Professional Development

The Professional Development Series has been implemented to provide opportunities for CSPA students to expand their learning experiences. Attendance and participation are required and considered in determining the student's grade for the practicum course. All part-time students must meet this requirement under the direction of their adviser.

Assistantship and practicum schedules should not interfere with these professional development sessions. Please coordinate this with your respective supervisors. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you must contact your CSPA adviser. You may be required to attend an additional workshop or write a related paper on the subject missed.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar for Professional Development.

Fall 2020

Professional Development Events for Fall 2020
Date and Location Topic and Speaker Who Attends
Monday, Aug 10
12pm-4:30pm
Student Success Center 4044
Orientation All Students
Thursday, Aug 13
8:30am-12pm
Madison Union Ballroom
New Graduate Student Orientation First Years
Monday, Aug 31
10am
WebEx
Transition into 2nd year
Kevin Meaney
Second Years
Monday, Aug 31
10am-12pm
Madison Union 206
Navigating Practica 
Canceled
First Years
Friday, Sept 4th
7:30-10:00
Zoom
Student Affairs Divisional Meeting 
Tim Miller
All Students
Monday, Sept 7
10:00-12:00
TBD
Strength Finders
Student Leadership Center
Second Years
Monday Sept 14
10am – 11am
Madison Union 206
What you need to know about Discrimination, Harassment and Title IX 
Barbara Hetzel
First Years
Monday Sept 14
11am-12pm
Madison Union 206
Title IX 
Barbara Hetzel
Second Years
Monday Sept 21
10am-12pm 
Madison Hall 4010
Dealing with Students in Crisis 
TBD
First Years
Monday Sept 21
10am-12pm
Madison Hall 4028
Legal Issues 
Nerissa Rouzer
Second Years
Monday Sept 28
10am-12pm
Madison Union 206
Ethics Game 
Dave Barnes
First Years
Monday Sept 28
10am-12pm
Madison Union 203
Fundraising and Financial Landscape 
Weston Hatfield
Second Years
Friday. Oct 2
12:00
Lunch
D Hall
All Students
Monday Oct. 5
10am-12pm
TBD
QuestionPro
Amiee Stright
First Years
Monday Oct 19
10am-12pm
Madison Union 206
Supervising Students 
Chris Ehrhart
First Years
Monday, Oct. 19
10am-12pm 
Madison Union 203
Resumes & Cover Letters 
TBD
Second Years
Monday, Oct. 26
10am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Myers-Briggs 
Hugh Brown
First Years
Monday, Nov 2
10am-11am
Madison Union 304
Portfolio Introduction
Kevin Meaney
First Years
Monday, Nov 2
10am-11am
Madison Union 206
Assistantships and Practicums 
TBD
First Years
Monday, Nov 2
11am-12pm
Madison Hall. 4010
Portfolio Motivation 
Kevin Meaney
Second Years
November18-20
Wintergreen Resort
VSSC Conference
Annual Conference
(Optional)
All Students
Monday, Dec 1
10:00-1:30 lunch
Madison Union 402
Assistantship Presentations First Years
Friday, Dec. 4
9-12, 1-4
Supervisors Offices
Assistantship Interviews First Years

Spring 2021

Professional Development Events for Spring 2021
Date and Location Topic and Speaker Who Attends
Jan 12-15
9am-5pm
Lakeview Room
Assessment 101 
CARS Faculty
All Students
Wed, Jan 13
10am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Phone/Video Interviews & Summer Practica
TBD
First Years
Friday, Jan 22
12:00
Lunch
D Hall
All Students
Friday, Jan. 29
8:30am-12:00pm
Madison Union 304
MASPA
Hugh Brown
All Students
Wednesday, Feb 10
10:00-12:00
Madison Union 304
Emergency Recover & Response Team
Donna Harper
All Students
Wed, Feb 20
10am-12am
Madison Union 304
Elevator Pitch
Student Leadership Center
Second Years
March 2-5
Nashville, TN
ACPA Conference All Students
Wednesday, March 18
8am-4:30pm
Festival
Diversity Conference All Students
March 28 – April 1
Austin, TX
NASPA Annual Conference
(Optional)
All Students
Wed, March 31
10am-12am
Madison Union 304
Benefits & Salary 
JMU HR Team
Second Years
Wed, April 14
10am-11am
Madison Union 306
Student Affairs
Tim Miller
First Years
Wed, April 14
11am-12pm
Madison Union 306
Student Affairs
Tim Miller
Second Years
Wed, April 21
10am-12pm
Madison Union 203
Transition 
Kevin Meaney
First Years
Wed, April 21
10am-12pm
Madison Union 306
Transition 
Panel
Second Years
Friday, April 23
12:00
Lunch
D Hall
All Students