This is a book for any student affairs professional who wants to strategically shape his or her career pathand will be particularly helpful for people in early or mid-career, or contemplating a career, in student affairs.By engagingly offering us the fruits of the reflective and strategic approach she has used to shape her own career, and of the theoretical and practical approaches she has undertaken to map out the culture and dynamics of student affairs, and by gathering the voices of 25 professionals who offer the insights and advice derived from their own experiences, Sonja Ardoin has created a guide for everyone in student affairs who wants to be intentional in setting the course for their professional and personal development.She begins by describing the changing and varied student populations who are the heart of this field, and outlines the typical organizational structures of student affairs, the range of functional areas, and how practice varies by size and type of institution. She highlights major trends, discusses the typical paths of entry to the profession, the expectations and realities of starting in a new position, the process of socialization, and the required skills and competencies. She devotes the core of the book to the five key elements for developing a career strategy: Lifelong Learning, Extending Your Experiences, Planning for Professional Development, Networking/Connecting, and Self-Reflection, and provides advice on the job search, from application through interview. In doing so she ranges over choices to be made about formal qualifications, and describes activities – from volunteering and committee work to conference presentations, writing and teaching – that we can use to strategically develop the proficiencies to attain our goals.
|Publisher:||Stylus Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Sonja Ardoin is a learner, educator, and facilitator. Currently serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Boston University, Sonja originates from "Cajun country" and began her higher education career as a first generation student at Louisiana State University, earning a B.S. in Secondary Education. She later attained a M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. Sonja's career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. Sonja stays engaged in the field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, and College Summit. Her research interests include college access and success, low-income populations, leadership, and career strategies; she authored The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career (Stylus, 2014). Sonja enjoys traveling, dancing, reading, writing, sports, laughing, and spending time with people she loves.
Marcia B. Baxter Magolda is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Miami University of Ohio and a nationally recognized author and speaker on student development and learning. She received the American College Personnel Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Research Achievement Award in 2007, for her outstanding contribution to advancing student learning.
Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and subsequent adult life, and educational practice to promote self-authorship. Her seventh and eighth books respectively are Authoring Your Life and Development and Assessment of Self-Authorship.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD Student Demographics on Today’s College Campuses Student Affairs’ Role on Campuses Student Affairs By Institutional Type Student Affairs Structures Functional Areas Chapter Summary 2. NEW PROFESSIONALS THROUGH THE MAGNIFYING MIRROR Who Are You and Your Peers? What Are Your Ideal Expectations and What Is the Reality? What Are the Career Themes You Might Want to Consider? Which Skills Do You Have and Which Ones Are Useful? In What Areas Should You Focus Your Professional Development? In What Areas Should You Strive to Be Competent? Chapter Summary 3. CREATING A STUDENT AFFAIRS CAREER STRATEGY Intentional and Spontaneous Reflecting on Your Current Strategy (or Lack Thereof) Five Career Strategy Components Chapter Summary 4. LIFELONG LEARNING Formal Processes of Learning Informal Processes of Learning Personal Stories Chapter Summary 5. THE JOB HUNT AND EXTENDING YOUR EXPERIENCESThe Job Search Gaining Experience Outside of Your Job Description Personal Stories Chapter Summary 6. PLANNING FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT It Is Your Responsibility Navigating Professional Development Options Get Creative Crafting Your Plan on “Paper” Personal Stories Chapter Summary 7. NETWORKING OR CONNECTING Do You! Politics Personal Stories Chapter Summary 8. SELF-REFLECTION Do You! Personal Stories Chapter Summary APPENDIX A: Initial Self-Reflection Questions APPENDIX B: Job Interview Question Examples APPENDIX C: Professional Development PlanREFERENCES READING SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW AND MID-LEVEL STUDENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS FROM YOUR PEERS AUTHOR AND CONTRIBUTORSINDEX
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