Professional Development Resources

This section is designed to provide staff with access to some interesting professional development resources. New information will be added periodically. If you have a suggestion for something to be included, please email our staff development committee.

Professional Associations

The Division of Student Affairs at Florida International University proudly supports their staff members who are affiliated with the following organizations

Standing Committees

Each year in May, Student Affairs seeks committee members for the upcoming academic year. All full-time and graduate assistant staff are eligible to apply.  If you are interesting in expanding your involvement and network in the Division, and developing new professional experiences, please consider applying to one of the opportunities below. 

  • List of Standing Committee in Student Affairs
    • Student Affairs Staff Development Committee:  This committee plans ongoing professional development and network opportunities for staff in the Division of Student Affairs.
    • Student Affairs Day Planning Committee: This committee coordinates the annual Student Affairs Day and related awards process that takes place each fall semester.  FIU faculty members, administration and staff are recognized for their contribution to the mission of the Division of Student Affairs through their hard work, motivation and achievements.
    • Student Life Awards Committee: This committee coordinates the annual student awards event that recognizes FIU students who have excelled academically and in the areas of distinguished service to others, citizenship, innovation, leadership, diversity advancement, and promotion of the Panther Spirit
    • Student Affairs End of the Year Celebration: This committee coordinates the annual Student Affairs End of the Year celebration.
    • United Way Fundraising Committee: This committee will coordinate fundraising events to support the Division of Student Affairs annual United Way campaign.
    • Ignite Campaign Fundraising Committee: This committee will coordinate fundraising events to support the Division of Student Affairs annual Ignite Campaign. 
    • Weeks of Welcome: This committee will work on the putting together events/programs for students during the Week of Welcome. The goal is to create a central marketing point to better enhance our presence on campus.
    • It’s On Us Committee: This committee coordinates activities to educate the university community about sexual violence, empower our peers to be active bystanders, and prevent sexual assault at FIU.
    • Women Who Lead Conference Planning Committee: Members of this committee plan, execute, and evaluate all aspects of the annual Women Who Lead Conference held at BBC or MMC (committee members can belong to both planning committees, but typically will serve on the committee of their home campus only); the target audience for this event is FIU students (conference participants may also consist of faculty and staff, alumni, and other community members).

Professional Development Programs

Below are two professional development programs put on by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs for Student Affairs Professionals. Each year in May you are able to apply to participate in the following academic year. 

  • New Professionals Group
    The purpose of the group is to provide ongoing development and networking opportunities to those who are new to working in Student Affairs. A selected group of new professionals will meet monthly during the academic year. The two-hour monthly sessions will be used to explore various topics relevant to the experience and development of Student Affairs professionals. The program is designed for those who are full-time employees and “new professionals” in the Division. Generally, these individuals are in Coordinator, or possibly Assistant Director level positions, and have no more than three years of full-time professional experience.  Anyone who believes they are a “new professional”, though, is welcome to apply.
  • Mid-Managers Group
    The purpose of the group is to provide ongoing development and networking opportunities to those who hold mid-manager positions in Student Affairs. A selected group of mid-manager professionals will meet monthly during the academic year. The two-hour monthly sessions will be discussion based and will be used to explore various topics relevant to the experience and development of Student Affairs Middle Managers. The program is designed for those who are “mid-managers” in the Division. Generally, these individuals are in Assistant Director or Associate Director level positions and have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience.  Anyone who believes they are a “middle manager”, though, is welcome to apply.

Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) Committees

SAGA is a student organization for the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program at FIU.  This organization has two staff/administrator advisors and five sub-committees, each coordinated by student chairs and advised by full-time admin/staff in the division of student affairs.  

  • SAGA Overall Co-Advisor
    The SAGA advisors facilitate and support the strategic development of the organization overall, advise the executive board directly, and serve as ambassadors on behalf of the group when applicable.
  • Practice Placement Exchange Committee
    The PPE advisor oversees the students planning, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of the annual practice interview and professional development day held for the Higher Education graduate students in partnership with students from the same programs at Nova Southeastern University and Florida Atlantic University.
  • SAGA Connect Mentoring Program Committee
    The SAGA Connect advisor oversees the graduate student team responsible for recruitment, training, matching, and ongoing support to staff/administrators willing to mentor a higher education program graduate student for the duration of an academic year.
  • SAGA Symposium Committee
    This advisor oversees the graduate students planning, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of the annual hooding ceremony and celebration for the graduating students from the MS in Higher Education program at FIU.

Other Resources

Contact

Division of Student Affairs
11200 SW 8th Street
GC 219
Miami, FL 33199

305-348-2797
Fax 305-348-1957

vpdsa@fiu.edu

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