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Student Development provides programs and services that foster an inclusive, nurturing, and challenging community; optimizes transformative student learning and leadership; builds a safe and supportive campus; fosters the emotional growth and personal development of students for a lifelong commitment to personal and social responsibility, and makes a positive contribution to the overall student experience.

Student Development professionals foster student success through learning opportunities that result in the following outcomes:

  • Students persist and achieve academically
  • Students communicate effectively
  • Students appreciate and respect diversity
  • Students promote and practice wellness
  • Students solve problems creatively
  • Students lead with integrity
  • Students serve the local and global community
  • Students live life with passion and compassion

Guiding Values/Principles

As professionals in the field of student affairs, the student development staff subscribe to a core set of beliefs that informs and guides us in carrying out our daily responsibilities and in working with colleagues, students, and other constituents.

Through words and actions, the student development staff aspire to serve students and treat student, campus colleagues, and other key constituencies with honesty, respect, and civility.

As a staff, we value:

  • Excellence
  • Compassion
  • Intercultural awareness and inclusion
  • Risk taking, innovation and the ability to recognize failure as part of the learning process
  • Responsibility, accountability, and integrity
  • Education and development of the whole person
  • Life-long learning and positive change

Core Competencies

  • Professional Expertise
    • Aware of history, values, and philosophy of Student Affairs as a profession
    • Keep up with current trends in higher education
    • Understand an apply student development theories and research based practices
    • Recognize need for student involvement to contribute to student learning
    • Understand the Wittenberg student culture
    • Familiar with legal and ethical history and issues that affect student involvement
    • Act in accordance with prevailing legal and ethical principles
    • Proactive in seeking professional development opportunities
    • Involved in professional organizations
  • Adviser
    • Act as an advocate for students and student organizations
    • Facilitate connections
    • Provide guidance to individuals and groups
    • Facilitate problem-solving, decision-making, and goal setting
    • Serves as a resource of university knowledge: policies, procedures, processes
    • Challenge students and colleagues effectively
    • Establish appropriate rapport with students and other advisers
    • Understand group and system dynamics
  • Leader
    • Exhibit active listening and effective communication skills
    • Facilitate positive and transformative change
    • Role model ethical behavior and values congruence
    • Demonstrate working productively as part of a team
    • Collaborate and engage in networking and mentoring relationships
    • Manage resources effectively (technology, facilities, human resources, fiscal resources)
    • Understand theoretical models of leadership and apply them appropriately in the workplace
    • Help to create and support student leaders
  • Innovator
    • Progress area by asking questions and challenging the status quo
    • Pursue avenues to implement new technologies to enhance student learning
    • Conduct research and assessment to improve practice
    • Stay current with ever changing dynamics of student population
  • Intercultural awareness and inclusion
    • Understand diverse groups
    • Be aware of the impact attitudes, values, beliefs, assumptions, biases, identity, heritage, and life experiences have on our work
    • Design culturally relevant, inclusive programs, policies and practices
    • Take responsibility to expand cultural knowledge especially as it related to specific and relevant cultural issues on campus
  • Educator
    • Complement and accent the academic mission of the institution
    • Prepare students to be life-long learners
    • Offer purposeful and developmental co-curricular experiences for students
    • Identify, construct, and assess learning outcomes

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