, and approaches to both persevere and ensure job preservation. This 15-minute personal story will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes. Take a break, listen, learn, and connect with others.

    Featured Story Teller: Dr. LaFarin Meriwether, Associate Director for Residence Life at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Target Audience: Mid-Level / Any