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1st Edition

Inclusive Supervision in Student Affairs
A Model for Professional Practice

ISBN 9781138584181
Published September 30, 2019 by Routledge
216 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Inclusive Supervision in Student Affairs provides a new, action-oriented model that addresses what supervisors should do to create more inclusive environments for all staff and to help inform socially just practice. Grounded in theory and research and framed through the lens of continuous professional development and personal growth, this book helps Student Affairs professionals at all levels develop effective leadership skills that demonstrate multicultural competence. Providing a conceptual model and self-assessment tool to enhance professionals’ preparation for supervision, this book also helps readers reflect upon their own capacity to enact an inclusive supervisory approach through the use of case studies and end-of-chapter questions.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword - Mamta Motwani Accapadi




Part I: Overview of Inclusive Supervision

Chapter 1 Why Inclusive Supervision?

Chapter 2 Review of Literature and Theoretical Frameworks

Chapter 3 Development of the Inclusive Supervision Model and Inventory

Part II: The Four Tenets of Inclusive Supervision and Potential Barriers

Chapter 4 Creating Safe Spaces

Chapter 5 Cultivating Holistic Development

Chapter 6 Demonstrating Vulnerability

Chapter 7 Building Capacity in Others

Chapter 8 Barriers to Inclusive Supervision

Part III: Application and Reflection

Chapter 9 Inclusive Supervision in Action: Case Study Exploration and Analysis

Chapter 10 Additional Case Studies on Inclusive Supervision

Chapter 11 Theory to Practice

Appendix 1 Inclusive Supervision Inventory

Appendix 2 Safe Spaces Activity

Appendix 3 Values-Sort Exercise

Appendix 4 Power of Assumptions Exercise

Appendix 5 Sample Goals and Activities for Building Capacity in Multicultural Competence & Social Justice


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Amy B. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration at SUNY Buffalo State, USA.

Carmen M. McCallum is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University, USA.

Matthew R. Shupp is an Associate Professor of Counseling and College Student Personnel at Shippensburg University, USA.


"A VP once told me that graduate student resident directors didn’t need supervision.  Every bone in my student affairs educator body disagreed.  Even as a director of an academic program, I have acknowledged how effective supervision or the lack of it influences ethical and competent practice.  Not since Winston and Creamer’s (1998) comprehensive work on supervision has the profession been offered such a forward-thinking approach to meeting current needs in supervision as in this book. This text combines empirical research findings, a self-assessment, exercises, case studies, and reflection questions – all prompting professional development for Inclusive Supervision and the exposure of its barriers. This is a needed resource for all of those who care (or should care) about supervision."
—Jan Arminio, (Retired) Professor, George Mason University

"Supervisors who care about diversity and inclusion should read Inclusive Supervision in Student Affairs: A Model for Professional Practice. The inventory, reflection, and case studies allow the reader to reflect upon and incorporate these concepts into practice. Wilson, McCallum, and Shupp have changed the game by adding a much-needed dimension to supervision research and application– providing both the why and how behind inclusive supervision."
—Thomas Segar, Vice President for Student Affairs & Information Technology and Graduate Affiliate Professor, Shepherd University

"This book goes well beyond the typical script of Supervision Training 101. Wilson, McCallum, and Shupp offer an inclusive new way to think about and practice student affairs leadership and supervision. How do we build diverse teams where all individuals feel supported and engaged? How do we prepare staff and students to lead authentically in an unknown future? This book offers not just theory but also tangible practices leaders can enact. As we think about the changing landscape of higher education and the pivotal role student affairs must play, this is a necessary read for every educator, practitioner, and student."
—Allison Green, Instructor and Doctoral Fellow, Department of Leadership and Counseling, Eastern Michigan University