CORE COMPETENCY PLAN

ACPA and NASPA have developed a joint publication that outlines ten competency areas. At the start of our first semester, our cohort was charged with creating initial core competency plans that outlined the way in which we intended to grow in each competency area. My plan definitely shifted during my time at Florida State. Below is further explanation and evidence of my growth in each competency area. 

Advising and Helping 

Coursework

  • EDH5944: Academic Advising (Summer A Course, 2014)

Experience

  • Worked as an academic advising intern for Advising First during Summer 2014
  • Advised small group sessions of exploratory students regarding course mapping and major requirements during Summer 2014
  • Volunteered as the Philanthropy Adviser for Alpha Omicron Pi's Alpha Pi Chapter at Florida State during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Served as primary adviser for Smith Hall's Hall Government in 2013-2014 and co-adviser for Wildwood Hall's Hall Government in 2014-2015. This is a student-led organization that provides programming in the residence hall.

Future Plans

  • Advise a larger student organization during my first professional position

Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Coursework

  • EDF5481: Methods of Educational Research
  • SDS5624: American College Student

Experience

  • Developed and executed a small-scale research study regarding the effects of binge-watching on academics in SDS5624
  • Served as a Research Assistant for Dr. Bradley Cox during the 2013-2014 academic year
  • Served as a Research Assistant for Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner during Summer 2014
  • Analyzed previous program evaluations to access areas of improvement while working as an intern for Sisters of the Academy 
  • Presented a paper at ASHE 2014 on the topic of Latino/a Student Success and Institutional Policies with Dr. Bradley Cox (Institutional Policies: Supporting Latino/a Student Success)

Future Plans

  • Publish an article based on my ASHE 2014 presentation with Dr. Bradley Cox
  • Obtain my doctoral degree in Sociology

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Coursework

  • EDH5046: Diversity in Higher Education
  • EDH5931: Sociology of Higher Education

Experience

Future Plans

  • Continue participating in campus workshops to gain a more holistic understanding of various identities

Ethical Professional Practice

Coursework

  • EDH5630: Capstone in Higher Education

Experience

Future Plans

  • Continue to develop my personal understanding of my personal ethics and be able to articulate how they are used in practice

History, Philosophy, and Values

Coursework

  • EDH5051: Higher Education in America

Experience

  • Presented on one of the pioneers of the profession, Alice Freeman Palmer, during SDS5040
  • Utilized a values-based approach when discussing academic areas of interests with students while working as an academic advising intern during Summer 2014
  • Studied the higher education system of the United Kingdom in Summer 2014
  • Completed the StrengthsQuest assessment in Fall 2014

Future Plans

  • Develop a more thorough understanding of the history of the U.S. higher education system through independent study
  • Re-evaluate personal and professional values after the first year of my professional career

Human and Organizational Resources

Coursework

  • SDS5040: Student Personnel Work in Higher Education

Experience

  • Volunteered to assist with presentation technology and conference logistics for the 2014 Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values
  • Assisted in the training of different student staff positions, including: Resident Assistants, Desk Receptionists, and Night Staff Members
  • Completed timesheet paperwork for 14 Desk Receptionists on a bi-weekly basis during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Held bi-weekly 1:1 meetings with 18 Resident Assistants
  • Oversaw the hall budget of $5,000 including the allocution of funds and reimbursement processes
  • Worked with colleagues to plan August training for 150+ Resident Assistants

Future Plans

  • Serve as the direct supervisor for student staff and a graduate student
  • Work on departmental committee with a larger budget to oversee

Law, Policy, and Governance

Coursework

  • EDH5042: Student Success in College
  • EDH5048: Outcomes of Higher Education
  • EDH5931: Sociology of Higher Education

Experience

  • Presented a paper at ASHE 2014 on the topic of Latino/a Student Success and Institutional Policies with Dr. Bradley Cox (Institutional Policies: Supporting Latino/a Student Success)
  • Served on a 24/7 on-call duty rotation for emergencies and crisis management for a residential population of 3,200 students while working as an Assistant Coordinator for University Housing
  • Studied the higher education system of the United Kingdom in Summer 2014
  • Constructed an academic paper for EDH5042 focusing on best practices in University Housing and how student success can stem from established policies and practices

Future Plans

  • Develop a deeper understanding of legal aspects of higher education by taking an academic course that covers the topic 
  • Serve as a hearing officer for academic violations 

Leadership

Coursework

  • SDS5944: Internship (Teaching Assistant for Leadership in Groups and Communities)

Experience

  • Created an About Me infographic to demonstrate personal leadership and communication style to student staff
  • Led Resident Assistants through professional development activities 
  • Led class sessions and facilitated in-class activities while acting as a TA in Fall 2014

Future Plans

  • Lead a departmental committee during first professional position 
  • Participate in committees throughout the Division of Student Affairs during my first professional position
  • Serve in a leadership role for a regional association and participate in a knowledge community within NASPA

Personal Foundations

Coursework

  • SDS5040: Student Personnel Work in Higher Education
  • EDH5630: Capstone in Higher Education

Experience

Future Plans

  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities offered on campus 
  • Develop relationships outside the campus community to have a good work-life integration and maintain an appropriate level of self-care

Student Learning and Development

Coursework

  • EDH5045: Student Development Theories
  • EDH5944: Internship (Teaching Assistant for Leadership in Groups and Communities)

Experience

  • Created and delivered a presentation applying Gilligan's Theory of Women's Moral Development to a film with Elaine Giles, Eric Goins, and Justina Jones
  • Worked with colleagues to recreate University Housing's programming model which incorporated learning outcomes for all programming tenets
  • Attended ACPA 2014 and NASPA 2015 and participated in sessions that incorporated theory-to-practice

Future Plans

  • Take a doctoral level course on student development theories
  • Continue to connect student development theory to my everyday professional practice
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