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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.
  • Speed Networking & 2nd Year Panel
    March 29th 1 – 3pm SC South Bayou City Room 219
    Calling all DSAES Graduate Assistants, this event is an opportunity for you to network with seasoned professionals within the division. There will also be a panel of 2nd year GAs ready to answer your questions about experiences in the DSAES in year 2. Refreshments will be served. For questions or to RSVP, email Ashley Brown.

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 wholeself to work!
  • Valentine’s Cards for Coworkers
    February 12th, 2018, 12-1pm at the Student CenterSouth Heights Room
    February 13th, 2018, 12-1pm at ERP

    Stop by these locations write down encouraging words for your coworkers. Your Message and a free treat will be delivered by the DSAES PDC on Valentine’s Day!
  • Lunch & Learn: Navigating Institutional Cultures
    April 27th, 2018, 12-1pm, Cougar Village II Large Conference Room
    Dr. Dan Maxwell will facilitate this discussion on learning how to understand and navigate institutional cultures. All DSAES staff are welcome. Lunch will be provided, an RSVP is required. Please contact Carrie Cooper to RSVP or for additional information.

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.

The LINK program begins in October and ends in May of each year. Applications for the next cohort will open in September 2018.

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.

SYNC events are intended for staff within their first year of employment within the Division; invitations will be sent directly to appropriate staff members to invite them to SYNC events.

  • DSAES Coffee Hour
    February 23rd 9:00am – 10:00am, SC South Heights Room
    Coffee hour will include networking opportunities, games, coffee, pastries and more!
  • New Professionals Reflection Luncheon
    Thursday, April 26th 11:30am – 12:30pm
    TBD - More details to come.

Sync events are for new employees of the DSAES, and are by invitation only. For questions, email 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 Part II: An institute designed to aid in navigating your first five years in the field
April 20th 9:00am – 1:00pm, Student Center South Space City Room 214

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.

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.

During spring 2018, this subcommittee will work on a topical training outline for mid-level managers. Topics include building organizational talent, goal setting, personality assessments, leadership styles and navigating university policies and responsibilities while learning how to motivate and support staff​. Please check back for details

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
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
Tajuanda Montreuil Urban Experience Program