2020 NASPA Annual Conference

New Professionals and Graduate Students

For new and emerging professionals, the NASPA Annual Conference is the place to be for the widest array of career development and learning in student affairs! With over 700 content sessions, a wide array of networking opportunities, and a learning environment that allows you to choose your own adventure, we are excited that you will join us in Austin.

Doctoral Seminar

Join us at the Doctoral Seminar at the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, TX. Happening on Sunday, March 29th from 12 pm-4 pm CST, 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.

Registration is due January 31, 2020. If you have any questions, please email Jill Dunlap at

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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 on-site at the Annual Conference.  Participants will review and analyze a case study a week prior to attending and present their findings at the Annual Conference on Monday, March 30th. Case presentations should include a review of ethical, moral, and legal considerations that influenced their decision making in crafting their response to the case study. Teams should be comprised of 2 to 3 current graduate students and must include a faculty sponsor. Up to 12 teams comprised of first- and second-year students (or beyond) will be selected to compete. The first 12 teams to register will be assigned to a presentation time slot, and any additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought-provoking case relevant to the field of Student Affairs to a panel of judges that is representative of student affairs practitioners, faculty, and past case competition winners. 

Applications Now Open for 2020 Case Study Competition!

Are you attending NASPA this year? Would you like to demonstrate what you have been learning in your program?  Are you seeking a way to enhance your skills and receive professional feedback? Do you have a competitive and creative spirit? If so, you are encouraged to register to compete in NASPA's Annual Graduate Student Case Study Competition. Winners will be provided the opportunity to share their case study presentation in an educational session at the 2020 Annual NASPA Conference and be presented with a $100 gift card. 

Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, March 11, 2020!

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact Sarah Jones at

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