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  • 1. Want to Do What I Do? A Career in Student Affairs
  • 2. What is Student Affairs?  Definition of Student Affairs ◦ Student affairs staff provide services and support for students at institutions of higher education to enhance student growth and development in the United States and abroad. ◦ Student affairs professionals are charged with the tasks of developing programming, advising student organizations and student leaders and conducting research to meet the needs of the whole student – physical, emotional and mental. ◦ Also referred to as College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration
  • 3. Areas of Student Affairs  Academic Advising  Campus Activities/University Program Board  Admissions and Registrar  Counseling and Testing  Greek Affairs  Recreational Services  Housing/Residence Life  Legal Affairs  Judicial/Community Rights & Responsibilities  Minority/Multicultural Affairs (Diversity Advocacy)  Disabled Student Services  Orientation (Preview & Passages)  Leadership & Service  Student Union  Student Organizations/Student Involvement Center  Women's Services  Financial Aid  Foreign/International Student Services  GLBT Student Services  Off-Campus Student Services  Athletics  Career Development  Fundraising  Spirituality, Faith or Religious Services
  • 4. Benefits of Working in Student Affairs  The Ability to Make a Difference ◦ You can change the lives of students!!  A Wide Range of Choices ◦ You can consider a career in student affairs no matter what your undergraduate major is or was.  An Exciting Work Environment ◦ There is never a boring day in a student affairs office.  Access to the Profession ◦ There are several entry-level positions and they are always in demand on campuses.  Potential for Advancement ◦ Once you enter the profession, the possibilities of career growth are limitless.  Fringe Benefits ◦ Colleges and universities offer an attractive benefits package which can include tuition remission, medical benefits, vacation time, and all the cultural, social, and recreational opportunities that a college campus has to offer.
  • 5. Education and Salaries  Education ◦ Lower- Bachelors-Masters, Most of the time Masters ◦ Middle: Masters- Doctorate ◦ Higher: Doctorate + experience  Starting salary $33,500 ($16/hr)  Mid-level/Median salary $60,500-$62,500 ($29/hr)  Senior Level salary $90,000 ($43/hour)  Senior Administration $100,000-$500,000  Benefits are usually very good for college student personnel workers. They may get 4 to 5 weeks vacation a year and have very generous health and pension packages. Many colleges and universities offer free tuition to employees and their families.
  • 6. Panelists If you are interested in discussing student affairs opportunities in these particular areas, their emails are listed below their names.  Kera Tackett- Academic Advisor ◦  Emily Vigneri- Assistant Coordinator of Orientation and Services ◦  Steve Klay- Coordinator of Student Involvement Center ◦  Erin Thomas- Coordinator of Leadership and Service ◦  Ashley Taylor- Specialist in Diversity Advocacy ◦
  • 7.  Suggested Links    For links to specific career areas, feel free to email any member of the Career in Student Affairs Committee (see next slide)
  • 8. Career in Student Affairs Committee  Erin Thomas, ◦ Leadership and Service Coordinator  Ashley Taylor, ◦ Diversity Advocacy Specialist  Bryan Bristol, ◦ Programming Graduate Assistant, 1st year grad student in the College Student Personnel Administration program  Katie Pratt, ◦ Leadership and Service Intern, Senior
  • 9. More Info!!  For More Information about a Career in Student Affairs, please contact:  Students: please fill out this interest form Student Affairs Interest Form  Staff who want to get involved with the Career in Student Affairs committee should contact Erin Thomas via email (