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Rosemary J. Perez; Genia M. Bettencourt – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2024
Many student affairs practitioners passionately support students, but the cost of caring may include compassion fatigue or secondary stress. This constructivist case study examined how a program that serves at-promise students contributes to and alleviates compassion fatigue among staff members. While the scope of work, position of the program at…
Descriptors: Fatigue (Biology), Caring, Burnout, Altruism
Joseph M. Ginese – ProQuest LLC, 2024
Continued professional learning is a consistent focus of attention for the field of student affairs within higher education. Yet, very little research has been conducted on the factors that influence the motivation of student affairs professionals to pursue continued professional learning, especially professionals within community colleges. This…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Student Personnel Workers, Community Colleges, Work Environment
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Ian F. McNeely – History of Education Quarterly, 2024
Student development theory (SDT) is a diverse corpus of academic and popular psychology with real-world application to the maturation of college and university students. It originated during the campus upheavals of the 1960s as part of a collective effort to reconcile restive students to mass higher education and modern technological society.…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Colleges, College Students, Student Development
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David McCoy – About Campus, 2024
Many student affairs professionals had impactful experiences as undergraduate students, themselves, and they want to facilitate those same opportunities. They believe their work is meaningful to students' experiences and is also valued by institutions. So if that is what motivates many student affairs professionals, what happens when they begin to…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Colleges, Teachers, Professional Identity
Nikiya L. McWilliams – ProQuest LLC, 2023
A dissertation research study was conducted to examine the conditions behind the continued lack of advancement for Black student affairs professionals within the California State University (CSU) System. This study sought to understand the perspective of the executive and management-level positions categorized as the Management Personnel Plan…
Descriptors: Blacks, Student Personnel Workers, Administrators, Leadership
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McNaughtan, Jon; Garza, Tiberio; Eicke, Dustin; Garcia, Hugo A.; Bodine Al-Sharif, Mary Ann – Higher Education Quarterly, 2023
Over the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of student service personnel, yet demand has outstripped this growth leading to turnover and low employee satisfaction. Scholars and practitioners alike have called for increased levels of empowerment of these workers, but the outcomes of this approach need further…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Student Personnel Workers, Middle Management, Employee Attitudes
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West, Andrew; Henning, Gavin – New Directions for Student Services, 2023
In this article, we provide an overview of the current and emerging professional competencies for student affairs professionals around the world, highlighting those from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Botswana. We compare and contrast competencies from these countries and conclude with implications for the student affairs…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Competence
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Perozzi, Brett; Shea, Robert – New Directions for Student Services, 2023
This article explores the concept of Student Affairs and Services (SAS) as a global profession, how it is positioned and positions itself in the context of what it means to be a profession and reflects on the ways in which SAS has and can professionalize. The literature related to professionalization is presented along with a discussion of the…
Descriptors: Professionalism, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Comparative Education
Peacock, Corey – ProQuest LLC, 2023
Professionals within the field of student affairs administration provide essential support services to students within American higher education. As a profession, it is important to understand the way in which new student affairs professionals are socialized, supervised, and prepared for the demands of student support work. This arts-based,…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Supervision, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Novices
Anderson, Alexandra Kay – ProQuest LLC, 2023
When a college student dies, student affairs professionals are often responsible for ensuring specific administrative processes are completed, providing emotional support for the campus community, and sponsoring memorials that facilitate formal mourning. This last responsibility has received little attention in the student affairs literature.…
Descriptors: College Students, Death, Student Personnel Workers, Memory
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Ann M. Gansemer-Topf; Laila I. McCloud; John M. Braxton – New Directions for Student Services, 2024
Since its conception as a distinctive form of scholarship, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) has evolved into a legitimized field. Despite its rapid evolution, there still exists confusion surrounding its definition and distinctions from scholarly teaching. Additionally, although it is widely recognized across many disciplines, there…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Student Personnel Services
Angela Smith Kuykendoll – ProQuest LLC, 2024
Although research has been conducted on the lived experiences of Black student affairs professionals and academic advisors at Historically White Institutions (HWIs), the literature is scant in its representation of the larger body of Black Professional Staff (BPS) and their experiences. BPS are undervalued and disregarded and are a vital part of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, African Americans, Predominantly White Institutions, Racism
Katherine Mae Page – ProQuest LLC, 2023
More than 17,000 professional staff live where they work in Residence Life and Housing (RL&H). Those staff members live in the dorms with the college students whom they serve, as has been the arrangement of RL&H staff members since the inception of colleges in the U.S. in the 1600s. However, there have been recent shifts in the ways in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Resident Advisers, College Housing, Student Personnel Workers
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Ryan W. Erck; Sean Strehlow – New Directions for Student Services, 2023
This article examines how appreciative inquiry can be a helpful tool to improve the supervision of graduate assistants in student affairs. Representing the future of the field, these emerging professionals need supervisors willing to invest in their development, a process that can be improved when approached with appreciative frameworks.
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Graduate Students, Supervision, Guidelines
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Lauren J. Harvey; Jamie L. Palmer-Asemota – Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2023
This study examines how higher education professionals navigate intersectional failures in institutional, state, and federal support as advocates for undocumented students. Semi-structured interviews with these professionals reveal that they rely on college interventionists to fill the gaps in undocumented student support on their college…
Descriptors: Intervention, Undocumented Immigrants, Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services
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