Book Title: Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education
Publisher: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.
Author: Peggy C. Holzweiss
Careers in Student Affairs provides a comprehensive look at being a higher education administrator. Integrating perspectives from both research and practical application, this reader-friendly book addresses contemporary issues in the higher education environment that are not typically covered in the graduate curriculum but that employers expect student affairs professionals to be prepared for from their first position and beyond.
Written for both new professionals and those transitioning to further levels of leadership, Careers in Student Affairs covers a broad cross section of topics that apply to various levels of experience. The book is filled with information and advice to assist practitioners in developing plans for career longevity and success. Each chapter includes questions for reflection to help readers develop a career plan.
The book is organized into two parts. The first part focuses on professional performance and explores issues such as: trends and contemporary challenges in the higher education field; developing professionalism and support networks; and ways to navigate important issues such as organizational cultures, politics, conflicts, and ethics. The second part discusses professional development, with chapters that delve into: defining personal and professional success; advancing a career in student affairs; becoming an effective supervisor; transitioning to faculty roles; and giving back to the profession. Each of these subjects is addressed from the perspective of theory, research, and practice. In addition, each chapter reviews topic-specific supervisory skills to help professionals cultivate good strategies.
The field of higher education administration offers a wide range of career stages and pathways, and professionals must take a proactive approach to their career development. Careers in Student Affairs is an essential text for graduate students in higher education and student affairs graduate programs, graduate preparation faculty who teach professional development topics, professionals seeking to transition to more advanced roles, as well as professionals who want to build their competencies with an eye toward senior-level positions, executive leadership, and faculty roles.