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Division of Student Affairs Mid Managers Group
Affairs Staff Development Committee will launch the new Student Affairs Mid-Managers Group in October 2010. The purpose of the group is to provide ongoing development and networking opportunities to those who hold mid-manager positions in Student Affairs.
A selected group of mid-manager professionals will meet monthly during the 10-11 academic year. The two-hour monthly sessions will be discussion based and will be used to explore various topics relevant to the experience and development of Student Affairs Middle Managers. Examples include: Managing Change from the Middle; Supervision; Understanding Academic Structure and Priorities; Professional Engagement; University Politics; Campus Crisis-Preparation and Response; Budgeting; Career Advancement, and more. Members of the Vice President’s Leadership Team will organize the monthly meetings, with different senior-level members of the University serving as guest facilitators.
The program will incorporate a management competency inventory as its foundation. Participants will have the chance to assess their own development in critical management areas, and work toward developing targeted areas. NASPA’s publication The Mid-Level Manager in Student Affairs will also be used as a common reading for the group.
To facilitate an appropriate learning environment, the group will be limited to only 12-15 participants.
There will be monthly meetings of the Mid-Managers Group, which will be 2 hours each. The session times will be announced in September, and will alternate between MMC and BBC. Interested participants should hold these dates, as participation in all sessions is expected for those who are selected.
The program is designed for those who are “mid-managers” in the Division. Generally, these individuals are in Assistant Director or Associate Director level positions, and have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience. Anyone who believes they are a “middle manager”, though, is welcome to apply.
Those who wish to apply are asked to submit their interest in writing (no more than 1 page), incorporating responses to the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in participating in this group and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
2. What specific topics could be addressed through the program that would assist you in meeting specific goals you have as a professional?
3. What are your career goals within Student Affairs and Higher Education?
Please include the following information: Name, contact information, department, length of time in current role, name of supervisor and degree information.
Submit all items by Friday, September 3 to Cathy Akens at email@example.com.