Professional Development Resources

The mission of the Staff Development Committee is to plan ongoing professional development and network opportunities for staff in the Division of Student Affairs. If you have a suggestion for something to be included, please email our staff development committee.

In planning our events and programs, the Staff Development Committee works off of the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators developed by ACPA College Student Educators International and NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. For the 2018-2019 academic year, our focus will be in the following three competencies: Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (AER); Organizational and Human Resource (OHR); and Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI). 

2018-2019 Focus Areas

  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (AER)
    The Assessment, Evaluation, and Research competency area focuses on the ability to design, conduct, critique, and use various AER methodologies and the results obtained from them, to utilize AER processes and their results to inform practice, and to shape the political and ethical climate surrounding AER processes and uses in higher education.
  • Organizational and Human Resources (OHR)
    The Organizational and Human Resources competency area includes knowledge, skills, and dispositions used in the management of institutional human capital, financial, and physical resources. This competency area recognizes that student affairs professionals bring personal strengths and grow as managers through challenging themselves to build new skills in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal evaluation of staff; resolution of conflict; management of the politics of organizational discourse; and the effective application of strategies and techniques associated with financial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology, crisis management, risk management and sustainable resources.
  • Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI)
    For the purpose of the Social Justice and Inclusion competency area, social justice is defined as both a process and a goal that includes the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create learning environments that foster equitable participation of all groups and seeks to address issues of oppression, privilege, and power. This competency involves student affairs educators who have a sense of their own agency and social responsibility that includes others, their community, and the larger global context. Student affairs educators may incorporate social justice and inclusion competencies into their practice through seeking to meet the needs of all groups, equitably distributing resources, raising social consciousness, and repairing past and current harms on campus communities.

Staff Development Dispatch

The Staff Development Dispatch is a newsletter created by the Staff Development Committee on a monthly basis with information including: upcoming events, staff profiles, department profiles, useful resources and much more. For the latest copy, click on the button below.


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11200 SW 8th Street
GC 219
Miami, FL 33199

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