New Professionals and Graduate Students

Supporting the Profession New Professionals and Graduate Students New Professional

The New Professionals and Graduate Students (NPGS) Knowledge Community (KC) is your gateway into this 15,000+ member association! Our knowledge community strives to provide support from graduate students (master's and doctoral) and new professionals (< 5 years of full-time experience). Explore ways to engage with us year-round. 

Message from the Co-Chairs

"Welcome to your professional home! Our goal for our term is to help you #MakeYourMark using your NASPA membership. Since new professionals and graduate students make up over 40% of the association, we have a wide variety of experiences, functional areas, and professional aspirations to serve! Help us serve you by joining the KC and attending an upcoming event."


We are excited to help you learn more about who we are, our focal areas and future plans.


The mission of the New Professionals and Graduate Students (NPGS) Knowledge Community (KC) is to educate and disseminate information related to graduate students and new professionals in higher education and student affairs.

Additionally, the NPGS KC is committed to creating opportunities for NASPA members to network, find community, create dialogue, further their involvement within the organization, and engage in professional development.

Strategic Plan

The NASPA New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community (NPGS KC) strives to educate, disseminate relevant information and expand our involvement in NASPA. The question becomes how can we create opportunities for you to #MakeYourMark on our NPGS community? How can you connect and add your unique input? What products or services could the NPGS KC improve or provide for our diverse membership?

These questions guided the development of our vision to #MakeYourMark. Our goals and objectives to help you #MakeYourMark for 2018-2020 include:

#MakeYourMark on Professional Associations: NPGS KC will generate several opportunities for members to further their involvement in the KC and NASPA, allowing them to build upon the Leadership professional competency.

We will:

  • Work with the national team members to set out goals for them to make a mark on the KC
  • Collaborate with NASPA and TPE (The Placement Exchange) staff members to address the vision that they have set out for the professional association
  • Establish opportunities to prepare members for conference presentations and networking opportunities
  • Assist NPGS KC regional representatives in their processes to establish/strengthen Regional Leadership Teams by:
    • Providing an outline of tips to work effectively in their KC
    • Meeting with regional representatives quarterly to address any questions
  • Form a research study to understand what new professionals and graduate students need from professional associations versus what they actually receive

#MakeYourMark on Scholarship and Research: NPGS KC will make an intentional effort to encourage its membership to consider their positions as scholars in the field, a trademark of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Research professional competency.

We will:

  • Research the possibility of creating a venue for NPGS White Papers, featuring research and personal narratives from new professionals and graduate students
  • Look into finding funds for a Research Grant that will support the research and scholarship of our memberships
  • Work with the faculty council to establish involvement from the Graduate Student Representative in an effort to recruit doctoral students to the KC
  • Offer chances for members to learn about furthering their education (e.g., terminal degrees, certifications, MOOCs, etc.)
  • Facilitate opportunities for members to support one another during their graduate school/new professional experience

#MakeYourMark on Equitable and Inclusive Practices: NPGS KC will encourage opportunities for the membership to think about the Social Justice and Inclusion professional competency.

We will:

  • Generate opportunities through in-person and online platforms for individuals to share research/practices that are on the cutting edge on promoting social justice issues on their own campus.
  • Expand upon identity-based roundtables and/or webinars that inspires our membership to consider their own social identities and how they impact their participation in the field
  • Create intentional efforts to recruit graduate students and new professionals from marginalized backgrounds (e.g., professionals of color, those who identify as gender or sexual orientation minorities, professionals with disabilities, etc.), especially from the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)

#MakeYourMark on the Field: NPGS KC will produce different programs and initiatives to help members plan for their future in the field, allowing them to reflect upon the Personal and Ethical Foundations professional competency.

We will:

  • Address topics such as moving up in the field, personal wellness, and more in the NPGS Pre-Conference and regional conferences
  • Foster mentorship opportunities between new professionals, master’s students, and doctoral students both in and outside of conferences
  • Produce chances for individuals to engage via social media about current issues that are occurring in higher education

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We are excited you are interested in joining the knowledge community!

We've organized the opportunities for involvement with the NPGS KC from becoming a member through various rewarding leadership opportunities. Explore these involveemnt opportunities below. 


Just because you are a member of NASPA does not mean you are getting updates from the New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community. You have to become a member of the Knowledge Community to receive announcements, opportunities, and information related to our community. Follow the instructions below to join. Also, know that NASPA members are welcome to join as many KCs as they’d like. The more you join, the more you will get out of your membership.

To join, simply follow these steps.

  • Step 1   Visit the NASPA website at and log in by entering your Username and Password.
  • Step 2   Click on “Update Profile"
  • Step 3   Click on the “Edit Information”
  • Step 4   Scroll Down to the Knowledge Community Section.
  • Step 5   Highlight all KCs you want to join including the "New Professionals and Graduate Students" and click “Save”.

Visit the NASPA website at and log in by entering your Username and Password.Step 2Click on “Update Profile"Step 3Click on the “Edit Information”Step 4Scroll Down to the Knowledge Community Section.Step 5Highlight all KCs you want to join including the "New Professionals and Graduate Students" and click “Save”.

That’s all there is to it. Also, consider joining us on social media.


Aside from being member, joining a committee with the Knowledge Community is a step for deepening your involvement with NASPA. Each committee varies in its focus, but all work is done to #MakeYourMark on our constituents. When expressing interest in a committee, a few things to consider are:

  1. What are the time commitments and when are the busy periods? Committees have different “busy periods” and amount of time they require to fulfill the duties of the position.
  2. Do you want a year-round or short-term commitment? Some committees are year-round commitments while others are project based. Which type of commitment are you looking for?
  3. What skills or experience do you want to contribute or develop in? Do not only consider doing work you are already familiar with or have done. Consider the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competences to contemplate skills you would like to intentionally develop in while serving to the KC.

We are committed to posting all involvement opportunities via NASPA Volunteer Central. This ensures transparency and equal access to opportunities available to members. Completing this form merely connects you to discuss posted or forthcoming committee opportunities with a Leadership Team member.


To be considered for a Leadership Team and/or Regional Representative position, you must be a NASPA New Professionals and Graduate Students KC member and be willing to devote time towards the betterment of the KC.

These positions are developed and selected by newly-elected KC Chair(s). Sometimes position offerings changes from term to term.


The Knowledge Community Chair position provides leadership for the community. These positons are available on a two-year rotating basis. We encourage all involved NASPA members to consider applying for this amazing opportunity available for you to get actively involved with the NPGS KC.

The chair(s) serve the KC by: (1) developing, recruiting and selecting a Leadership Team, (2) developing platform for the KC, and (3) engaging in communication between KC members, leadership, and NASPA Headquarters.

Knowledge Community Chair/Co-Chair candidates should:

  • Be committed to the KC vision, mission, and goals
  • Be able to make a 2-year commitment to KC leadership
  • Be able to attend NASPA Annual Conferences and KC leadership events and phone calls
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills

In order to run for the chair position, be on the lookout for the Nomination Process held in even number years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc.). Nominations are by members of the KC or we encourage self-nominations as well. 

Awards & Grants



 *Please note that these are listed with the grants' previous descriptions. For the most up-to-date information (e.g., deadlines and requirements), please visit the specific pages hyperlinked below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NASPA-Wide Awards

NASPA Innovation Grants Program

Innovation: Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.

How often have you had a new and creative idea for your campus, but the funds are not there? NASPA, in partnership with the NASPA Foundation, is excited to announce the Innovation Grants Program for just this reason. Conferred twice a year and to be used immediately, the Innovation Grants provide awards to support innovation, exploration, and development for NASPA members, regardless of campus membership affiliation. With three levels of grants of application round, ranging from up to $1,000, $1,000 - $3,000, and $3,000 - $5,000, these funds are intended to provide the scaffolding for NASPA members to implement innovative ideas that lead to student learning and success.

NASPA strives to be a champion and role model of innovation for higher education and student affairs associations. As such, this program is informed by NASPA's Strategic Plan, as well as our four guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. All submissions, regardless of funding level, should relate to the NASPA Strategic Plan. The 2019-2024 Strategic Plan will be released in March, but rhe 2015-2018 objectives still are relevant:

  • 1.2 Implement and expand the integration of student affairs professional competencies.
  • 1.3 Expand and strengthen capacities related to equity, inclusion, and intercultural competencies.
  • 1.6 Identify collaborative partnerships with higher education and other organizations to broaden knowledge and the student affairs profession.
  • 2.2 Provide leadership in advancing and aligning theory, research, and practice within the student affairs profession.
  • 2.3 Increase the capacity of student affairs professionals to generate knowledge regarding equity, access, and inclusion.
  • 2.4 Provide tools and platforms for continuous improvement opportunities to assess, evaluate, and research the effectiveness of practice.
  • 2.5 Use data to forecast trends, develop innovations, and highlight effective student affairs practice.
  • 5.4 Implement global opportunities that promote culturally relevant practice and professional development.

Evaluation Criteria

The intent of this grant program is to help successfully implement new ideas. However, we understand that not every innovative idea becomes an innovation. Many fail. That’s the nature of experimentation. Therefore, while our goal is innovation, what we’re really looking for is innovative ideas — along with a plan to apply those ideas. We’re encouraging campuses and individuals to try new things.

If you are wondering whether your new program or process qualifies as an “innovative idea,” consider these questions:

1. Does it seem innovative to you?

2. Do you hope it will create new opportunities or significantly improve ways of operating?

3. Is it new for you or your campus — and also not standard practice in the student affairs and higher education community? (If others have tried something similar, with any degree of success, that’s okay with us, as long as it’s new and not commonplace. In fact, you might build on the concepts of innovative project you’re observing elsewhere.)

If your answer to all three questions is yes, your idea will probably sound innovative to our review committee as well. As you can see, we’re not defining this narrowly because we don’t want to limit your creativity.

When reviewing applications, we also consider:

  • Significance
  • Project Design and Practicality
  • Applicability and Transferability
  • Impact

In addition to the above major criteria, reviewers also look at the project’s objectives, the applicant’s potential and commitment to innovation, the clarity of the application, the project management plan and budget, and the organizational commitment and resources.

Ruth Strang Research Award

The Ruth Strang Research Award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the body of literature concerning women in higher education. This award encourages high-quality research related to women in higher education and seeks to promote research by, for, and about women. Submissions may be published or unpublished articles, academic papers, book chapters, or portfolios that show strong scholarship and address topics relevant to the education of women and their personal and professional development.

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Originality: The author has developed content that is original. The reader is challenged to think about the topic in a new way.
  • Relevance to Literature/Women in Higher Education: The document not only supplements, but advances prior research and literature about women in higher education.
  • Clarity of Ideas and Structural Organization: The author clearly expresses his/her thoughts and maintaining the reader's interest. The order and flow of the information contributes to a well-developed manuscript.
  • Data: Data are appropriately and accurately derived and presented.

Entrants must be:

  • Current members of NASPA;
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, college faculty, or professionals working in student affairs or related fields.

Note: Applications typically due in early December

Region Awards


Region I Research Grant

The NASPA Region I Advisory Board invites applications from Student Affairs practitioners, faculty and graduate students for Region I Research Grants.  Grants are supported by money from the NASPA Foundation for the Region’s fundraising success in reaching both the donor and dollar goals.  The Advisory Board is interested in funding research which advances our understanding of student development, student success, student learning and the student affairs profession.  An individual or research team may receive up to $2,000 to fund software for data analysis/equipment/transcription services, travel/transportation, mailing/postage/supplies, printing/marketing, supplies and food.

NOTE: Deadline is typically in February of each year. Award given at NASPA annual conference.

*PDF with application information in the shared drive.


Region III Research and Assessment Grant Proposal Invitation

NASPA Region III again offers its annual call for research proposals for the 2018–2019 research and assessment grant awards. Region III contributes $5,000 annually in research assessment grants for Region III members. An individual or research group may receive up to $1,000 for the 2018–2019 academic year. Prospective grant recipients must electronically submit applications by Friday, May 4, 2018 by 11:59 pm. For more information and to apply, visit: Preference will be given to applicants who submit proposals focused on the following NASPA Region III strategic areas: Social Justice and Inclusion, Internationalization of Student Affairs, Community Colleges, HBCUs, Faculty Research Interests, and Graduate Students.

NOTE: In most years, this is posted in January, with a submission deadline in early February. Awards are given at NASPA conference in March OR at the annual summer symposium in June.


Region IV-East Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award

By the conferral of this award NASPA continues its traditions of both honoring prominent research and scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs and supporting the community colleges sector. In order to support the goals of a strong research-based practice, this annual award is presented to an individual or team who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing research and scholarship on the topic of student affairs in the community college.

  • Exceptional contributions to student affairs practice in community colleges through sustained research and scholarship. (Impact of research must have implications for higher education at the national or international level)
  • Outstanding individual contribution in innovative and responsive services and programs that address varied and emerging needs of student
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in student affairs.
  • Resume(s) or vita(e)
  • Active individual NASPA membership
  • Self Nominations will be accepted.

Winners will be notified in October and the presentation of the awards will take place at the Region IV-East Conference in November in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Award winners should make every attempt to attend the Region IV-East Conference.

In addition to the regional recognition that accompanies this award, the recipient will also be considered for the National NASPA Community College Professional Award.

NOTE: Deadline is during the fall semester (typically the beginning of October)

Region IV-East Research and Assessment Grant

NASPA Region IV-East is proud to support research and assessment by offering a call for research and assessment grant proposals. Grants will be awarded at the Region IV-East conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in November 2018.

In support of NASPA’s strategic plan, the Region is interested in funding research and assessment completed by NASPA members from Region IV-East that furthers our understanding of student access, learning, and success as well as the effectiveness of practice. 

There are four awards available this cycle - ($4,000 total):

2 Grants - Individual or Research Team Award - each worth $1,500


2 Grants – *Graduate Student Research Award - each worth $500

For any grant application, at least one recipient must be a NASPA Member from Region IV-E. Graduate students are eligible to apply for both levels of grants using a single application. Graduate student research grant dollars are available ONLY to a currently enrolled graduate student.

  • Overall proposal including originality and creativity, response to current trends and issues, clarity, value, understanding of student development and learning outcomes, application of theory to practice, writing style, and the degree to which it is based on research literature and theory
  • Research design
  • Proposed budget.
  • A rubric is used by reviewers and is available upon request.

Grant applications should be submitted via the online application form and include the following:

  • A cover page identifying the research proposal title, desired grant award category, the primary investigator’s name, NASPA membership number (at least one member of the research team is required to be a Region IV-E NASPA member), address, institution, telephone number, email address, additional team member names, NASPA membership numbers of any research team members, and a statement indicating:

“I/We agree to acknowledge Region IV-E funding support in all phases of research; I/We will not use any portion of the project for commercial purposes (i.e. selling an instrument for profit); I/We will deposit the grant funds into an institutional account; and I/We will provide NASPA Region IV-E Board of Directors with a written summary of my findings and a detailed account of how the funds were expended no later than 18 months after the receipt of this grant. I/We will also present findings at a future NASPA IV-E Regional Conference.”

  • Complete grant proposals are limited to 5 pages of content (excluding cover page and references), double spaced and should including:

o         Statement of research purpose/question

o         Brief description of literature addressing the research purpose/question

o         Description of the research or assessment methods to be used including:

§  Description of the population and sample

§  Description of any instrument(s) to be used in the study

§  Description of the data collection techniques

  • Description of the proposed analysis
  • Description of the intended audience for completed research
  • An indication of how the results will be disseminated to Region IV-E and NASPA membership
  • Description of the credentials of the researchers
  • Detailed budget (including support requested or received from other sources)
  • Graduate student applications must also include a memo of support from a faculty member.

NOTE: Deadline is during the summer (typically the beginning of August)


NASPA IV-W has access to $500 for research grants for 2017-18. To capitalize on this funding, we must make the award(s) in July. NASPA IV-W is committed to supporting research in the region. Members are invited to apply for the NASPA IV-W research grant online at

Applications will be reviewed by the Research Coordinator, Regional Director, SSAO liaison, and the Assessment, Evaluation, & Research Knowledge Community Region Representative. Funds may be awarded to one or several research projects based upon a review of the applications.

Questions? Please contact Amy Pennington, NASPA IV-W Research Coordinator

NOTE: applications are due in the summer (typically the end of June)

KC Awards


Adult Learners and Students with Children Research Grant

Adult learners and students with children are important but relatively unstudied populations within higher education research.  Studies indicate that students with children could represent over 25% of students (Gault, Reichlin, and Reynolds, 2014), and growth of non-traditional or adult students is expected to continue: the highest growth expected in 25-34 year old category at 25% growth compared to 20% growth in over 35 and 10% growth in under 25 according to the National Center for Educational Statistics through 2021.

The Knowledge Community for Adult Learners and Students with Children wishes to support further research into our populations and highlight that research in a meaningful manner by providing this annual grant.

NOTE: Grant is typically due at the End of October, and is awarded at the Annual NASPA meeting. Grants are up to $200 per study.


AOD KC Research Grant

The purpose of the AOD KC Research Grant is to support the creation of new knowledge focused on the intersection of alcohol and other drug issues and Student Affairs and assist in the dissemination of this research to the NASPA and Higher Education community. This award is intended to support either professional or graduate-level scholarly research. To learn more and to apply, download the AOD KC grant application. To learn more please contact one of our co-chairs.

NOTE: Contact co-chairs with questions about typical timeline for this grant


Gender and Sexuality KC Awards Research Award(s)

The Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community provides avenues for both social and professional involvement. We allow for personal and professional growth, increased awareness and acceptance of professionals and students, and promote understanding of professional and student needs.

Our community recognizes individuals, programs, and research that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of sexual and gender minorities inclusivity and education at the highest and broadest level. The awards aid to exhibit excellence and/or innovations that have added to the profession of Student Affairs and Higher Education and enhance the lives of their communities.

The Gender and Sexuality KC is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Research Award(s).

Individuals selected for their award will be notified in November and are expected to submit a current resume or CV to the Awards & Scholarships Co-Chairs at that time.

The Gender & Sexuality KC Research Award is awarded annually to two graduate students.

The purpose of this award is:

  1. To recognize outstanding graduate student(s) research (master or doctoral) that contributes to the knowledge of Gender & Sexuality topics in Student Affairs and Higher Education
  2. To support the creation of new knowledge through Gender & Sexuality research, and
  3. To support the distribution of new knowledge to NASPA members and the Higher Education community.

Recipients of this award will:

  • Be named a 2018 NASPA Gender & Sexuality KC Scholar
  • Be recognized at the 2019 NASPA National Conference
  • Receive a $200 research grant
  • Have their work considered for distribution through the NASPA Gender and Sexuality KC
  • Have the opportunity for further professional development through mentoring from NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community members who are GLBT scholars or scholar-practitioners


  • Applicants must be NASPA members
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program
  • This award is to recognize and support the research process, not to recognize research that has already been completed
  • Research projects must be completed by December 31, 2018
  • Research must pertain to Gender & Sexuality topics in Student Affairs & Higher Education
  • Upon completion, submit an article for the G&S Knowledge Community Newsletter

Entries should be prepared as follows:

  1. A title page with ONLY the title of your paper and the award for which you are applying (e.g., LGBT Identity Development, submitted as an entry for the research grant). Do not put your name or institution on the title page or anywhere in the document itself.
  2. A description of your study that includes the research purpose and/or questions, significance to theory and/or practice.
    • Clearly stated purpose and objectives
    • Should be no more than 500 words and should make clear how the study relates to LGBTQ+ issues in student affairs, higher education, or both.
    • Include a reference list if applicable; the list itself DOES NOT count toward your 500 word total.
  3. Save as a PDF document, with your name as the document name (e.g., smithj.pdf). Your name SHOULD NOT APPEAR anywhere else on the document. Entries will be reviewed without names.

NOTE: This award application is typically due in early November.


Outstanding Research Award

The purpose of this award is to support the creation of new knowledge focusing on the area of Indigenous higher education. This award is intended to support professional, doctoral, and Masters-level scholarly research.  The recipient will submit an article about their research to the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community newsletter in order to disseminate their findings to the KC membership and beyond.

NOTE: This award application is typically due in early November,


Parent and Family Relations KC Research Grant

The Parent and Family Relations Knowledge Community Research Grant supports the discovery of new knowledge, new applications of theory to practice and innovation as it relates to the relationship between universities and parents/families of undergraduate students.

Individuals seeking this grant should demonstrate how their research aligns with the mission of the PFRKC and/or improves the relationship between colleges and parents or families. Nominations for the award must provide evidence for why the individual should be considered. Research must be completed by December of the same year as the award being granted. A brief description of the research goals, timeline, and intended purposes of the research, as well as optional letters of support will be used to nominate worthy individuals for this award. Self-nominations will be accepted. An IRB approval document, a statement of why waived/not necessary, or a plan for IRB approval must be submitted, as applicable.

Recipients of this award will be recognized at the PFRKC Open Business Meeting, which is held during the annual NASPA conference. The award may be accompanied by a cash grant of up to $250.

NOTE: Grant submission deadlines tends to be in November, with award given at the following national conference


Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education KC Outstanding Research Grant

The Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community is excited to fund the Outstanding Research Grant award with the purpose of providing a research grant supporting the mission of the Knowledge Community and furthering the contribution of research.

This grant will be awarded at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference for the amount of up to $250. Solicitations will be sought through late-October with a review committee within the Knowledge Community screening submissions.

NOTE: This award application is typically due in October.


TKC Small Research Grant

The NASPA Technology Knowledge Community is pleased to continue offering a small grant to promote and encourage research focused on technology-related topics and concerns. Aligned with the TKC’s Pillar of Research and Scholarship, the Small Research Grant is designed to assist in the execution of promising technology-related research that has the potential to inform the practice of student affairs administrators.

NOTE Contact KC with questions about deadlines for the award

Division/Group Awards 

Community College Division

Community College Research and Scholarship Award

By the conferral of this award NASPA continues its traditions of both honoring prominent research and scholarship in higher education and student affairs and supporting the community colleges sector. In order to support the goals of a strong research-based practice, this annual award is presented to an individual or team who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing research and scholarship on the topic of student affairs in the community college.


Below are the criteria that will be used to evaluate the nominees. Please note that only one letter of nomination is required and up to three additional letters of support will be considered but not required. Self-nominations will be accepted.

  • Exceptional contributions to student affairs practice in community colleges through sustained research and scholarship
  • Issues addressed in research and scholarship must be important and substantial issues related to student affairs practice in community colleges
  • Impact of research must have implications for higher education at the national or international level
  • One letter of nomination that references the research and/or scholarship of the individual or team (self-nominations are accepted) and up to three additional letters of support
  • Resume(s) or vita(e) of the nominee(s)
  • Active individual NASPA membership

NOTE: See the Division page on NASPA website for when award application will open.


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

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Stay connected with us. We offer year-round opportunities for networking and professional development. 

Regional & Area Social Media 

Take a look at the active social media channels for the New Professionals & Graduate Students Knowledge Community that offer reigonal or area level content. Don't know your region/area? Find out where you fit in NASPA.

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Knowlege Community Social Media

Take a look at the NASPA-wide social media channels for the Knowledge Community below. 

Signature Initiatives

Each year, the NASPA New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community present a number of events that are geared to stimulate intellectual and personal engagement on a variety of topics relevant to our members.

These signature events and initiatives address some of the most pressing issues of our time, and they are designed to have a powerful impact on all participants and attendees. To learn more about our scheduled programs and events, please visit the Events listing page. 

2020 NPGS Symposium

The NASPA Graduate and New Professionals Symposium – organized by the NASPA Central Office and the Knowledge Community - is an opportunity for participants to learn, share, network, and develop both personally and professionally. The symposium is hosted at the Annual Conference on a Pre-Conference Session. The agenda and focus for the symposium changes annually to address the needs of our members.

The 2020 NPGS Symposium will be held on March 29, 2020. You can register for the symposium when you sign up for your Annual Conference registration:

Conference Consortium 

The Consortium was founded in 2012 by Stephen Deaderick out of a desire to engage new professionals and graduate students in conversations about the present state and future of the student affairs profession. Participants meet four times during the NASPA Annual Conference to dialogue about topics chosen by the Conference Coordinator Chair, in consultation with the NPGS KC Leadership Team. The topic is also connected to an area of the ACPA/NASPA Areas of Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Educators. 

NASPA NOW Recognition Program 

ASPA NOW recognizes graduate and new professionals who are making positive contributions to the profession and to NASPA along five values: Innovation, Inquiry, Inclusion, Impact, and Integrity.  NASPA NOW is a partnership through NPGS and NASPA and will be first awarded at the 2018 National Conference in Philadelphia.  All current New Professionals (less than 5 years full time experience) and Graduate Students (Master's and Doctoral) are encouraged to apply during the annual call for nominations.

Sponsored Program Sessions 

With thousands of program submissions to the NASPA Annual Conference each year it can be difficult to select which programs to attend. Thus, the NPGS Leadership Team works to select three programs to sponsor or spotlight that are high-quality and meet critical needs for member’s professional development. Be sure to check your email as anual conference approaches for additional information.