2019 NASPA Region III/SACSA New Professionals Institute

June 08 – June 13, 2019
University of North Carolina Charlotte

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About the Institute:

NPI - New Professionals Institute is the preeminent professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals in the south (we consider ‘new professionals’ anyone with five years or fewer of full-time experience in Student Affairs). Co-sponsored by NASPA Region III and SACSA, NPI is an intensive, interactive week of learning, sharing, networking and professional and personal development. This unique opportunity allows new professionals to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from others. It is a time of professional and personal renewal and assists new professionals in the development of their careers. NPI requires a commitment by the new professional to work intensively over five days with other new professionals and a team of more-seasoned faculty members. To assure that new professionals' participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by the current senior student affairs officer at his/her institution, registrants must have a letter of support submitted by the senior student affairs officer at the institution. Generally, there is a limit of two participants per institution.

Many institutions have used this Institute not only as a training ground for rising stars in the profession, but as a form of recognition for outstanding new professionals on their campus. Participants come from all areas of student affairs: student activities, orientation, career services, residential life, recreation, student conduct, accessibility services admissions, fraternity and sorority life, counseling, international services, and more!

Perspectives from Past NPI Participants: 

"NPI was without a doubt the most impactful experience I had as a new professional. Being able to connect with other new professionals, experienced leaders in the field, and discuss common issues, challenges, and opportunities for professional growth has made me a better supervisor, professional, and advocate for all students. The other members of my group and faculty leader are people I still lean on this day for advice and look forward to seeing at different conferences throughout the year. Without these connections and experiences I had at NPI, I do not think I would be in the position I am in today." -Ben Cecil

"As someone who did a career field change, I was constantly looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a higher education professional. NPI was everything I knew I wanted and needed, and way beyond my expectations. From networking and building lasting relationships with other professionals, to ethical leadership and learning how to navigate politics of the workforce, I absorbed an abundance of information and left feeling a more confident professional. Some of my favorite moments were when we met as a small group with no agenda, and our faculty member just let us talk. To this day, I reference the presentations and notes from NPI. Hands down, one of the most impactful and HAPPIEST experiences of my career." -Josclynn Brandon

Potential NPI Topics:

  • Career and Life Planning
  • Leadership
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Budgeting
  • Professional Standards
  • Navigation the politics of higher education
  • Professional associations and engagement
  • Critical and Current Issues in the profession
  • Leadership panels
  • Emerging research and theories
  • Effective goal setting
  • Collaborative environments
  • Transitioning to supervisory/administrative roles

Other Components of the NPI Experience:

  • Regular meetings with small mentoring groups facilitated by your faculty mentor
  • Individual consultations with seasoned professionals
  • Networking and social opportunities
  • There will be an optional 3-hour “Foundations of Student Affairs” session on the first day of NPI before we officially kick off the week. Participants interested in attending the pre-institute workshop will incur an additional cost of $50 and must arrive on campus on Saturday June 8 by 11am.

Participant Info 

The Application Process:

The application process for NPI 2019 is a three-step process:

1.     Each applicant must fill out an on-line application to include a high-resolution, photo head-shot (this will be included in the NPI Participant Manual).

2.     Each applicant must have an on-line letter of support completed by his/her senior student affairs officer. This step is to assure that the new professional's participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by his/her current administration.

3.     Submit payment by Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Note: All participants are expected to stay through the remainder of the Institute. Institute begins at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 8 and concludes at 10:00pm on Wednesday, June 12 for departures beginning the morning of June 13.
  • Registration fee and additional costs:
  • The baseline cost of NPI registration will be $650 for NASPA/SACSA members, with an additional $100 cost for non-members.
  • The fee includes Institute materials, 5 nights in housing with linens, and most meals. There will be one dinner on your own ($15-$20) with the option to explore Charlotte.  
  • Participants should bring cash to cover these costs.


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2019 NASPA Region III/SACSA New Professionals Institute


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    Dr. Ashley Spicer-Runnels

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    Texas A&M University-San Antonio

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  • Dr. Brett Carter

    Dr. Brett Carter

    Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
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  • Dr. Claire Brady

    Dr. Claire Brady

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  • Dr. Jason W. Umfress

    Dr. Jason W. Umfress

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