Top 10 Things New Professionals Need to Know

Ideas and creativity in businessAs many of you are starting new positions this year, this webinar may be helpful to give you some important aspects of your job to think about. Presented by Kathryn Wojcik, Stephen Fleming, Cassie Harrington, and Taylor Ullrich in February 2017, this webinar is a must-watch for any new professional beginning a new job this academic year. This is especially helpful for graduate students entering their first professional job. Enjoy!

To view the webinar, visit






Post-Convention Reflections from the CGSNP Chair, Nick Fuselier


I think I can speak for all of us when I say that every single year after attending ACPA Convention, I return back to my campus on fire!  Convention has a way of coming just at the right time.  In the midst of a turbulent and troubling political climate in which our most vulnerable students are feeling unsafe, unheard, and uncared for… current issues in education policy, such as school “choice” vouchers and calls for budget cuts to programs designed to support students who are too often left behind… the list really goes on and on… but in the midst of all of this, I leave Convention feeling hopeful, inspired, re-energized, and equipped with new tools to best serve students and to best serve my community.

As I reflect on my time at Convention, so much comes up for me.  First, I am so grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with some of my most valued colleagues, all of whom impact my work in some way every single day.  I’m thankful to have developed some new professional relationships with folks who I have admired since my time as a graduate student.  And I think I’m most excited by my time getting to connect with those who are newest to our association – graduate students and new professionals.  These folks are the future of our field and I appreciate that ACPA has a dedicated space for us to learn from each other and grow together as emerging college student educators.  The community of ACPA, and the sub-communities found throughout the association, are some of my most cherished spaces.  In these spaces, I feel alive… I feel whole… I feel challenged… I feel taken care of.

Second, I am moved by ACPA’s bold strategic imperative for racial justice.  As a part of the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals, I look forward to engaging in this call for a centering of racial justice in our work, not just as an entity group within the association, but as graduate students and new professionals in our everyday lives on our campuses and in our communities.  Hearing our outgoing President, Donna Lee, and our incoming President, Stephen John Quaye, make this call with an unwavering and unapologetic passion was moving.  I anticipate the operationalizing of this imperative will be challenging for us, as this kind of work is tough… it will be tough for white folks, like myself, to do the unlearning and unpacking that is necessary to engage in this work authentically… tough for folks of color, who often solely and unfairly bear the burden of teaching, coaching, and carrying people in dominant identity groups through this kind of work… tough for an association who has to own its history, its problems, and its challenges in today’s day and age.  Tough work is important work.  And as Donna Lee noted throughout Convention, we must engage in this work with love and compassion.

Last, I am thrilled to be moving into the Chair role for the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals.  While our time together at Convention was a whirlwind, each day passing more quickly than the previous, I am pumped up by the energy and passion this team brings to the table.  I have to shout out our outgoing Directorate led by our outgoing Chair, Chad Mandala.  Thank you all for your commitment and leadership.  Moving forward, we have a lot of exciting work to do: a webinar series… the 8th Vector newsletter… the ACPA Ambassadors program… fundraising… case study competitions… not to mention all of our Convention-specific programs, and so much more!  I’m honored to work alongside our talented incoming Directorate and our engaged membership.  Get ready for a fun and fulfilling year!


Meet your 8th Vector Coordinators: Crystal and Stephen!

Each year, the 8th Vector is assigned coordinators to assist in managing posts and recruiting quality articles. This year, we are very excited to be authoring the blog and working with each of you to capture your voice and highlight your story. Here’s a little more about us:

Crystal HamiltonCrystal

I have been a member of the Graduate Student and New Professional Community of Practice for three years. I received my Bachelors degree in Finance from Old Dominion University and my Masters in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration from Valdosta State University. I have mostly worked with campus events, reservations, scheduling, and building facilities during my time in Higher Education. My interest in the 8th Vector sparked while I was the Scholarly Initiatives Coordinator for the Ambassador program couple of years ago. I am looking forward to assisting everyone who is interested in publishing in the 8th  Vector!

Stephen Fleming


I have been a member of ACPA and the Graduate Student and New Professional Community of Practice for four years. My education has been primarily at Rowan University in New Jersey where I completed my dual Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Elementary Education and my Masters in School Counseling. I am excited to begin a new journey at Temple University in Philadelphia as I pursue my Ed.D. in Higher Education. A majority of my background has been in Residence Life and Housing, but I have more recently transitioned to academic affairs in my role as Assistant Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rowan University. I am very excited to be working with the 8th Vector as I have had an enjoyable experience publishing in it in the past and I hope I can provide a similar experience for anyone interested in exploring their professional writing.


This year, we have two main goals: to incorporate themes into the blog posts and to inform graduate students and new professionals on ways in which they can engage in publishing research-orientated pieces. We will have many themes before the convention and we encourage you to target those that resonate with you. To learn more about our themes, visit

We are already accepting submissions for our July/August postings! The summer is a great time to focus on writing and engaging in professional development. Knowing that many of you may be in transition between jobs, our theme is Navigating Your First Position. All submissions do not have to focus on this theme—we are simply giving direction to a topic that we hope to strongly represent. Submissions must be submitted to We are accepting submissions on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at We are excited to help you meet your writing and publishing goals. Have a wonderful summer!

A Message from ACPA Executive Director, Dr. Cindi Love

Cindi LoveI know I am not the first, but allow me to say, “Congratulations!” to each of you in our new Graduate Student and New Professional Community of Practice.  Your group is not really new, but you have adopted a newly formed structure that really reflects the times in which we are living when community is so very important and research has to translate into effective practice.

Over the past three years, I have engaged with Grads and New Professionals and with the Ambassadors every chance I get because you give me energy, support and great insights into our work in student affairs.  I am a seasoned professional–but in many ways a new professional in student affairs—in my first five years of work in the field.  You’ve been my “home within a home” at ACPA.  You are important to me and I want to share why you are so important to ACPA’s culture, continuing excellence and thought leadership as a higher education association.

  • Statistically, you are more likely to engage than any other demographic in our membership
  • Career advancement is important and you also want to make a real difference through your work
  • You are the most active on social media and the most likely to promote social justice causes within this space—especially if we share cool and engaging content for you to share and especially digital video (

Did you know that 75,000 people have viewed a segment on ACPA Video on Demand?  This is a place where you have helped share and can continue to share the ACPA core values far beyond our immediate membership.  I hope members of the Community of Practice will develop new videos and submit often.

 Looking forward to the next ten years, I predict that we’ll see an even greater emphasis placed on engagement that does not take place in “face to face” settings like Convention.  You will be our practitioner leaders in these efforts.

I want to invite you to an opportunity for best practice leadership right now.  In May, we launched the Where Respect Happens campaign with our peer associations, NASPA, NODA, ACUHO-I, ASCA, ACUI, NIRSA and ACHA.  I hope you will create your own video and upload it to the Campaign and download the free sticker, t-shirt and post-it card images for your use on your campus.  We believe this campaign is a great opportunity to amplify the voice of student affairs professionals within higher education and to support students as they navigate tough situations in their lives on campus.

When you send in your video or download the materials and use them, send me an e-mail and I will enter your name in a drawing for a free Compliance U™ course, Law, Policy and Governance in Higher Education:  Compliance 101.

We will draw September 22, 2017.

I will give you one fun example of how a campaign like this worked for a non-profit, Soulforce.  A group of youth activists raised $200 to print 10,000 stickers and blanketed them in a neighborhood in New York.  They took pictures of themselves posting the stickers in all sorts of places. A major newspaper picked up one of the photos and the story and advanced their cause with free publicity.

Wouldn’t it be cool if respect could go viral in this way?