NASPA
2021 NASPA Virtual Conference

Faculty

Each year for the NASPA Annual Conference, the Faculty Council develops program guides designed to draw attendees’ attention to programs, events, and other information of particular interest to faculty. A guide of Faculty Council-sponsored events will be available on this page in early 2021.

An additional, comprehensive guide to all sessions that might be of interest to faculty will also be available to download from this page. This guide is developed each year by Faculty Council members. 

Please note that all times are listed in Eastern Time

President's "Breakfast" for Faculty

Grab your favorite breakfast items and beverage(s) and join us for an opportunity to reacquaint and recognize our faculty colleagues. During this hour we will provide updates on the current initiative of NASPA and the faculty council specifically. We will acknowledge our incoming, outgoing, and current faculty council members, Faculty Council Award winners, EFLA faculty members and retirees. This hour will be followed by the Faculty Institute. Please note that you do not need to be registered for the annual conference to attend this year's breakfast! You must register to attend this event by completing this form. The deadline to register is Monday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  Those who register will receive an email by Thursday, March 18th with a passcode to access the event.

Date: Friday, March 19th

Time: 11:00am-11:45am Eastern Time

Faculty Institute

The Faculty Institute is an annual event designed to bring together faculty from across higher education and student affairs programs nationwide to discuss the most innovative practices and pressing issues facing faculty in the current environment. Join us for an opportunity to connect with other faculty members, whether you are new to the field or have attended the conference for decades. This session is an opportunity for networking and a celebration of the work of retiring faculty, as well as a chance to recognize the work of the outgoing Faculty Council members and welcome the new leadership. Please note that you do not need to be registered for the annual conference to attend this year's Institute! You must register to attend this event by completing this form. The deadline to register is Monday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Those who register will receive an email by Thursday, March 18th with a passcode to access the event.

Participant Sessions:

Part I: "Re-engaging our Role as Faculty: Finding our "Why."

This 90 minute session with breakout rooms will offer time to discuss and develop a personal reflective practice in order to think about our faculty roles, our ethics, our identities, and boundaries in our work. We hope to spend time exploring the meaning of our work and encourage faculty to do their work from a clear sense of their own "why." 

Part II: Now "What?": The Daily Work of Being Faculty

In this year of the pandemic many of our roles have shifted along with our departments. We need to discuss current issues such as program enrollments, virtual teaching challenges/successes, how we work together as faculty, and the moral/ethical implications for our programs. 

Date: Friday, March 19th

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time

New Faculty Community

In this hour, new faculty will be invited to convene for a discussion of their roles. This space will be explicitly to build community and have time to talk about challenges and supports. The Faculty Council President will attend to provide some information regarding the Council and its role for faculty in NASPA as well as opportunities such as awards, grants, and the mentoring program.  Please note that you do not need to be registered for the annual conference to attend this year's Community event! You must register to attend this event by completing this form. The deadline to register is Monday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Those who register will receive an email by Thursday, March 18th with a passcode to access the event.

Date: Saturday, March 20th

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern Time

Doctoral Seminar

Join us for a Virtual Doctoral Seminar experience at the 2021 NASPA Virtual  Conference.  The doctoral seminar was created to provide support and information for higher education and student affairs doctoral students to help them successfully navigate the process. Faculty, administrators, and doctoral students will facilitate conversations and structured time to reflect about how to be successful in the doctoral experience. In addition to including time for networking with a variety of groups, this seminar will also expose attendees to different pathways that one can take after acquiring their doctorate.

Date: Sunday, March 21st

Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm  Eastern Time

Registration is due March 1, 2021. You can register at this link. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Jill Dunlap, Senior Director for Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement at jdunlap@naspa.org.

The Doctoral Seminar is sponsored by Heartful Editor. As part of your registration for the 2021 Doctoral Seminar, Heartful Editor will provide a $90 gift to each participant to use for 2 hours of academic writing coaching and editing support at any time during their doctoral journey.

Scholarly Papers

We invite all faculty and student affairs administrators to consider serving as discussants for the Scholarly Paper Sessions at the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference.

Discussants add value to the scholarly paper presenters and enhance their presentations. Expectations for discussants include editing three scholarly papers prior to the conference and offering written and verbal feedback to authors during the conference session. Discussant comments following the presentations generally summarize the constructive feedback.

Scholarly papers are due to discussants no later than February 1, 2021. Discussants occasionally prompt authors in completing their papers prior to the deadline.  If the presenter does not provide the paper by February 7, 2021 the presentation may be pulled from the 2020 NASPA Conference. 

Case Study Competition

The NASPA Graduate Case Study Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase skills and knowledge of the field of student affairs. Graduate students may form a team to participate in NASPA's virtual case study competition. Participants will review, analyze, and respond to a case. Participants will have one week to complete and submit their case studies. Participants will submit their cases via YouTube link to Sarah Jones on or before Friday, February 15, 2021. Presentations should include a review of ethical, moral, and legal considerations that influenced the team's response. 

  • Teams should comprise two to three current graduate students and must include a faculty sponsor.
  • Up to 12 teams will compete. Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought-provoking case relevant to the field of student affairs.
  • Judges will review the cases and score based on a rubric.
  • Winners will be announced no later than March 1, 2021.
  • Winning teams will earn bragging rights and have an opportunity to present at the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference

If you have any questions about this competition, please contact sejones@westga.edu.

Join the Case Study Competition winners for their presentation on Tuesday, March 23 from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. Eastern Time!