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Professional Staff Development

The division of Student Life employs 900+ 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.

Opportunities within the Division

See below for professional development opportunities within Student Life.

Strengths-Finder Conversations

This opportunity could be for your team or for individual coaching purposes. There are also StrengthsQuest 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 per-participant fee 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, a fraternity or a sorority. Purdue has one of the largest Greek 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 becoming an advisor, please contact Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life (FSCL) via email or check out the FSCL website.

Student Activities and Organizations

We are inviting you to get involved with Purdue' s student organizations, which 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. For faculty and staff interested in getting involved in an advisory capacity, please contact the Student Activities and Organizations office at 765-494-1231.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Community Standards Board (CSB) has outlined a process in the University Regulations to resolve student disciplinary matters not related to Title IX 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.

As a CSB member, you would serve as one of five panel members who would review information presented by the Office of the Dean of Students and information presented by the responding student, make a determination on whether a University regulation was violated and, if so, make a recommendation on an appropriate sanction or appropriate sanctions.

In this role, you will have an opportunity to work with Purdue 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 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 Jeff Stafancic, associate dean of students, via email.

Contact Us

If you are looking to share feedback about trainings you would like to see, or if you wish to customize a training to fit the needs of your team, please contact Michelle Jansen via email to schedule a meeting with one of our HR Business Partners. 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 regimen.