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  • 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

  • It’s Fall 2020 and we are living through a global pandemic. We are witnessing and experiencing racial violence and police brutality. Our friends and colleagues have been laid off or furloughed.  We are worried about our own financial security. Our campuses have become labs for coronavirus experiments.  It’s a consequential and contentious election year. The job we applied for is not the job we are doing. We have pivoted in our roles more times than we can count.  We have had to take extraordinary new measures both personally and professionally.  We are being pulled emotionally and physically in many different directions. So, how do we continue to show up? How do we show up for our students, our colleagues, our supervisors, our teams? And, ever so important, how do we show up for ourselves?

    This town hall format around “working through Fall 2020” will be moderated by the TPE Committee. Our personal and professional lives have never intersected more and we cannot “leave our personal feelings” at the (virtual) door. We can be grateful to have a job while still acknowledging how hard this all is to endure.  The TPE Committee, led by Chair Brenda Ice and Chair-Elect Kirby R. Gibson, will provide brief thoughts around showing up for work during a time of national distress before opening the session up for questions or comments. This town hall is a place and space to connect with other student affairs professionals and to share your feelings and experiences around showing up in fall 2020.

    Presented by the 2020-2021 TPE Committee
    Chair: Brenda Ice - Assistant Dean, Director of Campus Life - Scripps College
    Chair-Elect: Kirby R. Gibson, Assistant Director of Residence Education, Michigan State University

  • Are my housing and residence life experience useful in different departments? Can I move from student conduct to student activities? What is the transition to a different department like? Join the Candidate Development Team to learn more about transitioning to a different department leveraging your current (and useful) skills! LAst year, 63% of TPE Onsite jobs were in Housing and Residence Life.  And, almost 40% were in other functional areas.  At TPE, you can apply for and interview for jobs in many different functional areas.  This session will feature a panel of student affairs professionals who will detail their experiences transitioning into and out of different departments so you can be more ready to interview for different types of positions. 

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  • It’s now May and you STILL haven’t heard anything. Don’t fret! Many candidates are in the same boat and are fixated on waiting by the phone (or computer) to hear a response. At least I was. The post-interview wait can be agonizing, especially if you feel like you did very well. Some of you may have heard back from employers, and that’s great! For those of you who still haven’t heard anything, we will discuss the reasons why that may be! View this previously recorded virtual session as a part of the NASPA Virtual Conference for Emerging Professionals from May 7th, 2020.

  • Forrest Gump’s mom said it best, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” During this difficult time during a global pandemic, this holds more true than ever before. How does one transition into their first professional position in a time of great change and uncertainty so thick that you could cut it with a knife? This session gives you some thoughts to ponder and some tips for helping aid you in that transition.