NASPA Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence (SERVE) Academy

Announcing the 2018-2020 Cohort.
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Meet the 2017-2019 Cohort.

Meet the 2016-2018 Cohort.

Program Description:

The NASPA Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence (SERVE) Academy is a year and a half long program for mid-to-senior level professionals who want to gain knowledge about, and strategies for, enhancing their NASPA leadership and volunteer experiences and fully experiencing their professional association. For the duration of the program, the selected participants, representing the diversity of the NASPA membership, will gain additional knowledge and skills centered on executive development, mentorship, association management, and volunteer service. Their experience will also include a semi-structured mentoring relationship with a past NASPA leader. Potential topics for the SERVE include:

  • Association Governance and Non-profit Management
  • Association Finance, Strategic Partnerships, and Fundraising
  • Member Services, Member Engagement, and Component Relations
  • Professional Competencies, Content Development, and Online Learning
  • Research and Policy Initiatives and Activities
  • A leadership assessment (e.g., DiSC/Emotional Intelligence/Leading from self, others)
  • Leading with and for your peers

The cohort who completes the NASPA SERVE Academy will be able to:

  • Gain deeper knowledge of association management and NASPA’s role in higher education
  • Expand network of colleagues to collaborate with in leadership and association experience
  • Explore ways to be involved more deeply in NASPA as a member
  • Define leadership for self and how to lead a set of peers
  • Identify individual plans for future volunteer leadership goals

Benefits of Participation

Being selected to participate in this Academy has many inherent benefits. Some of the more tangible benefits are listed below:

  • In-Person Orientation and Overview at the NASPA Office in Washington, DC from September 24-26, 2019, with all expenses covered
  • Registration waived for the 2020 and 2021 NASPA Annual Conferences
  • Mentorship with a past NASPA Board of Director Member
  • Individual opportunities to network with key professionals in the field
  • Recognition in the field as a member of this select group


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the program, please feel free to contact staff contact Nathan Victoria.

Application Process

Want to learn more about the SERVE Academy from members of the advisory board as well as current and previous cohort members? Watch the recording of our recent live briefing here.

Applications are now open for the 2019-2021 SERVE Academy class. Applications will close on July 18, 2019.

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