2019 NASPA WRC: Assistant/Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Institute

November 02 – November 03, 2019
Portland, OR

This institute is for individuals who currently serve in a supporting role, or “number two,” to the institution’s highest-ranking student affairs officer. The curriculum will focus on career networking, discussions about current national topics and how it impacts our work.

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The AVP/DOS Institute is structured with ample opportunity for dialogue among participants. Facilitated discussions around relevant and timely issues affecting us in student affairs will provide opportunities to learn from experts including respected SSAOs in our regions, while also benefiting from the wisdom of fellow AVP/DOS colleagues as we engage in lively conversations about our shared challenges, unique perspectives, and innovative approaches relative to the featured topics.

Please note that the AVP/DOS Institute is designed for assistant and associate vice presidents and dean of student positions.

Whether you’re new to the field, or looking for a replenishing experience, we sincerely hope you’ll join us for the AVP/DOS Pre-Conference Institute!

Institute Goals and Learning Objectives

By participating in the activities and discussions associated with the Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents or Dean of Students Institute, you will be able to:

  • Connect with and develop a support network of peers at the AVP/DOS level;

  • Reflect on and practice methods for finding balance and achieving excellence in your role; and

  • Contrast how you approach your work with what SSAOs say they need from their #2s.


Presented By

Region V
Region VI


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”


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The curriculum for the AVP/DOS Institute will focus on topics such as career networking, discussions about current national topics and how it impacts our work, best practices in supporting a senior student affairs officer, as well as visioning and reflection around excelling in this role.

Sat, Nov 02

1:00pm – 1:15pm
1:15pm – 1:45pm
Introductory Stories—How did we get here?
1:45pm – 3:30pm
The State of Higher Ed: National Trends and Topics
3:30pm – 3:45pm
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Reflection & Balance in the #2 Role
Dr. Larry Roper
4:45pm – 5:15pm
Wrap Up
5:15pm – 6:15pm
All Institutes Reception

Sun, Nov 03

8:00am – 8:15am
Welcome Back
8:15am – 8:45am
Preparation for the Day
8:45am – 10:00am
Best Practices: Supporting Your VP
Dr. Chuck Lepper; Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan; Dr. Susie Brubaker-Cole
10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 10:45am
Visioning: Reflections on Excellence in the Role
10:45am – 11:45pm
Sharing Individual Goals, Sharing External Goals
11:45am – 12:00pm
Wrap Up


Space is limited so please register as soon as possible. All attendees must register for the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference to participate in the AVP/DOS Institute.

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AVP/DOS Pre-Conference Institute

Early-Bird Registration
05/01/2019 to 09/14/2019
Regular Registration
09/15/2019 to 10/14/2019
Late Registration
after 10/15/2019
NASPA Member

NASPA WRC Registration Fee

Early-Bird Registration
05/01/2019 to 09/14/2019
Regular Registration
09/15/2019 to 10/14/2019
Late Registration
after 10/15/2019
NASPA Member


Carmen Gold-Johnson
Conference Registration Chair
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Phone: 801-585-5065


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Cancellation Policy: 
The cancellation deadline is October 14, 2019. All requests for cancellations must be in writing and sent to Carmen Gold-Johnson at cgold@sa.utah.edu A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be provided after October 14, 2019. This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Payment Policy:
Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Substitution Policy:
Substitutions will be allowed until October 14, 2019, and are only allowed between registrants with the same membership type (member to member, non-member to non-member) and the same registration type (professional to professional, student to student). All requests for substitutions must be in writing and sent to Carmen Gold-Johnson at cgold@sa.utah.edu.


  • Kris Winter

    Kris Winter

    Associate Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students
    University of Oregon
  • Curt Larsen

    Curt Larsen

    Assistant Vice President for Student Life
    Salt Lake Community College


  • Dr. Chuck Lepper

    Dr. Chuck Lepper

    VP for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
    Salt Lake Community College

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Robin H. Holmes

    Dr. Robin H. Holmes

    VP for Student Life and Dean of Students
    Lewis and Clark College

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Susie Brubaker-Cole

    Dr. Susie Brubaker-Cole

    Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    Stanford University

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Larry Roper

    Dr. Larry Roper

    Professor - Language, Culture and Society
    Oregon State University

    Speaker Bio


Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, Oregon

The Hilton Portland Downtown has been newly redesigned with an inviting, vibrant lobby and rooms that incorporate a timeless and contemporary feel. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the MAX Light Rail system, the Hilton Portland Downtown offers easy access to the city’s top restaurants and attractions including the Portland Saturday Market, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Art Museum and Powell’s Bookstore.

AIRLINE DISCOUNT: We are excited to announce a discount on Alaska Airlines web fares for your travel to Portland. The discount code will be made available to conference attendees after they register for the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference!

ROOM RESERVATIONS: A block of rooms has been set aside at a rate of $195 per night plus taxes/fees. These rates are exclusively for conference attendees and subject to availability. Click on the link below to book your hotel room online, or call the toll-free reservation line at 1-800-HILTONS, be sure to mention NASPA or the group code NPA when making your reservation. The group rate will be available through October 14, 2019.

Book your Hotel room

PARKING: Due to the hotel’s location in Downtown Portland, please note that parking is extremely limited. There is no self-parking at the conference hotel (valet parking is $52/night). You may wish to consider off-site parking options.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 226-1611
$195 per night (plus taxes/fees)
  • Travel

    The Portland International Airport (7000 NE Airport Way Portland, OR  97218) is located approximately 12 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown.

  • Transportation

    Public Transportation
    The conference hotel is accessible from the airport via TriMet’s light rail MAX Red Line. The “Mall / SW 5th Ave” MAX Station is one block from the Hilton Portland Downtown (approximately a 45 minute ride).

    Shuttles, Taxis, and Rental Cars
    For more information regarding shuttles, taxi cab services, or rental car companies, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the Portland International Airport website

  • Weather

    Novembers tend to mark the start of the cool season in Portland, with temperatures ranging from 44°F to 58°F. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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