1st Edition

A Guide to Becoming a Scholarly Practitioner in Student Affairs

By Lisa J. Hatfield, Vicki L. Wise Copyright 2015
    112 Pages
    by Routledge

    112 Pages
    by Routledge

    Student affairs professionals are increasingly being called upon to become scholar practitioners, to reflect on and share their experiences to further the knowledge of the field, and to disseminate practices to promote student learning and development. This book offers practical guidance to anyone in the field interested in presenting at conferences or publishing in scholarly and professional journals, and sets the work of scholarly practice in the context of its vital role of influencing and shaping the future of student affairs, and in promoting continuous learning.The authors demystify the processes of producing research and scholarly work; address motivation and barriers such as time-constraints or confidence; and provide advice on developing ideas, writing, getting feedback, staying on task, identifying the appropriate outlets and venues for ideas, submitting proposals, as well as on speaking and presentation skills. It also directs readers to books and online resources and presents the reflections of senior student affairs officers on scholarship in the profession. As the authors state, student affairs professionals are often in the best position to test the myths about what really works for college students to have access, persist, and graduate. Through their daily interactions with students they develop the grounding for theories and strategies to improve the college experience, none of which can be advanced without scholarship, without presenting and writing, and the debate that they stimulate.This book is intended for student affairs professionals at all levels. It sets the context for those starting their careers as they navigate and understand their new roles; aims to inspire mid-level professionals to present or write about their experiences and contributions; and offers senior administrators strategies to pursue their own scholarship while creating a supportive environment for their staff to do so, and develop their agency and professional growth in the process.

    Foreword Introduction 1. Why Student Affairs Professionals Should Pursue Scholarship (And Why We Don’t. 2. We Love Feedback. Fear Feedback No More! 3. The Presentation 4. The Publication 5. Strategies for Staying With Writing 6. A Brief Guide to Style 7. Scholarship Support Groups 8. The Future of Research and Scholarship in Student Affairs. Insights From Senior Student Affairs Officers References Index


    Lisa J. Hatfield Vicki L. Wise Kevin Kruger An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger joined NASPA as Associate Executive Director in 1994, and became its first executive-level President on March 15, 2012. In his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, he draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to NASPA, Dr. Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Dr. Kruger has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC. Dr. Kruger represents NASPA in national forums such as the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, which includes the leaders of approximately 50 higher education associations. While at NASPA, he has pursued a number of initiatives designed to enhance the association's role in public policy, research, professional development, and student learning and assessment, with a particular interest in the use of technology in serving diverse student populations. Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally on leadership development, using technology in student affairs administration, international education and is a regular lecturer on technology in student affairs, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, assessment and student learning. He is the editor of two Jossey-Bass publications, Technology Innovations in Student Services and Using Technology to Promote Student Learning. He also has chapters in The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration.

    "This is a practical guide that will inspire student affair educators to become scholar practitioners. By demystifying the presentation and publication process, the authors provide step-by-step insights and guidance for promoting the worthwhile scholarship of student affairs professionals."

    Sarah Marshall, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Doctor of Education Program at Central Michigan University

    "I would recommend this book to my Chief Student Affairs Officer as well as the doctoral students in our program, and everyone in between. Hatfield and Wise give clear and effective suggestions that will help student affairs educators move from ideas to articles. A Guide to Becoming a Scholarly Practitioner in Student Affairs is a comprehensive resource for student affairs educators to use as they start the presenting and writing process or if they need encouragement and strategies at any point in their career."

    Audrey J. Jaeger, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, and Executive Director, National Initiative for Leadership & Institutional Effectiveness, College of Education

    North Carolina State University

    “This book provides a valuable foundation and exploration of the research, publication, and presentation opportunities that have been identified as so important to the student affairs profession. These activities contribute to our overall knowledge about student learning and our understanding of the factors that contribute to student success, degree progress and persistence. In addition, assessment, evaluation and research have been identified as a core competency for all student affairs professionals. (ACPA and NASPA, 2010). The practical guidance contained in this book will be useful for professionals at all levels of their professional development.”

    Kevin Kruger, President

    NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education