Attend Spelman Johnson’s sessions at NASPA

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Spelman Johnson looks forward to attending the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA from March 9-12, 2019. You’ll find the Spelman Johnson team in the exhibit hall at Booth #312 – we hope you’ll stop by!

Join one of our sessions!

Getting to AVP: Developing your Portfolio for Success

As student affairs educators, the role of the assistant/associate vice president is critical to advancing the profession. The presenters will cover areas crucial to developing the competency of the AVP. Through individual reflective and group exercises, facilitators cover topics which include management, supervision, finance, political and work life balance challenges. A panel of SSAOs and a Higher Education Search Firm consultants, will also provide guidance on ways to develop professional portfolios for those interested in pursuing this career path.
Saturday, March 9
1:00 – 2:30PM
306 AB – LA Convention Center

Session: Student Affairs and Athletics: Collaborating for Student Success

In this session, Student Affairs leaders will discuss emerging issues that impact the success of student athletes including conduct, mental health and Title IX. Regardless of reporting relationships, student affairs leaders must recognize the importance of developing programming, protocols and systems that support the safety and well-being of student athletes. Senior Student Affairs Officers with experience supervising athletics will share their experiences and offer insight on assessing your institution’s response plans and programs for student athletes.

Ellen Heffernan, President of Spelman Johnson

  • Keith Champagne, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Alysson Satterlund, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California, San Diego
  • Mark McCarthy, Vice President for Student Affairs, John Carroll University
  • Meredith Bonham, Vice President for Student Affairs, Kenyon College
Monday, March 11
11:15 AM – 12:05 PM
Room 510 – LA Convention Center

Session: Educators of the Profession: Student Affairs Practitioners as Non-Tenured Faculty

Student affairs practitioners are often asked to teach in student affairs graduate preparatory programs. These professionals provide much-needed linkages between theory and practice, and share cognitive and practical skills with future professionals. While research exists on experiences of non-tenure track faculty, little exists on the experiences of non-tenure track faculty also serving as Student Affairs Practitioners. Presenters will showcase original research about the experiences of these important professionals in the field of Student Affairs.
  • Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Staff, Northwestern University
  • Scott Peska, Assistant Vice President of Student Services, Waubonsee Community College
  • Quincy Martin III, Search Associate, Spelman Johnson
Monday, March 11
1:15 PM – 2:05 PM
502 A – LA Convention Center

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.