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Student Affairs Professional Preparation Book Cover

Student Affairs Professional Preparation: A Scholar-Practitioner Guide to Contemporary Topics

Supporting the Profession Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Black Diaspora New Professionals and Graduate Students Professional Standards Division Small Colleges and Universities Division Technology Wellness and Health Promotion Faculty Graduate New Professional
January 30, 2024 Jackie Clark Jeannette Smith

Student Affairs Professional Preparation: A Scholar-Practitioner Guide to Contemporary Topics examines critical issues pertinent to today’s work of serving college students and the professionals who support them. In this comprehensive volume, distinguished scholars and practitioners offer unique insights into a diverse range of topics facing higher education and student affairs (HESA). Some chapters address HESA matters that have been central to professional preparation for decades; others concern aspects that are emerging and evolving in unprecedented ways. Each chapter is written by a team consisting of at least one practitioner and at least one faculty member. This intentional partnership allows for a rich conversation that addresses both professionals in practice and students and faculty in preparation programs. The content can be directly used in practice or to generate critical, lively conversations in the classroom. The authors have also included excellent resources for further reading and classroom activity. Student Affairs Professional Preparation is ideal as both a primer on contemporary topics and a tool for practitioners and students.

Paperback | 2024 | 430 pages

ISBN: 978-1-948213-42-4

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables


Part I: Contemporary Responses to Areas in the Traditional Curriculum

Chapter 1
Teaching a More Complete History of Student Affairs: Cultivating Curiosity Through Hidden Narratives
Amber Manning-Ouellette and Janice J. Gerda

Chapter 2
Counseling Practices for Today’s Higher Education Professionals: Responding to Student Needs
Rebekah Schulze and Maureen Kenny

Chapter 3
Grounding Concepts, Thematic Mind Maps, and Personal Theories of Action: A New Framework for Using and Teaching Student Learning and Development
Maximilian T. Schuster and TaMisha L. Greathouse

Chapter 4
Student Characteristics and the Effects of Higher Education on Students
Brenda L. McKenzie and Anna K. Thomas

Chapter 5
Leading for Change: Organization and Administration in Higher Education
Tiffany J. Cresswell-Yeager and Patrick Tanner

Chapter 6
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research: Developing Data-Informed, Equity-Centered, and Ethical Professionals
Dena R. Kniess and Kristin Walker-Donnelly

Chapter 7
Supervised Practice
Katherine M. Bender and Kendel M. E. Jester

Part II: Institution-Type Considerations

Chapter 8
Navigating the Ecology of a Small College
Jackie Clark and Jeannette Smith

Chapter 9
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Where History and Diversity Foreground the Student Experience
Ronnie Mack and Dallin George Young

Chapter 10
Tribal Colleges and Universities: “Where Native Students Can Simply Be”
Karen Francis-Begay and Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox

Chapter 11
Beyond the 85%: Preparing Student Affairs Practitioners in Support of Graduate and Professional Students
Radomir Ray Mitic and Yi Hao

Chapter 12
The Forgotten Sector: Community and Technical Colleges
Lara McQue, Diane Cardenas Elliott, and Sally Hyatt

Part III: Emerging and Growing Areas Outside the Traditional Curriculum

Chapter 13
Crisis and Emergency Management
Tryan L. McMickens and Rachael Kipp

Chapter 14
Supporting Graduate Students and New Professionals During Student Protests on Campus
Pamela Peter and Dawn Johnson

Chapter 15
Surviving in the Jungle: Institutional Politics and Student Affairs
Ryan W. Erck and Rishi Sriram

Chapter 16
Well-Being and Career Sustainability in Student Affairs
Jason Lynch and Leah Ward

Chapter 17
Teaching and Developing Intentional Student Affairs Practice
Paige Haber-Curran and Cynthia L. Hernandez

Chapter 18
Technology in Student Affairs Practice
Erica Eckert and Amanda R. Fronek

Chapter 19
Transitioning Undergraduates Into a Student Affairs Career
Brenda L. McKenzie, Susan V. Iverson, Darren E. Pierre, and Kelly King

Chapter 20
Student Affairs Educator Certification: Supporting Professionals and Advancing the Field
Joseph DeSanto Jones and Quincy Martin III

Editors and Contributors



Praise for Student Affairs Professional Preparation: A Scholar-Practitioner Guide to Contemporary Topics

“A well-executed and comprehensive overview of professional preparation in higher education and student affairs, highlighting emerging areas and new approaches to practice. The inclusion of a focus on diverse higher education institutions, including historically Black colleges and universities and tribal colleges and universities among others, provides the opportunity for contextualizing HESA programs in the modern higher education landscape.” —Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University

“In a landscape of changing institutional funding models, we can no longer rely on assistantships as the key to praxis. As such, what we do in the formal curriculum and through intentional pedagogy has even more significance. This text provides valuable guidance from faculty and scholar-practitioners and tools to help us reconsider what should be ‘traditional’ in HESA preparation programs.” —Jeni Hart, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies; Professor of Higher Education; University of Missouri

“This pioneering text provides timely recommendations and ideas on how to be more inclusive and advance the scholarship on student development and engagement to connect theory to practice. The collaborative approach of bringing together faculty scholars and student affairs practitioners provides an excellent lens to address the challenges and opportunities facing higher education and student affairs.” —Kevin Banks, Vice President for Student Affairs, Morgan State University

“Jackie Clark, Jeannette Smith, and their colleagues provide a timely examination of the current and emerging issues in graduate education for student affairs. The authors thoughtfully examine the implications of the changing nature of higher education, student affairs, and students to identify new topics and approaches to consider and address in professional preparation.” —John Wesley Lowery, Department Chair, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“‘Cultivating curiosity’ is a phrase used in the first chapter. As you read on, the book offers a tremendous breadth of insight and resources, introducing a variety of critical topics, feeding curiosity, and planting the seeds for further exploration.” —Jim Hoppe, Vice President and Dean for Campus Life, Emerson College

“The wisdom and guidance offered in this publication will enhance and enrich the awareness of scholars and practitioners as they endeavor to promote the knowledge and professional development of graduate students and staff. The contemporary focus of the contributors makes this book especially vital for those charged with navigating campuses through shifting societal and campus dynamics.” —Larry Roper, Emeritus Professor of Language, Culture, and Society, Oregon State University

“This text provides crucial insights for praxis within the realm of student affairs, catering to practitioners, faculty, and administrators alike. The rich diversity of contributors ensures that the content remains invaluable, transcending readers’ specific institutional contexts.” —Jason K. Wallace, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership, Mississippi State University