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 2021

Professional Development Events for Fall 2021
Date and Location Topic and Speaker Who Attends
Monday, Aug 9
12pm-4:30pm
Student Success Center 4044
Orientation All Students
Friday, Aug 13
8am-10am
Wilson Hall
Student Affairs Divisional Meeting 
Tim Miller
All Students
Thursday, Aug 19
8:30am-12pm
Madison Union Ballroom
New Graduate Student Orientation First Years
Monday, Aug 30
10am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Navigating Practica 
Hugh Brown
First Years
Monday, Sept 6
10am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Strength Finders
Student Leadership Center
Second Years
Monday, Sept 13
10am-11am
Madison Union 203
What you need to know about Discrimination, Harassment and Title IX 
Barbara Hetzel
First Years
Monday Sept 13
11am – 12pm
Madison Union 203
Title IX 
Barbara Hetzel
Second Years
Monday Sept 20
10am-12pm
Madison Hall 4010
Dealing with Students in Crisis 
Gloria Mast
First Years
Monday Sept 20
10am-12pm 
Madison Hall 4026
Legal Issues 
Nerissa Rouzer
Second Years
Monday Sept 27
10am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Ethics Game 
Dave Barnes
First Years
Monday Sept 27
10am-12pm
Madison Union 306
Fundraising and Financial Landscape 
Weston Hatfield
Second Years
Friday. Oct 1
12 noon
Lunch
D Hall
All Students
Monday Oct. 4
10am-12pm
Miller Hall G025 
QuestionPro
Amiee Stright
First Years
Monday Oct 18
10 am - 11 am           
Madison Union 304
Handshake Training & Interviewing 
University Career Center
First Years
Monday, Oct. 18
10am-11pm                                      
Madison Union 306
Resumes & Cover Letters 
University Career Center
Second Years
Monday, Oct. 18
11am-Noon                                    
Madison Union 306
Mindfulness/Stress Reliever
Shayna Finn
All Students
Monday, Oct. 25
10am-1pm
Madison Union 304
Assistantship Information First Years
Monday, Oct. 25
10am-11am
Madison Union 306
Fundraising and Financial Landscape  Second Years
Monday, Nov 1
10am-11am
Madison Union 304
Portfolio Motivation Second Years
Monday, Nov 1
11am-12pm
Madison Hall 4010
Portfolio Introduction
Kevin Meaney
First Years
November/TBD
Wintergreen Resort
VSSC Conference
Annual Conference
(Optional)
All Years
Monday, Nov 29
10:00-1:30 lunch
Madison Union 304
Assistantship Presentations First Years
Friday, Dec. 3
9-12, 1-4
Supervisors Offices
Assistantship Interviews First Years

Spring 2022

Professional Development Events for Spring 2022
Date and Location Topic and Speaker Who Attends
Friday, Jan 21
12:00
Lunch
D Hall
All Students
Friday, Jan. 28
8:30am-12:00pm
Madison Union 405
MASPA
Hugh Brown
All Students
Wednesday, Feb 2
10:00-12:00
Madison Union 304
Phone/Video Interviews & Summer Practica
University Career Center
First Years
Wednesday, Feb 2
10:00-12:00
Madison Union 304
Elevator Pitch
Student Leadership Center
Second Years
Wed, Feb 23
10am-12am
Madison Union 304
Emergency Recovery & Response Team Donna Harper All Students
March 6-8
St.Louis, Missouri
ACPA Conference All Students
March 19-23
Baltimore, MD
NASPA Annual Conference
(Optional)
All Students
March 23
9am-4pm
JMU Festival
Diversity Conference All Students
Wed, March 30
10am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Benefits & Salary
JMU HR Team
Second Years
Fri, April 15
12pm
Lunch D Hall All Students
Wed, April 20
10am-11am
Madison Union 304
Student Affairs
Tim Miller
First Years
Wed, April 20
11am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Student Affairs
Tim Miller
Second Years
Fri, May 4
11am-12pm
Madison Union 304
Transition into 2nd year 
Kevin Meaney
First Years
Friday, May 4
10am-12pm
Madison Union 306
Transition Panel Second Years