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Professional Development

Call for Proposals: 

The University of Northern Iowa Student Affairs Professional Development Committee (SAPDC) is seeking session proposals for the fall 2014 conference to be held on Wednesday, November 19th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Maucker Union.

The SAPDC is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will contribute to our staff’s performance as well as our divisional goals. Conference participants will be looking to learn ideas from your presentation to take back to their department to improve their own skills and abilities.

The theme of this semester’s conference is Maximizing Effectiveness. Your conference session will be 60 minutes. We suggest that you present for 30-45 minutes with 30-15 minutes for Q & A.

To submit a proposal for consideration, click here. Proposal deadline is Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:00 p.m.


The Professional Development Committee was developed to support and communicate the professional development opportunities for Student Affairs staff. Committee members include:

  • Chair - Shelley Matthews         Ashley Brickley         Renae Carrillo        Carol Fletcher                                     
  • Timothy Klatt                           Roxanne Klepper      Anna McGee          Rachel Jones
  • Jennifer Suchan                       Todd Thomas          


Professional Development Opportunities


Inside Higher Ed Webinar (FREE): Educating Nontraditional Students
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Online - for details & event registration, click here

SA Professional Development Session: Exploring Student Engagement

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Location: CME Conference Room
Presenters: Nick Rafanello, Assistant Director of Residence Life
Session description:
What is student engagement?  Is it different than student involvement?  How do we engage students?
This session will be focused on discussing student engagement at UNI.  Specifically, we will look at
the data available to us regarding how our students engage with the university, each other, and how we
can continue to foster student engagement at UNI.  We will take time to look at the current demographics
of our students, collaboratively brainstorm ideas and develop partnerships in which we can continue
to reach our students, and provide meaningful opportunities to develop skills both for university life
and beyond.

To register, click here.


SA Professional Development Session: Violence Prevention and Support: What’s Your Role?
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: CME Room, 109A
Presenters: Joan Thompson, Health Educator/Victim Services Advocate and Mark
                  Rowe-Barth, Associate Director/Student Wellness

Session description:
Why is violence prevention and support such a critical topic in higher education? We all have a role to play in addressing this issue and creating an environment
for our students, faculty and staff that promotes respect and mutual consent.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the seriousness of the problem (overview and general 
  • Describe key student prevention initiatives at UNI
  • Engage in interactive bystander discussions utilizing the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model 
  • Describe the services available to students who have been victims of relationship violence.

To register, click here.


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