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Staff Development Initiatives
The Staff Development Committee offers the following programs for employees in the Division of Student Affairs:
Professional Competency Model
The Division of Student Affairs recently adopted a new professional competency model, for use with all graduate students and professional staff in the Division. The purpose of the model is to provide a framework of core competencies that individual staff members can use as a basis to assess their own development and establish goals for continued growth. Similar models are used at many other institutions, and in many graduate preparation programs. National Student Affairs professional associations, ACPA and NASPA, have also endorsed such models for professionals working in Student Affairs.
The Staff Development committee spent time this past year researching other models and developing on for use at FIU. Dr. Jones charged the Staff Development Committee with introducing this new model to all A&P staff and graduate assistants in the Division. The goal is that the use of this model will help individual staff and their supervisors focus on professional development in such a way that individuals have opportunities to strengthen their core competencies as Student Affairs professionals, and that collectively as a Division, we continue to advance in the skills and knowledge necessary to best serve our students.
Competency Model FAQs | Download here
Professional Competency Model Self-Assessment | Download here
Comp Model Development Plan | Download here
Facilitated Job Shadowing
The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee has started organizing office and job shadowing opportunities for Division staff who are interested in better understanding another Student Affairs office or position, either because they want to learn a skill, or because they want to learn more about another office, particularly one with which they collaborate. The job shadowing will allow you to develop one or more professional competency areas. You can decide if you would like to visit an office to observe part of a regular workday, to sit in on a regular meeting, to assist that office with an event, or some other activity. To participate in the job shadowing program, identify the specific competency area(s) which you hope to develop as a result of the shadowing experience, discuss your interest with your supervisor and get their approval, then complete the online application form. A Staff Development Committee representative will get back to you about your application.
The Panther Placement Exchange is organized to help prepare our graduate students for their job search processes. This annual event, held jointly with Nova Southeastern University at the Biscayne Bay Campus, is designed to provide them with the information they need to successfully navigate the national conferences, job placement exchanges and other interview processes. Mock interviews are conducted, resumes are critiqued, and there are panel discussions providing important advice. Student Affairs staff from across the Division are asked to serve in these roles to share their experiences and help prepare participants. This event typically takes place in early January.
New Professionals Group
The Committee launched the first New Professionals Group in October 2009. The purpose of the group is to provide ongoing development and networking opportunities to those who are new to working in Student Affairs. Through monthly meetings, a "common reading" and intentional use of the Student Affairs Professional Competency Model, members of the cohort will develop their skills and become more connected to others in Student Affairs
Due to the success of the New Professionals Group, in fall of 2010 a second group targeted towards the development of those further along in their student affairs careers was created. They also meet monthly and utilize a “common reading” to drive discussion and target topical guest speakers from various areas of the university.
New Employee Welcome
A New Employee Welcome program is held at the start of each Fall and Spring semester, to welcome and orient staff members who have joined the Division in the last six months. The program introduces new employees to the Division, its mission, departments, leadership, history and philosophy.
Graduate Student Development
The Division employs a number of Graduate Assistants, many of whom are studying in the Higher Education program and plan to pursue careers in Student Affairs. The unique needs and interests of this group are addressed through the planning of a series of programs targeting such areas as job search and interview skills, navigating transitions, conference preparation, obtaining internships, and more. Many of these programs are offered in conjunction with the Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA).