2021-2022 Professional Development


2021-2022 Student Affairs Professional Development: Personal and Ethical Foundations

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 Personal and Ethical Foundations. 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 Personal and Ethical Foundations 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 Personal and Ethical Competency

The Personal and Ethical Foundations competency area involves the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop and maintain integrity in one’s life and work; this includes thoughtful development, critique, and adherence to a holistic and comprehensive standard of ethics and commitment to one’s own wellness and growth. Personal and ethical foundations are aligned because integrity has an internal locus informed by a combination of external ethical guidelines, an internal voice of care, and our own lived experiences. Our personal and ethical foundations grow through a process of curiosity, reflection, and self-authorship (ACPA & NASPA, 2015).