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ACPA Growing Knowledge Series-Critical Student Affairs Pedagogy: Classroom Teaching Practices of Student Affairs Educators

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-5

The Growing Knowledge Series (GKS) creates a pathway for those who have completed their dissertation, but never published, to share their scholarship with the profession through a hosted webinar. This collaborative effort of our three Communities of Practice is positioned to benefit practitioners and scholars alike, creating a space to share new knowledge frequently left on the shelf. Join Dr. Michael Drucker, Associate Director of Academic Support and Development at New York University, as he discusses classroom teaching practices of student affairs educators through a critical pedagogy lens.

After nearly 100 years, student affairs’ educational role in colleges and universities continues to be debated (ACPA, 1937; McCaughey & Welsh, 2021; Penney, 1969;). While student affairs personnel, at the field’s origins, contributed to student learning through outside-the-classroom experiences (Long, 2012), student affairs educators are increasingly serving as instructors in classroom settings (Skipper, 2017; Young & Hopp, 2014). No literature has studied the experiences of student affairs educators who create and maintain a pedagogy for classroom teaching. Using critical, hermeneutic phenomenology, this dissertation explored the lived experiences of student affairs educators’ pedagogy. Following Peoples’ (2021) six-step process of analysis, the data revealed five major themes: (a) student affairs educators’ belief in co-creation of knowledge, (b) putting their beliefs to practice through facilitation techniques, (c) developing students for serving the interests of a greater good, (d) personal influences, doubts, and motivations for their pedagogies, and (e) cultural and structural challenges to enacting student affairs pedagogy. A discussion and interpretation considered the participants’ pedagogies as an expression of critical pedagogy as contextualized by critical pedagogy scholarship (hooks, 1994, Freire, 1971) and contemporary culturally engaging and critical publications in student affairs (Museus, 2013; Quaye et al., 2018).

Registration Fees:

$10 for ACPA Individual Members
$10 for ACPA Chapter Only Members
$10 for Non-Members

REGISTER HERE to attend this webinar on Friday Apr 5 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST).

ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies:
Social Justice and Inclusion; Student Learning and Development; Values, Philosophy, and History


Presenter: Dr. Michael Drucker (he/they), Associate Director of Academic Support and Development, New York University

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