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Professional Development: AD


New Assistant Directors will work with the Associate Director of Residential Life and the other Assistant Directors to learn the specific responsibilities and procedures required of the position.

Career/Skill Development

Assistant Directors are encouraged to continue their growth and development of their professional skill set.  They have the opportunity to implement initiatives to enhance the program and services of the department and/or University. Some areas that have been explored include transfer students, gender-neutral housing, assessment, physical facilities and sexual assault training.

Departmental Committees

Assistant Directors serve as mentors to departmental committees and as Residential Life representatives on University committees.  Departmental committees include: RA Selection, RA Training, RD Search, Residential Life Training & Development and Social Justice Education.  University committees include: University Transportation, Personal Safety, University Events, Eating Awareness, etc.


Once ADs 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.

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