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Student Affairs Staff as Teachers: New Directions for Student Services, Number 117

Emily L. Moore (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7879-9722-9
88 pages
April 2007, Jossey-Bass
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This issue explores the paradigm shift of student affairs staff from enablers to teachers. It addresses this phenomenon, beginning with a framing chapter on the act and art of teaching and extending through the first days of the first year, the first-year experience, learning communities, and the seamless web of student and academic affairs that has formed in a small college. The volume concludes with a futuristic examination of the expanding roles and responsibilities of student affairs professionals.

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.

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Table of Contents

EDITOR’S NOTES (Emily L. Moore).

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. Murray)
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. Thoennes)
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 Sheldahl)
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 Blake)
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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Author Information

EMILY L. MOORE is professor emerita of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University. In January 2007 she was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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