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Tiffany LeDonne’s Professional Development Plan/ Knowledge Areas

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Alumnae/ Development & University Advancement
I want gain more knowledge in this area because it has become of recent interest as a functional are of student affairs that I
would enjoy working in. Alumni play a crucial role in the advancement of the institution and I would love to learn about the
different ways these offices connect with alumni. I would also like to learn more about the role student alumni associations’
play in sustaining relationships with alumni through campus programs and events.
Summer/Fall 2015
 Become an Alumni Admissions Ambassador form my Alma Mater Oakland University
Spring 2016
 Volunteer at alumni receptions and events for my given institutions
 Join a regional alumni chapter of Oakland University
 Read CASE publications or articles by subscribing to their CURRENTS magazine
 Invite alumni to serve on committees within my office to help form positive relationships
 Attend a CASE conference to learn more about this functional area

First-Year Students and Students in Transition
From my coursework I have knowledge of Schlossberg’s transition theory and I have utilized this knowledge in my work with
first year students enrolled in Falcon Forward, an online orientation and student success course. Students in transition
especially as it relates to first years students interests me and through my practicum I have been able to explore this functional
area. I would love to have experience working with first-year students or with students going through orientation. I have
started to expand my knowledge in this area by reading articles and books on topics about first-year students and students in
transition however; I would love to continue expanding my knowledge in this area.
Summer 2015
 Subscribe to the FYE listserv
Fall 2015
 Volunteer at fist-year orientation
Spring 2016
 Read College Students in Transition: An Annotated Bibliography by Stephanie M. Foote, Sara E. Hinkle , Jannine
Kranzow, Matthew D Pistillli, La’Tonya Rease Miles, & Janelle G. Simmons
 Teach a first year student success course
 Shadow professionals working in the first year advising center/office
 Volunteer at transfer student orientation or international student orientation
 Read The First-Year Experience in American Higher Education: An ABibliography (4th edition) by Andrew K. Koch

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Counseling Techniques
I am interested in developing further in this knowledge area because these skills will compliment the advising skills I
currently have. I became interested in this topic after taking Career and Life Planning, a master’s level counseling course.
The skills I learned in that course have been beneficial when working with students who are about to graduate. I feel that
more knowledge in the counseling area will benefit me as a practitioner working with all students.

Year 1


Attend any staff trainings offered by my institutions counseling center
Familiarize myself with the counseling services offered by my institution so I can refer students

Year 2


Take a masters level techniques in counseling course
Collaborate with counseling professional staff on programming initiatives

Year 3


Take a masters level crisis counseling course
Read Counseling Strategies and Interventions by Sherry Cormier and Harold L. Hackney

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Staff Supervision
While I feel very comfortable and confident advising students I have limited experience supervising students and staff. As I
move into my first professional role I anticipate having supervisory responsibilities whether that is for undergraduate students,
graduate interns, and in the future full-time professional staff. I wish to grow and develop in this area because of my limited
experience. I want to be able to support those I supervise personally and professionally and understand the needs of the different
groups of individuals I may supervise. I hope to develop my own unique supervisory philosophy and style so that I can help
those I supervise learn and develop in their roles.

Year 1

Fall 2015
 Attend conference sessions related to supervision and mentorship at ACPA, NASPA or a regional conference
Spring 2016
 Utilize Appreciative Inquiry and Emotional Intelligence in developing my supervisory style by reading articles and
attending trainings on how I can incorporate these models into my supervisory style

Year 2


Attend training or conferences sessions on supervision and mentorship at ACPA or NASPA
Read Marsh, S. R. (2001). Using Adult Development Theory To Inform Staff Supervision in Student Affairs. College
Student Affairs Journal, 21(1), 45-56

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Read Supervising New Professionals in Student Affairs: A Guide for Practitioners by S. M. Janosik.
Seek mentorship from a professional whose supervisory style I wish to emulate

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Personal Foundations
In order for me to be the best professional I can be I need to continue investing in myself and my personal goals. It is through
my experience with transitioning to the CSP program that I realized I cope best with transitions and change when I am taking
care of my health. As I prepare to transition into my first professional role I will be intentional about focusing my time and
energy investing in my health, my relationships and my happiness.

Year 1

Summer 2015
 Take Yoga or Pure Barre classes
Fall 2015
 Start attending church regularly again and become involved with a bible study/fellowship group with my college friends
Spring/Summer 2016
 Plan my wedding and get married on 10-22-16

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Train for and run in the Disney Princess half marathon
Volunteer my time as a Leader or Co-Leader for a Girl Scout troop
Get a group exercise certification to teach fitness classes
Take another trip to Europe with my husband

Law Policy and Governance
I have had limited exposure to this competency area but I realize there is great value in understanding how policy is
developed and how state laws, university policies and governing structures impact the work of all student affairs
professionals. Working in fraternity and sorority life for the past two years I have become familiar with the policies and
governing structures of national fraternal organizations and the umbrella organizations that these groups are affiliated with.
While I am familiar with several of the policies and laws relating to fraternity and sorority life I need to further educate
myself on local, state, and national policies and how those impact higher education.

Year 1

Summer 2015
 Stay current on Michigan laws and structures pertaining to higher education by reading articles pertaining to this area
Fall 2015
 Examine the student code of conduct at my next institution to familiarize myself with the policies and procedures
Spring 2016
 Stay current on national trends and laws in higher education by spending time weekly to read the Chronicle

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Attend an open board of trustees meeting to learn more about what is happening and decisions being made on campus
Educate myself on the differences and implications between private and public institutions in the state of Michigan as it
applies to the funding models and governing structures

Year 3


Take a higher education law course
Attend NASPA/ACPA conference sessions and webinars on Title IV, the Clery Act, FERPA, and other legislation that
impacts higher education institutions
Sit on a committee within my department that is responsible for developing policy

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Leadership
I wish to further develop in the competency are of leadership. This is an area I feel will benefit my work as a practitioner as well
as benefit me personally. As I enter my first professional position I hope to continue working with and developing student
leaders. I hope to lead by example through investing in my own leadership and learning about leadership theories and practices
to serve as a resource to students and co-workers. I plan to develop in this area through seeking facilitation experience,
leadership trainings and taking on leadership roles.
Summer 2015
 Read the Defining Decade by Meg Jay
 Read Starts with Why by Simon Sinek
Fall 2015
 Maintain ACPA membership and join MCPA
 Read Daring Greatly By Brene Brown
Summer 2016
 Facilitate at UIFI
 Read The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
 Facilitate at LeaderShape
 Seek out a mentor to meet with regularly to discuss opportunities for growth
 Become certified to facilitate MBTI, StregnthsQuest, or True Colors inventories

Join a committee in MCPA
Join a committee at the institution I am working at

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
During my time at BGSU I learned so much in this competency area. I have gained experience facilitating workshops and
working to help students understand privilege and difference. I would like to continue develop and learning within this
competency area as I feel it is relevant and crucial in any professional role. I want to become more comfortable navigating
difficult dialogues surrounding diversity and inclusion. I also want to work to make the environments in which I am working
more inclusive, being able to recognize inequalities and advocate for inclusion and change. I hope to impact students teaching
and supporting them to be allys and social justice advocates.

Year 1

Summer/ Fall 2015
 Participate in SafeZone or ally trainings at the institution I am working at
Spring 2016
 Seek out opportunities to facilitate the “inclusive organizations” workshop I created for student organizations

Year 2



Attend conference sessions about equity diversity & inclusion at ACPA or NASPA
Read Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahrazarin Banaji and Anthony (2013) Greenwald
Attend a local conference on multicultural issues in student affairs.

Year 3


Read “Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Attend a Social Justice training institute