Bootcamp for New Student Affairs Directors

Bootcamp for New Student Affairs Directors

July 24 - 25, 2017 | San Diego, CA

 After participating in this conference, you will be able to identify areas of strength and growth to ensure your success as a new student affairs director

Learn the skills you need to succeed as a new director in your student affairs unit. You will join a cohort of peers who have recently entered a student affairs directorship as you work to become comfortable and efficient as both a leader and a manager within your department. We will cover common challenges that new directors face, including:

  • Learning how to lead, manage, and delegate
  • Determining the internal and external priorities for your department
  • Moving your initiatives forward by influencing up, across, and down
  • Making important financial and budgetary decisions
  • Navigating your new human resources duties

You will leave this event with a defined roadmap for you to improve the leadership and management that you offer to your department. You can use this roadmap as you continue to grow as a leader and manager.


Who Should Attend

If you are an aspiring or current director in student affairs, then this program is designed for you. The training you receive will help you navigate the first two years of your directorship and provide a foundation for your future career growth.

When you register two people from your institution a third can attend for 50% off!


Monday, July 24, 2017


Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Opening Comments and Introductions
8:30 - 8:45 am



Understanding Leadership Framework
8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
In this opening session, you will learn the framework that will drive our two days of learning. In your new role as director, you will have two distinct parts of your job: your role as a leader and your role as a manager. You will get an overview of these two components and begin to think about your areas of strength and growth.



Current Trends in Student Affairs Success
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
More than ever, institutions must address student retention and success in order to remain viable in the higher ed marketplace. Institutions are answering this call through innovative partnerships outside of their departments (e.g. academic affairs), rethinking internal structures (e.g. combining advising and career services), and developing new models to meet the needs of a diverse and growing population of students. Your role as a director will be to lead efforts to work holistically and strategically with other departments. In this session, you will hear key trends that are shaping student affairs and how your department must play an integral role in your institution’s overall student success goals.



10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



Breakout Session: Focusing on the Needs of Your Specific Department
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
In this session, you will break into groups based upon your student affairs function. You will perform a mini-SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) using what you have learned in the previous session to determine internal and external priorities for your department.


Key Leadership Tenets for Directors


Setting the Stage for Effective Leadership
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This session will outline the skills you need to determine others’ motivations, how those motivations fit with your institutional mission, and how to advance your initiatives by managing up, across, and down. Also discussed will be how you can mitigate conflict and address resistance to change.



Lunch (included in registration fee)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.



Setting the Stage for Effective Leadership (continued)
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.



Moving Your Vision and Articulating Success Metrics
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
New directors have the task of communicating their vision for their department both internally and externally and conveying how that vision aligns with the institution’s strategic plan. They also have the task of defining how they will measure their progress and success. In this session, you will learn how to start your directorship off on the right foot by effectively communicating your vision in a way that brings your team together and how to collaboratively set benchmarks to show progress towards that vision. You will learn how to become an advocate for your department in order to be involved with key committees and decisions at your institution.



Working Time
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
In this session, you will have time to work on communicating your vision and writing your initial success metrics. Project management tools will be provided to help you backwards plan as you work.


Key Management Tenets as Directors


Making Financial and Budgetary Decisions
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Your new role as a director likely includes working within a budget and making financial decisions. This session will provide you with tools and protocols that you can use to prioritize and maximize your budget. You will learn the financial “do’s and don’t’s” as well as how to assess your current financial landscape and allocate resources.



Networking Reception (included in registration fee)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Personnel Management
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Directors work with their teams on a day-to-day basis to learn status updates, motivate their staff, and step in to aid when needed. In this session, you will learn key steps in managing your personnel.



Navigating Your New HR Duties
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
One area that new directors often find the most challenging is managing their new Human Resources duties. From hiring, to inspiring, to firing, learning both the legal and relational aspects of this part of your job will help you to make sound decisions as you build your team. You will connect this session to the earlier learning on managing conflict.



10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



Working Session: Defining Your Leadership Roadmap and Key Resources for Success
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
In this session, you will begin to develop your roadmap for leadership. You will identify your unique strengths and areas of growth and set short, mid-term, and long-term goals. You will have opportunities to work with one of our speakers for short consultation sessions. Key resources will be shared and you will identify two to three priorities for your leadership development. You will then present your roadmap to the group to gain their insights.



Wrap Up
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Hotel Information

July 24 - 25, 2017
San Diego


San Diego Marriot Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Dr.
San Diego, CA 92108

To reserve your room, please call (619) 693-3800. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.

The rate is $169 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.

A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 23 and 24, 2017.

Make your reservations prior to June 26, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.


Jeremy Podany

Executive Director of Corporate Services and Career Education
Colorado State University

Jeremy serves as the Executive Director of Career and Corporate Services, overseeing The Career Center and Ascend at Colorado State University. He provides strategic direction to all facets of student career education, employer connections, and corporate education and services. Jeremy is also the co-inventor of two technologies started at Colorado State that are now being used at multiple universities around the nation: The Fairs App and Career Tools.

Prior to coming to Colorado State in 2012, Jeremy spent 11 years in Career Services at Indiana University where he was The Director of Career Services at the School of Informatics and Computing for 6 of those years. Jeremy has spent time with nearly 1000 companies, has trained hundreds of organizations, leaders, and students and is passionate about building partnerships with industry.

Jeremy received his Bachelors degree in Education from Western Michigan University, and his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University. Outside of work, he enjoys walking and laughing with his wife and four children, is an avid college basketball fan, and loves trying new restaurants.

Dr. Karen M. Whitney

Clarion University

Dr. Whitney is responsible for developing and supporting the university's very successful leadership team; on-going strategic planning/action; communicating & advocating the university's promise for our students, alumni, employers & the community; fund raising for excellence; and building collaborative and effective partnerships to extend the university's mission.

Karen Whitney has effectively led efforts to raise Clarion University's reputation of academic quality and high impact college experiences. Since 2010 several major efforts have transformed Clarion University including significant improvements to campus facilities with more than $150 million of construction and renovation projects completed or underway designed to enrich the student learning and community engagement experience.

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Elizabeth Hubbell
Program manager, Academic Impressions

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