Approximately half of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals, and 40% have less than three years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute to address the knowledge and skills emerging professionals desire as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis. This institute includes several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with sveeral of today’s leaders in higher education and student affairs as resident faculty and small group facilitators.
This institute is named in honor of Ms. Mable, a highly respected educator and leader in student affairs for the past four decades. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Longwood University (Virginia), and Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Phyllis Mable served as ACPA President from 1979-80.
Curriculum is focused on identifying and discussing the complexities facing our work on college campuses.
Highly interactive learning environment using presentations, case studies, discussions, and small group work with institute faculty.
Sessions dedicated to skill enhancement in the following areas:
Understanding campus cultures - external and internal influences
Finding your place within your organization
Having the difficult conversations
Being a supervisee and supervisor
Identifying additional needed knowledge and skill areas
Giving and receiving effective feedback and performance appraisals
Thinking about future career possibilities
Participating in on-going professional development opportunities
Host Institution Requirements
In order to host the Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute, your institution must commit to providing and coordinating the following services in the most budget conscious way possible:
• Complimentary meeting space (Large group meeting space for a minimum of 50 people, and at least 4 breakout spaces in close proximity to the large group meeting space.)
• Complimentary audio and visual
• Coordination of institute logistics (i.e., room reservation, directions, signs, meals)
In the cases of institutions which are located more than 25 miles from a major airport, assistance with ground transportation costs for participants is welcomed and encouraged.