Professional Staff Development  

The division of Student Life employs 1,100 full-time staff with a diverse range of talents. Staff members from various professional fields and backgrounds work together to promote and implement the division’s principles of Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity on campus. Acquiring and developing high-caliber employees committed to the vision of the organization requires a continuous cycle of professional development offerings, which provide staff opportunities to grow within their current roles as well as toward future endeavors.

Various professional development opportunities are provided to staff through the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life. Some are listed below and some you will hear about through the year via email. This year’s theme for Student Life professional development is based on Gallup’s Strengths Based Leadership. According to the authors of this book, great managers (1) know their strengths, (2) build talented teams, and (3) meet the needs of their teams. All of this year’s trainings will incorporate components of these three aspects.

Opportunities within the Division

Strengths Finder Conversations

This could be for your team or for individual coaching purposes! There are also intro to Strengths Quest sessions offered Quarterly. The overall goal of these will be to focus on Strengths-Based Development. You will have the opportunity to work on team dynamics, leadership and employee engagement. This customized training will address your specific team needs utilizing the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and instructor-led facilitated session(s). There is a cost per participant for the assessment.

Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life

Are you interested in expanding on your professional experience? Do you enjoy working with student leaders through intentional mentorship? If so, consider advising a cooperative, fraternity, or sorority. Purdue University has one of the largest fraternity and sorority communities in the country and is home to 12 cooperative houses. These organizations focus on scholastic achievement, leadership development, philanthropy, service, and brother/sisterhood. If you are interested in more information about getting involved and becoming an advisor please contact Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life (FSCL) at or check out our website at

Student Activities and Organizations

We are inviting you to GETINVOLVED with Purdue University's student organizations. Student organizations are designed to enhance the out of classroom experiences for students. We currently have over 900 organizations in which students and members of the University community enjoy infinite opportunities from swing dancing and board games, to building robots and competing in a solar car challenge. Being an advisor has some responsibility and expectations all which can be found here

The following survey Faculty and Staff Advisor Interest Survey is designed to discover your interests and provide information on your talents. Please take a moment and complete all portions. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 494-1231.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Community Standards Board (CSB) is a process outlined in the University Regulations to resolve non-Title IX related student disciplinary matters that could result in expulsion or suspension from the university. Typical issues presented to the board involve academic integrity related matters and those involving alcohol and other drugs. In this role, you would serve as one of five panel members who would review information presented by the dean of students office and information presented by the responding student and make a determination on if a university regulation was violated, and if so, a recommendation on an appropriate sanction(s).

In this role you will have an opportunity to work with Purdue University students who are at a critical crisis point in their tenure at the institution. You will have an opportunity to utilize critical thinking skills, questioning techniques and conflict resolution strategies to make decisions that impact a student and their status and standing at Purdue. If you are interested in learning more about the CSB or would like to consider participating in a training session to serve in this role, please contact Associate Dean of Students Jeff Stefancic at

Contact Us

If you are looking to share feedback on trainings you would like to see, or if you wish to customize a training to fit the needs of your team, please contact Haley Cutler at to schedule a meeting with one of our facilitators. We will meet with you and discuss what you are looking for as well as your team needs to design a dynamic and interactive training to develop your team as a whole as well as members individually.

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