With Careers in Student Affairs month (and my participation in the Defectors Series) upon us, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my pathway as an education administrator, and how that continues to shape my point of view as a higher education professional and educator. I’ve said it before, but when I started my Master’s degree at Texas A&M, I was confident that I would spend my career working for Universities. And while I did start my career working on a college campus, living on through my graduate school experience as a hall director and serving as a leadership educator in my first role out of grad school, it wasn’t long before I made a few transitions, into education technology...and then technology education, now using design thinking and other tools to design education toward the future of work.
Since working at a traditional University in residence life, orientation, student activities, and leadership development, I’ve spent time on dozens of college campuses working with hundreds of higher education administrators as a technology trainer, student success consultant, speaker, and workshop facilitator.
I’m grateful to say that I’ve also spent a fair bit of time working with high school and college students over those years as well. And this “non-traditional” navigation of higher education administration work continues to prompt thinking about the ways that higher education is continuing to evolve in light of the transformation that’s taking place around what students expect out of their “on-campus” experience, as well as the continually expanding range of roles that folks with a background in student affairs administration are equipped to serve without ever stepping foot on a traditional campus.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll share my thinking on the points of evolution that student affairs administrators and preparation programs might consider in light of the emerging trends and future of higher education.
This new video outlining “The Networked University” is built and introduced from the students’ point of view. But what might the evolution of student affairs and experience of student affairs administrators look like in light of this new future?