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Professional Development

Binghamton Residential Life provides staff with a number of professional development opportunities to ensure staff are successful in their respective positions.  Below you will find some general opportunities that are provided ACD/ARC, CD/RD, and AD, staff members.  Please select the link to find opportunities for specific positions:



The Assistant Community Directors, Assistant Resident Coordinators, Resident Directors, Community Director, and New Assistant Directors participate in a comprehensive training program prior to fall opening.  Additionally, staff receive on-going training throughout the academic year.

Career/Skill Development

All Resident Directors and Community Directors participate in a professional development opportunity which allows staff to gain additional experience, further develop skill-sets, and create or enhance bridges to other departments within the University. 

Assistant Directors are encouraged to continue their growth and development of their professional skill set. 

Departmental Committees

Each Assistant Community Director, Assistant Resident Coordinator, Resident Director and Community Director serves on a departmental committee. Returning staff members may have the opportunity to serve as co-chair of their committee.

Assistant Directors serve as mentors to departmental committees and as Residential Life representatives on University committees. 


Once RDs and CDs have acclimated to the department and University, they may consider some additional opportunities such as instructing a 2-credit First-Year or Senior-Year Experience course or serving as a student conduct hearing board chair.

Helpful Links

Below is a listing of links to get involved with professional organizations locally and regionally.Conferences attended by staff include:  ACUHO-I, ACPA, CSPA, NACA, NACADA, NASPA, NEACUHO (Annual, Diversity Retreat, Drive-In, LGBT & Friends Retreat, Mid Levels Professional, New Professional, Operations, Professionals of Color & Allies Retreat, and Women's Winter Renewal) and NODA.

American College Personnel Association

Association of College and University Officers-International

College Student Personnel Association

North Eastern Association of College and Campus University Housing Officers

National Academic Advising Association

National Orientation Directors Association

National Association for Campus Activities

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Southern Tier Young Professionals


Last Updated: 7/18/14