Student Affairs Staff as Teachers: New Directions for Student Services, Number 117
April 2007, Jossey-Bass
The teaching role of student affairs professionals is gaining importance as colleges and universities emphasize retention and graduation of undergraduates. Student affairs professionals play a crucial role in the teaching-learning process.
This is the 117th issue of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Services.
1. College Teaching for Student Affairs Professionals (Emily
L. Moore, Rebekah S. Marsh)
This chapter describes the keys to effective teaching for student affairs staff. Knowing what to teach and how to communicate are paramount issues for the students’ successful entry into collegiate life.
2. The First Weeks of the First Year (Mimi Benjamin, Kurt
Earnest, Doug Gruenewald, Ginny Arthur)
This chapter analyzes the first weeks of campus life for new students. It focuses on how student affairs staff help students bond with peers and student organizations while embracing academic life and excellence in the classroom.
3. New Frontiers for Student Affairs Professionals: Teaching and
the First-Year Experience (Mary Stuart Hunter, Kathleen A.
This chapter discusses the first-year experience movement and its impact on student success and retention.
4. Reframing Teaching and Learning: Lessons from Learning
Communities for Student Affairs (Shari Ellertson, Karla V.
Whether they work in what are described as learning communities, freshman interest groups, or other collectives, student affairs staff are often the key link between academic programs and student life. This chapter examines the teaching role of student affairs in various living and learning programs.
5. The Many Hats of Teaching in Small Colleges: The Seamless Web
of Student and Academic Affairs (Greta Degen, Erin
The unique teaching relationship between student affairs and academic affairs in a small midwestern college is examined.
6. Articulation, Communication, Dissemination: Sharing Your
Experiences with Others (Emily L. Moore, J. Herman
This chapter examines how the articulation and analysis processes as well as research lead to insights, understanding, and new knowledge. It provides practical strategies for communicating this learning in the scholarly arena.
7. The Crucial Role of Student Affairs Professionals in the
Learning Process (J. Herman Blake)
The future role of student affairs professionals in academic achievement, student learning, and retention is discussed. The chapter also examines the perspectives and insights students affairs professionals bring to their expanding role in the teaching-learning process.
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