Have you recently started a position in Student Affairs? Have you taken on new responsibilities within the Higher Education? Are you finding it difficult to understand if Student Affairs is right for you? If any of these are true for you we encourage you to consider attending the New Professionals Institute (NPI).
The New Professionals Institute (NPI) is a community based professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals (Five years or fewer of full-time experience in Student Affairs). This day and a half experience includes opportunities to share, engage, and connect with others while gaining knowledge through presentations, small group discussions, and personal reflections. Participants are engaged through a balanced and diverse curriculum while being supported by faculty mentors and fellow participants.
NPI will mirror the theme of the NASPA 4-W 2019 Regional Conference, "Moving Forward" but will also focus on Career Planning, Navigating Higher Education, Professional Development, and Skills to Develop as a New Professional. NPI will be from 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 27th until Monday, October 28th at 11:30 a.m.
Faculty for New Professional Institutie (NPI) are:
Dr. John Hoffman
Dr. John L. Hoffman assumed the role of vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Minnesota Crookston in July, 2018. As vice chancellor, John intends to capitalize on the strengths of faculty, student affairs educators, staff, and students in growing enrollment and enhancing student success.
Prior to joining UMC, John served as faculty at California State University where served as chair for the Department of Educational Leadership and the director of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program. Under his leadership, new student enrollment within the department grew by 29% while the department increased the racial and ethnic diversity of its students, reduced average time to degree, and increased graduation rates. Additionally, the proportion of course credits taught by faculty of color increased to 58% from 40% while the faculty achieved the highest composite student evaluations of instruction in the department’s history. Faculty members’ scholarly pursuits during this time resulted in over 100 scholarly and professional conference presentations, 40 refereed journal publications, 12 book chapters, two edited books, and more than $5 million in funded grants.
Early in his career, John served as dean of students at two private faith-based universities. Signature accomplishments from this period included closing the retention gap between white students and student of color from 12% to under 1%, increasing the retention rate for Latinx student by 12%, and increasing student satisfaction with student affairs including a 20% increase in satisfaction with student voice and a 15% increase for cultural programs.
John is profoundly blessed to be “partnered in the profession” as the husband of Dr. Joy Hoffman, who has worked for over 25 years in student affairs and multicultural affairs. He is the proud step-parent of two children, Hanna and CJ, and he takes equal pride in being the son of Clarence and Lynn Hoffman. John draws significant meaning from his faith and from having grown up in a small town in Western Iowa, and he attributes credit to each of these aspects of his personal life for his ongoing commitment to access, equity, and inclusion, to student success, and to the education of the whole person.
Maggie Towle M.A.
Maggie Towle is the Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Maggie provides leadership for 20 units to advance student success, promote an inclusive environment and enrich the campus community. Prior to her current role, Maggie was the University's associate vice provost for student life and director of Student Unions & Activities. She has served in student affairs managerial positions on the Twin Cities campus for over three decades.
Maggie has an M.A. in Education and Human Development from the University of St. Mary's and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota