2020-2021 Student Affairs Professional Development Series: A discussion surrounding Leadership
Background and Learning Outcomes
Student Affairs professionals look to our NASPA/ACPA Professional Competencies as a tool to develop and assess knowledge, skills, and dispositions important in our work towards student learning, development, and ultimate success. Professional staff throughout all functional areas focus on professional competencies identified by the institution and the division. Leadership plays an important role in setting the conditions in which competency development can take place at the individual, program, and functional level. At the division level, a professional development team made up of professional staff across the division come together to plan and develop programming to supplement these efforts. This year’s professional development focus will be on the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency entitled Leadership. Through a series of rich and meaningful programming events, participants will strive to reach a foundational level of understanding in the selected competency. Meeting the requirments for the programs include attendance and effective learning through an end of program questionnaire. This will result in the participant receiving a certificate of completion and an MSU Student Affairs bronze colored competency pin as they will have achieved a foundational level of knowledge and skills.
So what should I expect for this year’s programming?
We hope to gain knowledge and skills related to the Leadership Competency. Every month, we will plan a program trageting the learning outcomes. A facilitated discussion by our own professional development team members will reinforce the ideas and concepts brought up during the programs.
Tell me more about the Leadership Competency
The Leadership competency area addresses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of a leader, with or without positional authority. Leadership involves both the individual role of a leader and the leadership process of individuals working together to envision, plan, and affect change in organizations and respond to broadbased constituencies and issues. This can include working with students, student affairs colleagues, faculty, and community members. This section is organized by the leadership learning concepts of Education, construct knowledge and articulation; Training, skill identification and enhancement; Development, personal reflection and growth; and Engagement, active participation and application. (ACPA & NASPA, 2015).