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Professional Development Committee

The DSAES Professional Development Committee (PDC) coordinates learning opportunities for all staff members within the Division on topics pertaining to trends in higher education, student development, professional growth and other topics tied to the Student Success mission. In addition, the Professional Development Committee also works to develop and coordinate annual celebrations such as the DSAES Winter Social and the DSAES End of the Year Awards Luncheon.

The DSAES PDC is pleased to offer the following development opportunities:

DSAES Practice - A series of activities related to the latest hot topics and current issues arising in higher education.

This semester, the PDC will offer a series of Electronic Resource Toolkits for staff members related to a variety of hot topics. Toolkit topics, links and dates of availability are listed below:

DSAES GRADsuccess - Graduate Assistants will be able to incorporate student affairs and enrollment management competencies, prepare for job acquisition, and network with professionals.

  • Professionalism in the Workplace
    November 9th 12 – 1pm, Impact Room, Student Center North 113
    This Brown Bag lunch workshop will cover important topics such as: professional dress, composing and responding to emails. A member of University Career Services will lead this dynamic workshop. *participants are welcome to bring their lunch, dessert and drinks will be provided
  • Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
    November 15th 2 – 3pm, Heights Room Student Center South 224
    This workshop will be facilitated by staff from University Career Services and will include important tips and recommendations for tailoring resumes and cover letters during the job search process.
  • Mock Interviews (The Placement Exchange (TPE) Prep Session)
    February 7, 2018 2 – 4pm, Location TBA
  • The Second Year GA Experience: A Panel Discussion
    April 2018 TBA

DSAES Enrich - An ongoing series of workshops and activities to better yourself as a person and professional with experiences such as wellness and authenticity at work.

  • Work Life Negotiation
    October 24th, 2-3pm UH Wellness Center Classroom
    Facilitated by a member of the UH Wellness staff, this discussion will help participants to learn ways to better negotiation between work and personal life. *Coffee and tea provided
  • Bringing Your whole Self to Work
    December 7th, 12-1pm Impact Room- Student Center North 113
    Join us for a brown bag lunch and art project to explore your values and discuss what it means to bring your whole self to work!
  • Valentine’s Cards for Coworkers
    February 12th-13th, 2018, 12-1pm Student Center South Near Food Court
    Stop by the Student Center South (near the food court) to write down encouraging words for your coworkers. Your Message and a free treat will be delivered by the DSAES PDC on Valentine’s Day!
  • Dealing with Burnout
    April 27th 12-1pm, Location TBA
    Join us for this brown bag lunch to learn and share on how to deal with burnout. *Dessert will be provided

DSAES LINK (Mentor Program) - Pair with experienced and excelling staff members to develop career and leadership skills through support, networking opportunities, and professional development training.

Applications for the 2017-2018 mentor program are now open:

Program Application Timeline

  • Applications Due: October 6th by 5pm
  • Applicants Notified: by Friday, October 13th
  • LINK Orientation: Tuesday, October 17th 2-3pm, SC South Midtown Room 262 (*selected applicants only)

Applications can be found online on Get Involved (Professional Development Committee’s Page), or they can be accessed below:

If you have any questions, you may contact

DSAES Sync - Receive a welcome package with digital orientation and engage in sessions to meet other colleagues and understand the culture of the University and Division. *For new DSAES Employees.

  • DSAES Coffee Hour
    September 29th, 9-10am Student Center South Downtown Room 261
    Coffee hour will include networking opportunities, games, coffee, pastries and more!
  • New Professionals Reflection Lunch
    Friday, December 8th; 12:00 – 1:00pm; Student Center South Heights Room
    New Professionals will be engaged in an interactive discussion on best practices, lessons learned, and things to learn in the field and at UH. Lunch will be provided, an RSVP is required by Friday, December 1st to Lauren Sposato.

DSAES Exchange - New professionals in the field can participate in this institute to learn personal and professional development lessons from seasoned colleagues, to improve effectiveness within the first five years.

This semester, the PDC is pleased to offer the following opportunity:

The Exchange: An institute designed to aid in navigating your first five years in the field
October 20th, 9am-12pm Student Center South Bayou City Room

This half-day institute will focus on a variety of topics related to personal and professional development specifically for staff within their first 5 years in the field. Two half-day sessions will be offered, don’t miss out on this opportunity! For details or to register, email Niya Blair at

DSAES Navigate - This specialized training series is to help supervisors navigate university policies and responsibilities, while learning how to best support their staff by developing new management and leadership skills.

This year the PDC is pleased to offer the following opportunities:

FML Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
November 9, 2017 12-1pm Student Center South Midtown Room 262

Facilitated by staff from Human Resources, this session will provide information regarding the FML policy as well as provide an opportunity for Q&A

DSAES Navigate Winter Summit
Day One: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 1-4pm
Day Two: Thursday, January 11th 1-4pm
Location: University Career Services- Student Service Center 1 Room 106 (Building #524 on the campus map)

Day One: Coaching, Discipline & Documentation is a leadership training course designed to develop and demonstrate effective strategies for coaching and disciplining employees; and documenting those issues, in order to better manage employee performance. Specifically, strategies for using FOSA (Facts, Objectives, Solution and Actions) to better administer coaching, discipline and documentation are explored.

Following this course, participants will be better able to:

  • Employ the use the FOSA method with confidence
  • Understand HR documentation policies and procedures
  • Recognize and respond to coaching opportunities among staff

*Participants must have at least one direct report and be responsible for the direct report’s ePerformance

Day Two: Talent Acquisition Management. Description: Strategies for attracting, sourcing and recruiting; applicant /candidate assessment, compliance and hiring standards, and employer branding. Also, an overview of the Taleo applicant tracking system and university onboarding process.

Participant level/Audience: Employees who want to improve their talent acquisition and recruiting skills.

HR Leader and Presenter: Ms. Clausezette Davis, HR Business Partner for DSAES

*New and experienced supervisors, search committee members or any staff interested in learning about UH’s hiring and interview process are welcome to attend

Please check back here soon for details on upcoming workshops, activities and opportunities related to these areas!

Membership Roster

Dr. Devan Ford-McCartney (Chair) Women & Gender Resource Center
Dr. Tina Powellson (Co-Chair) Center for Student Involvement
Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal UH Wellness
Niya Blair Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Lauren Sposato Student Centers
Cassandra Johnson Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
Ja’Nelle King Center for Student Involvement
John Shiflet Cougars in Recovery
Brian Hall Student Housing & Residential Life
Hope Pacheco Dean of Students Office
Monica Thompson University Career Services
Asia Woods Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
Carrie Cooper Student Housing & Residential Life
Stephen Reynolds DSAES Marketing & Communications
Alex Hersperger Dean of Students Office
Marlene Villarreal Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid
Ashley Brown Office of the University Registrar
Javaria Saeed Campus Solutions Services