My higher ed grad program at The University of Rhode Island had a saying that went, “everyone a teacher, everyone a learner, all the time.”
That’s how I approach professional development, and it reminds me to constantly reassess where I need to grow. Luckily in the field of higher education, there are so many resources out there for SA pros who are looking for new ways to boost their professional development and foster growth at their institutions.
Whether you want to learn about inclusion and diversity initiatives in student affairs, how to manage social media, or the perfect tool to manage that semester-long project, there is something new to be learned each and every day.
Here are 50 resources (grouped into categories for maximum efficiency) — to help you strengthen your higher ed muscles.
Ready? Let’s go!
1. eduPUNX Podcast
Recommended listen: Episode 006: Presence & Edu Tech Start-ups
2. The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast
Recommended listen: Episode #136: Richard Okello on Revisiting Allyship
3. Josie And The Podcast: Connecting Tech & Leadership in Higher Ed
4. The Educate Podcast
Recommended listen: Protecting the Legacy of HBCUs
5. Code Switch
Recommended listen: Episode 30: Safety-Pin Solidarity: With Allies, Who Benefits?
6. The Science of Social Media
Recommended listen: SSM005: Why Personal Branding Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself
7. Resilient Campus
9. Inside Higher Ed
Read for: Higher ed news, career insight, job postings, and conversation starters.
Recommended read: Affordability in Higher Ed (compilation)
10. The Chronicle of Higher Education
Read for: Higher ed news, opinions, and job postings. Find out what is happening at colleges and universities nationwide.
11. The Skimm
Sign up for daily emails or use the Skimm App to stay in the know about daily world news.
12. Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A news source serving as a catalyst for change in higher ed.
Recommended read: Leaders Turning to Data, Cultural Strategies to Boost Tribal Students’ Success
13. EdTech Magazine
Learn more about the future of campus technology, data analytics and current best practices at institutions for retaining students with ed tech.
Higher ed blogs
14. Resilient Campus
Recommended resource: Social Justice Toolkit
15. Dr. Josie Ahlquist
Recommended read: Empowered to Unplug
16. Eric Stoller
Recommended read: Onboarding Technologies to Organizational Culture
17. Amma Marfo
Recommended read: A Brief Spotlight on Shyness
18. Paul Gordon Brown
Recommended read: Building Off of Bloom: Writing Progressive Learning Objectives
19. On The Go With Ed Cabellon
Recommended read: A Digital Communication Training Model
20. NASPA Blog
Recommended read: Centering the Diverse Experiences of Black Women Undergraduates
21. Joe Sabado – Student Affairs Technology & Leadership
Recommended read: ACPA/NASPA Technology Competency for Professional Development
22. #RyersonSA – Thoughts On Life Outside The Classroom
Recommended read: Failing ‘Akeisha’: Who Isn’t Coming To Orientation Week?
23. Roompact Blog
Webinars & online courses
24. Student Affairs Assessment Leaders
Recommended course: Apply & Leading Assessment in Student Affairs
Check out this list of upcoming webinars focused on residential life, to surviving as a new student affairs professional.
Recommended webinar: Developing An Effective Professional Development Plan As A New Professional
Recommended webinar: Campus Crisis Management & Communication
28. Civitas Learning
Recommended webinar: Personalize Planning Decision to Increase Graduation
Policy & practice
29. The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Recommended resource: LGBT policy & practice recommendations
30. Transgender Studies in Higher Ed
Recommended resource: Trans* Studies in Higher Education Syllabus
31. Education Advisory Board
Recommended resource: The Student Success Best Practices Library
33. Western Washington University
Recommended best practice: Recruiting & Retaining Faculty and Staff of Color
Student leader resources
Recommended resource: Monthly Planning Guide
Recommended course: Digital Wellness Toolkit for College Students
36. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Blog
Recommended resource: 4 Tips for Negotiating for the Salary and Benefits Your Worth
37. The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health
Recommended resource: Sex and…
38. The Student Leadership Challenge
Quick tips and activities for executive boards and organization retention.
Project management & communication
Streamline work processes and project communication with this agile project management (free) tool.
Recommended resource: Inspirational Trello boards to help you get started
Cut down, or get rid of team emails completely, with this nifty communication tool.
This helpful online proofreader tool helps check grammar and spelling. Helpful before you have to send out a campus-wide e-mail! Available as a Google Chrome extension.
42. DropBox Paper
Has many powerful functionalities with a clean interface which makes it easy for communicating on page and making to-do lists (our favorite).
A great tool for scheduling meetings with colleagues without the back and forth e-mail. Students or co-workers cannot book time when you’re unavailable (time management win)!
Social media management
Use for social listening on Twitter specifically. Tweetdeck provides simple columnss to “listen” and monitor specific hashtags or searches on Twitter. Great for campus-wide hashtags and events — never miss a tweet!
A social media scheduling tool that allows you to tailor post updates for Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Update: Buffer has recently released Instagram direct scheduling, as well.
More than just an URL link shortener, it’s great for social media posts to understand how many clicks convert traffic to a website or form.
47. Learning Is Not A Sprint
Collins and Roberts discuss how to assess and document student leader learning in co-curricular involvement.
48. Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs
Jackson and Charleston highlight how the field of student affairs has grown and how to take diverse student needs into consideration through appropriate student development theories.
49. Decision’s Matter: Using a Decision-Making Framework with Contemporary Student Affairs Case Studies
Vaccaro and Champagne review a decision-making framework to support new student affairs professionals in ethical decision-making as well as solving complex problems they may face within their first few years on the job.
50. Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education
Holzweiss and Parrott address contemporary issues in higher ed that are not consistently addressed across master’s programs. For SA pros who are looking to further professional development at any level of leadership.
51. Presence Blog
Recommended read: Expert Inclusion Tips for the Beginner Facilitator