But I think this begs a great question, how do we find the right balance between applying theoretical framework in what we do and shaping what we do more based on students, actions, and the current problems our students face? It is a powerful starting point, but we have to do the work to learn more, which we are attempting to do in graduate school. While the theories that I may use in my graduate assistantship freshman orientation on a regular basis, may be a little bit different than a graduate assistant working in a different office, such as housing or first generation programs, the overall goal remains the same. Even though these national policies will be changed following the times, how can our student affairs educators simply study during graduate school? Aside from working with students to achieve their goals while acknowledging developmental obstacles, there are many issues we as professionals face amongst each other. Contested issues in student affairs: Diverse perspectives and respectful dialogue. Individuals gain acceptance and value if they have incrementally more education; getting further education opens doors in our society. Intersectionality is a practice by which we consider multiple theories together to gain new perspective.
Berger Contributors Index Peter M. Growing up I felt I had a calling to work with people; however, I could never pinpoint the direct career path that would best fit my aspiration. It is a different kind of educator then the ones we normally think of in the classrooms. Relating to my previous experience makes me recognize the importance of education. Make sure to use the ContestedIssues and TroubledTimes hashtags to find others discussing Contested Issues online! Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life, the role of gender in development, and pedagogy to promote self-authorship. However, I could have made the choice to take my first job and leave school behind to focus on becoming the best academic advisor that I can be. Intended equally for future student affairs educators in graduate preparation programs, and as material to supplement professional practice, this book is designed to stimulate reflection and prompt readers to clarify their own thinking and practice as they confront the complexities of higher education.
The Philosophical Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education explores the implications and complications of student affair educators placing learning at the epicenter of their professional work. As I continue my studies at Northern Arizona University, I look forward to developing a greater understanding to the umbrella of student affairs. I enjoyed the aspect you mentioned about educators being students engaged in the learning process that is essentially never ending because it occurs on a daily basis. He focused his scholarship on ethnographic studies of college students, critical issues in qualitative research, and program evaluation. After returning to the area I decided to go back to school and work on my Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The book aims to serve as a conversation starter to engage professionals in on-going dialogue about these complex and enduring challenges. I love that with a career of student affairs I can pursue a range of opportunities from supporting students in campus recreation programs to helping international students feel welcome here as they study abroad on our campus.
Using Theory to Improve Student Affairs Practice: Some Current Examples, New Directions for Community Colleges, Volume 2005, Issue 131, pages 65-75 Dalton, John C. I really liked reading about your thoughts on the subject! I sincerely hope that you are able to continue reading in your free time because I have seen first-hand the knowledge that can be gained from outside sources, much like your books. Lewis Undergraduate Programs Officer Carl H. Her seventh and eighth books respectively are Authoring Your Life and Development and Assessment of Self-Authorship. As an academic advisor, the actions I take are not rooted in theory, but they are supported by them. I know that this graduate degree will prepare me for a future in student affairs and because of this, I am excited to learn what I need to know while also retaining the information that will stay with me through a career in student affairs! It is important to me as an emerging professional to make sure that I am current on the use of technology, including social media, in relation to student affairs. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and subsequent adult life, and educational practice to promote self-authorship.
Advancing Inclusive and Learning-centered Practice: Redesigning Student Affairs Work — John P. It is not often that we witness our profession challenging, broadening, and clarifying questions in such an honest fashion. More specifically, the first essayist framed the contested issue by defining terms and providing a historical context, while making perspectives explicit. I would have to agree with the past statement in my understanding of the reading personal judgment seems as though it very well will differ depending on prior experience and education. I think that theory grounds us in our practical application. Each chapter is followed by a response that offers additional perspectives and complications, reminding readers of the ambiguity and complexity of many situations.
That being said my initial reaction was quite different than what I am reading in the comments. In that meeting, they were talking about not always having the right answers but always vowing to grow and learn from others around them. How lucky are we to have chosen a profession that constantly gets to be challenged by each cohort of college students that we work with. As potential student affairs professionals, I believe that it is essential for us to go into our graduate school programs with clarification on what our values are and how we want those values to play out in our future careers. I appreciate the thought that in this profession you can fall back on what you do know or experiences you may have but the most respected Student Affairs professionals are generally ones who do not claim to know everything and are open to growth as the world evolves around us all and issues constantly are changing. Contested issues in student affairs : Diverse perspectives and respectful dialogue. I have also been reflecting on the philosophy of the holistic experience of the student.
I am also figuring out how to be myself in a new office with colleagues that all have different expectations on how I am going to fit into their team. What is your personal responsibility to addressing these issues? In a time out instability and confusion, many can get lost in a time period known as emerging adulthood, but student affairs professionals are educators in more ways than one. There seems to be a huge divide between the two sectors, while both departments share a common goal: increase student learning. What is your level of understanding of the many moral, ideological, and political issues that student affairs educators regularly encounter? Magolda and Marcia B Baxter Magolda Sterling, Virgina: Stylus Publishing, 471 There are currently many diverse approaches taught through the traditional introductory texts on High Education Student Affairs. Mark your calendars and meet our outstanding authors! Although I still have the autonomy to choose what to read on my free time, I noticed that several professionals within the career that have already obtained their masters stated I would have no free time to read. Beyond generalizations of self authorship, though, I think that this concept can be challenging to grasp in the profession that is Student Affairs. It fills a void by addressing the social, educational and moral concepts and concerns of student affairs work that transcend content areas and administrative units, such as the tensions between theory and practice, academic affairs and student affairs, risk taking and failure; and such as issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and spirituality.
Sure, there are many positions in life where individuals need an understanding of the job in order to succeed in athletics, for instance, if one does not know the basics, it is likely that he or she will not be effective , but there are also many positions where similar or transferable experiences are just as sufficient as the theory or practices we mention. The book aims to serve as a conversation starter to engage professionals in on-going dialogue about these complex and enduring challenges. These are two things that I was a bit more unaware, or had not delved into. Jovana, You could not have said it any better than that! It is not often that we witness our profession challenging, broadening, and clarifying questions in such an honest fashion. Before being involved in student affairs related positions, I would have never thought of the intention that student affairs professional had in the development of their students. Gaining an education can foster a greater sense of self and society. Joey, I appreciate the interesting perspective you share about how our work in student affairs gives us a range of opportunities to pursue.