Volume 2, Issue 2
A note from Kent Sampson, Chair Commission on Administrative Leadership
In This Issue
Kent’s Quips pg. 1 Thoughts from the Outgoing Chair pg. 1 CAL Sponsored Programs pg. 2 Diamond Honoree pg. 2
nitially, let me apologize for the tardiness of this newsletter. It was to have been in your hands by early June. Well, the 2008 Atlanta Convention is now well back in our “rear view” mirror. I trust you found it both stimulating and informative. Some 3955 folks were in attendance. As elected directorate body members of the Commission on Administrative Leadership, our challenge is to move forward to best serve our colleagues. We have a number of venues through which this can be accomplished: newsletter, listserv, e-mail, websites, etc. My challenge is for each of us to be a “core producer” to help enable CAL to live up to its 9 “Guiding Principles.”
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Thoughts from the Outgoing Chair
Burning Issues pg. 3 Upcoming Elections pg. 5
Laura A. Bayless
2009 Convention Info pg. 5
t has been both a privilege and a pleasure to work with you over the past 10 years on the good work of the Commission for Administrative Leadership (CAL). I have enjoyed exploring burning issues, seriously considering the work and direction of ACPA, and tackling the challenge of student affairs’ contribution to institutional accreditation. I found our discussion of the Commission’s guiding principles to be stimulating and right on target. And I have learned from and enjoyed my contact with CAL members each and every year. The new CAL leadership team has excellent ideas and energy, and a wonderful slate of Directorate Body members with which to collaborate. I look forward to assisting in any way I can.
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The Commission for Administrative Leadership (CAL), ACPA’s “Umbrella Commission” studies management concerns and emerging issues facing student affairs administrators within the membership of our entire association.
2008 CAL Sponsored Programs
The Commission was pleased to sponsor 5 educational programs at the 2008 convention in Atlanta. Educational programming continues to be a way to tell our stories, train each other in our areas of expertise, and learn new skills. A big thank you to everyone who submitted a program for review as well as to our 13 great CAL program reviewers. Here’s a quick review: The Role of Mentoring in Retention of Student Affairs Professionals: This program covered mentoring techniques that help retain student affairs professionals and examined what mentorship from all angels. Presenters: Greg Iaccarino (UW-Madison), Heather Nagelkerk (Albion College), Katy Witmer (Seattle University) Building Confidence at the Top: Learning as a New SSAO: This panel presentation explored the first-year of the Senior Student Affairs Officer and included discussions of common challenges; development of vital university relationships; the challenges of inheriting a staff; and the creation of a vision. Presenters: Heath P Boice-Pardee (RIT), Jeanne Steffes (Syracuse University) Geneva Walker-Johnson (Old Dominion University ) Innovative Approach to Organizational Thinking: Creative Questioning for Departmental Evolution: George Washington University’s Housing Programs shared how they transformed the department in a 12-month time frame including transitioning mission, staff, operations, and internal and external perceptions. The outcome was a residential curriculum that won the ACPA Outstanding Innovation Award for 2007. Presenters: Corbin M Campbell (University of Maryland),James Kohl, UMassachusetts, Lowell), Lyndsey Walther-Thomas, (GWU) and Devin Cogswell Decentralized Budgeting: What does it mean for Student Affairs? This session explored higher education’s movement toward decentralized budgeting and accountablility (Responsibility Centered Management) and it’s impact on our profession. Presenters: Mark A Kretovics (Kent State University) A Cohort-Based Model for Women’s Leadership Development (Co-Sponsor: Standing Committee for Women): This presentation discussed the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in American higher education. Lessons from a women’s leadership group were discussed as well as the value of a cohort-based model for women’s leadership development. Presenters: Lee H. Calizo (UMBC),Patty Perillo (Davidson College)
A couple of year’s ago, CAL made it a strategic priority to nominate a Diamond Honoree every year. The Diamond Honoree Program, through the ACPA Foundation, recognizes the work of practioners and scholars who have made significant contributions to the field of student affairs. With our strategic priority comes a new challenge from the current and outgoing CAL chairs. Help CAL become a first! We have been challenged, in our nomination of this year’s Diamond Honoree, to be the first commission to have its entire Directorate make a contribution to the ACPA Foundation to honor CAL’s 2008-09 Diamond Honoree, Steve Sutton. Give whatever you can and show the association the power of administrator’s from all across student affairs supporting a great cause and association! You may donate by going to: http://www.my-elf.org/ Be sure to note that your gift is for the nomination of Steve Sutton as Diamond Honoree.
Help CAL Make History!
CAL Launches ‘Burning Issues’ Forum
t the 2008 Convention in Atlanta, CAL launched a more expansive forum and discussion of burning issues. Directorate members were asked to read an article that examined issues around student mental health issues. In particular the article is titled The highly self-destructive college student: Some clinical, ethical, and disciplinary considerations (Amada, 2004). CAL spent 2 afternoon time slots discussing and debating how we should (or should not) shift responses, penalties, and interventions with student mental health concerns such as attempted suicide, acting out, and potentially violent behavior. Many members had stories and concerns that were discussed about whose role and ultimate responsibility it is to ensure the safety and early alert process that could be triggered by these types of students and the balance between community safety and individual student support and accountability. The group also focused on created a list of potential burning issues that could be the starting point for fall 2009. A topic will be chosen by the Burning Issues subcommittee and CAL members, along with other commissions, will be invited to participate in a book club, online discussions, and other activities to assist student affairs professionals in exploring current issues impacting the field. Suggested topics included: Sustainability Emergency management and response/threat Assessment Student Assessment Committees/Threat Detection Diversity issues around intergenerational issues and perceptions? Managing and dealing with controversial and/or hate groups visiting campus Financial planning issues for students/staff Survival strategies for staff Mid-level training on organizational management, financial management – how do we transition professionals from point A to point B in their career? Competency needs as professionals move up Online social networking tools (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, etc.) Revisiting/analyzing Boyer’s future of higher education/campus community 20 years later (survey of college Presidents and Vice-Presidents) Assessment and Accountability Counseling and accommodations for GIs of the Iraq war Immigration Policies/law changes If you would like to suggest a topic or participate in the Burning Issues Book Club and activities, please contact Heather Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org CAL looks forward to continue to provide this important and exciting professional development opportunity for all who are interested.
... to make sure your membership profiles have the Comission for Administrative Leadership listed as a committee option (under Membership, Committees). Additionally, please keep your email address current for the ListServ--you can do this by logging into the Membership page and going to ‘Manage your Email Subscriptions’ under MyRecord.
Our three Vice Chairs (Melinda Farmer, Skip Begley, and Tim Gordon), have committed to regular communication with their committees and chairs. We gathered in December for a mid-year planning session in anticipation of the 2009 Convention to be held in Washington, D.C. (March 28-April 1, 2009). The ACPA Summer Leadership meeting took place in July at Davidson College in North Carolina. A number of issues were addressed both by the Assembly as well as the Commission Chairs – future issues will share this information. Online elections for the new Directorate Body will be held December 18-31st. The membership also has the opportunity to select a Chair-Elect to serve by my side. Please remember to cast your vote by the 31st of December. Clearly, there is a place and need for each of us to contribute. The topics and options are many and varied. If you are unsure of your role or seek a new one, please contact your Vice Chair or myself. (email@example.com).
Outgoing Chair Comments (cont’d.)
In the spirit of CAL’s emphasis on burning issues, here is a summary of some thoughts from Dr. Greg Roberts, Executive Director of ACPA. These observations are taken from notes I made when Greg participated in the Commission Chairs’ meeting on Wednesday of the Atlanta convention. Greg charges each Commission to explore and provide guidance about the following: o What are best practices in our areas? o How can we inform and engage practitioners and researchers to explore best practices in our areas and promote effectiveness? o How do we present our individual message to the ACPA membership? The following are areas of importance to the US Congress in light of higher education: o Accountability o Affordability o Access o Accreditation o Immigration o International Study o ACPA would expand “International Study” to mean not only facilitating our students “going away” but also getting student affairs professionals abroad The following is a burning issue for campuses of all kinds to consider: o How will veterans be served by and affect our campuses? In this era of shrinking funding, it is important to know that many of ACPA’s corporate partners are interested in providing research grants. Commissions should work through the ACPA International Office to strategize about how to access this money. The Commission for Administrative Leadership has important work to do. I have been consistently impressed with CAL’s intentionality to reflect on campus-level and national/international considerations in our work. I look forward to observing and participating in CAL’s future. All good things, Laura A. Bayless, PhD
Congratulations to the three Vice-Chair mentees appointed at the December CAL Leadership meeting!
The Commission for Administrative Leadership invites you to serve as your leadership team. This commission is comprised of professionals from a wide variety of student service areas within higher education. We continue to strive for diverse representation reflecting these areas on the board as well. Please assist us with this by examining the information provided. ELECTION PROCESS: December 18, 2008 – December 31, 2008 The Commission’s Election Process opens Thursday, December 18, 2008 and will close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Winners will be notified via e-mail so that they may register in time for the early bird registration deadline for the national conference. We are conducting two elections at the same time: Commission Chair-Elect (by e-mail) and Commission Directorate Body (by on-line voting). Voting Eligibility: To receive updated information and to cast your votes, you will need to maintain a current ACPA Membership, indicate this commission as a committee, and be signed up to this listserv. If you are unsure about your status and/or committee profile, contact the ACPA National Office at 1-202-835-2272, or log onto www.myacpa.com and select “Membership”. Candidate Information: There are eight (8) candidates for the six (6) Directorate Body Member positions and one Commission ChairElect running unopposed. To learn more about the candidate’s professional experiences and interests in serving the commission, visit the CAL Elections webpage (http://www.myacpa.org/comm/adminlead/elections.cfm) starting December 18th. To access candidate information and the Directorate Body Ballot, you will need your: ACPA Username (Member Number) ACPA Password (Last Name) Commission Chair-Elect Candidate: Melinda Farmer, Vice President for American Campus Communities. Directorate Body Class of 2012 Candidates: Listed Below Jennifer Booz, Mercy College Ashleigh Heck, Michigan State University Nicole Lepone, University of Cincinnati Laura Pantano, Texas A&M – Kingsville Robert Dotson, Texas A&M – Commerce Angela Jackson, Longwood University Denise Ottinger, Washburn University Evelyn (Scoobie) Woods – Oklahoma State
Commission Chair-Elect Position: You may submit up to one (1) vote by e-mailing your choice to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directorate Body Members: You may vote for up to six (6) candidates for the six vacancies by following the email link sent to you by ACPA at the start of the election period or by logging into the Members Only Page of the ACPA website and clicking “Elections.” If you have technical difficulties, contact RJ Holmes at email@example.com. Until then, feel free to contact me at (1-918-6315059) or firstname.lastname@example.org.” Best Regards, LeeAnna Lamb, ACPA Commission for Administrative Leadership, Elections Coordinator Director, Allen Chapman Activity Center & Coordinator of Summer Conference Services The University of Tulsa
For 85 years, the ACPA Convention has served as the primary means for association members’ professional and personal learning and growth. Each spring, we pause to advance our skills, share resources, explore new ideas, and reconnect with colleagues. Our minds are opened to new possibilities, encouraging us to imagine a future in which we are more effective educators, advocates, scholars, and practitioners - better able to serve each other, our institutions, and our students.
The Early Bird Registration deadline for the 2009 ACPA Convention in Metro DC is January 21, 2009. Please remember to mark your calendars and submit your registration before then!
We invite you to be a part of the 2009 Metro DC Convention, where you will be encouraged to explore and tap into your own and our collective: Power to Imagine: - inspires us, sparks our creativity, renews our spirit, and refocuses our commitment to our profession.
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The Power to Imagine Courage to Act starts now! Join us at the 2009 Convention in Metro DC to explore the infinite possibilities.