Graduate student and new professionals community of practice

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the ACPA Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice (GSNPCOP). Take some time to look through our content and don’t hesitate to share how you’d like to get involved. Use the menu below to jump to a section of interest. 

Please contact us at [email protected] or connect with the members of our Directorate Body with questions or ideas.

Our Mission

The Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice (GSNPCOP) is one of the entity groups within ACPA charged to develop and deliver year-round programs and services focused on enriching and supporting the needs of graduate students and new professionals in student affairs and higher education.

Our Vision

GSNPCOP strives to be the centralized gateway, network, and resource for graduate students and new professionals that elevates current issues, addresses institutionalized culture, produces scholarly work, and implements innovative practices that promote systemic change in order to transform higher education and student affairs.

our history

1988 // The Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice (GSNPCOP) was created as a standing committee through the work of 1987’s Graduate Student Member-at-Large, Anne Eskridge. The purpose of this standing committee was to create a system of support for graduate students and new professionals in ACPA by recognizing the need to have affordable convention registration, housing options, as well as programs and events focused on graduate students.

2011 // The Standing Committee matured to a more defined Directorate structure with positions and requisite skills defined.  Communication with the Standing Committee constituency was improved by an improved newsletter, including regular versions made available online through the ACPA homepage. The “inverted funnel model” of leadership development through the Standing Committee was introduced. The goal was to enable graduate students and new professionals to move in to the Standing Committee up through the Directorate and on to positions of great responsibility within the Association.

2015 // The Standing Committee transitioned to be a Coalition. The change represented several positive advances the Standing Committee was able to accomplish for the support of graduate students and new professionals within the field of student affairs. While working as a Coalition, Graduate Students and New Professionals helped emphasized the importance of partnership and collaboration and helped make our entity group more inclusive to the entirety of our membership.

2017 // After conversations with ACPA in 2017, it was decided that a Coalition was not the best place for Graduate Student and New Professionals. Shortly after, Communities of Practices were established, and one Community of Practice was established for Mid-Level Professionals. In the summer of that same year, the Coalition officially changed its name to the Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice.

Newsletters

Front page of the newsletter

February 2024

Front page of the GSNP newsletter

November/December 2023

Front page of the GSNP newsletter

October 2023

Front page of the GSNP newsletter

September 2023

Front page of the GSNP newsletter

2022-23 Year in Review

 News & Updates

Apply to Serve as an ACPA23 Graduate Intern
Apply to Serve as an ACPA23 Graduate Intern

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 OCTOBER 2022 ACPA is excited to recruit Graduate Interns to assist with the execution of the ACPA Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Convention Interns assist with numerous administrative responsibilities related to the execution of...

read more

upcoming events

“Leader Identity Development of Black Men: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study” Webinar

Join Dr. Michael Daniels, Director of the E. Timothy Moore Student Multicultural Center at Kent State University, as he explores the experiences of undergraduate Black men in formal leadership roles […]

Find out more

Meet the Directorate

Julie Townley
Julie Townley

Chair

she/her/hers

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Tye Wesley
Tye Wesley

Past Chair

she/her/hers

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Convention Experience Team

J Ravancho
J Ravancho

Vice Chair

They/Them/Theirs

Miami University

Ally Keller
Ally Keller

Coordinator, Special Events

She/Her/Hers

Louisiana State University

McKenzie Kitzmiller
McKenzie Kitzmiller

Coordinator, Special Events

She/Her/Hers

Clemson University

Nick Malendowski
Nick Malendowski

Coordinator, Ambassadors

He/Him/His

Eastern Michigan University

Rose Glenn
Rose Glenn

Coordinator, Ambassadors

She/Her/Hers

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Sydney Rubin
Sydney Rubin

Coordinator, Awards & Scholarships

She/Her/Hers

Lehigh University

Networking Team

Taylor Swan
Taylor Swan

Vice Chair

She/Her/Hers

Virginia Tech

Allison L. Garcia
Allison L. Garcia

Coordinator, Member Engagement

She/Her/Hers

University of the Incarnate Word

Vacant
Vacant

Coordinator, Member Engagement

Vacant
Vacant

Coordinator, Cross-Org Involvement

Maddy Wilson
Maddy Wilson

Coordinator, Cross-Org Involvement

She/Her/Hers

University of Iowa

Operations Team

Liv Maldonado
Liv Maldonado

Vice Chair

She/Her/Hers

Appalachian State University

Steven Feldman
Steven Feldman

Coordinator, Records & Website

He/They

Indiana University Bloomington

Jon McCullough
Jon McCullough

Coordinator, Assessment

He/Him/His

The Ohio State University

Michael Chapman
Michael Chapman

Coordinator, Communications

He/Him/His

Colorado State University

Professional Development Team

Alex Rosenbery
Alex Rosenbery

Vice Chair

They/Them/Theirs

Duke University

Blanca Moncada
Blanca Moncada

Coordinator, Professional Engagement

She/Her/Ella

University of San Francisco

Kirwin Seger
Kirwin Seger

Coordinator, Professional Engagement

He/Him/His

Hofstra University

Adam Coshal
Adam Coshal

Coordinator, Professional Engagement

They/Them/Theirs

Duke University

Vacant
Vacant

Coordinator, Special Events

Vacant
Vacant

Coordinator, Special Events

Get Involved in gsnpcop

Become a member of the Graduate Students & New Professionals Community of Practice! Actively participate in opportunities that provide resources and support to members, both personally and professionally, with care, respect, and encouragement.

Ready to join?

Joining an Entity through the ACPA Member Portal automatically identifies you as a member of that Entity! You will begin to receive Entity communications through their respective email listserv and have access to any resources they share!

  1. Login to your ACPA Member Account
  2. Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
  3. Click Groups
  4. Click Active Groups
  5. Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join

Contact GSNPCOP via email at [email protected] to learn more about ACPA’s Graduate Students & New Professionals Community of Practice.

Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:

  • Become a Convention Ambassador
  • Attend our open business meeting and awards session at the annual ACPA convention
  • Submit a program proposal for Convention
  • Review award and scholarship submissions
  • Host a webinar

Additional Involvement Opportunities

ACPA Convention Ambassadors

Please check back soon for more information.

Submit to Present in the Growing Knowledge Series!

Submit to Present in the Growing Knowledge Series!

Recently successfully defended your dissertation? Undecided about working toward an article, but looking for a way to share your dissertation scholarship? Never published your recent dissertation research? The Growing Knowledge Series is for YOU!! This new offering...

read more
Apply to join the GSNPCOP Directorate!

Apply to join the GSNPCOP Directorate!

We are currently seeking to fill all of our Coordinator positions on our Directorate for the 2022-2023 cycle. Before completing the application, please be sure you have reviewed the Directorate Interest Packet for Coordinator Positions. For full consideration, please...

read more

GSNPCoP Scholarships

ACPA’s Graduate Student and New Professional Community of Practice is once again offering scholarships for ACPA24 and ACPA membership!

The Convention Registration Scholarship is offered to graduate students and new professionals planning to attend ACPA24. This scholarship covers the cost of registration at the regular rate. The application deadline for this scholarship has passed.

Apply for our Convention Flat-Rate Scholarship! This scholarship covers other financial needs associated with Convention other than registration (such as hotel, meals, airfare etc.) that may not be included under professional development funding. The application deadline for this scholarship has passed.

The ACPA Membership Scholarship is intended for grad students or new professionals who are unable to attend ACPA24 due to financial or other reasons. This scholarship will provide a year-long membership to ACPA for the recipient. The application deadline for this scholarship has passed.

Additionally, we are looking for scholarship reviewers for these annual scholarships! If anyone would like to be a reviewer, please let us know by completing the application. The application deadline to be a reviewer has passed.

 

GSNPCoP Awards

The depth and quality of work by student affairs educators, higher education scholars, and faculty colleagues too often goes unrecognized. Get Involved with GSNPCOP by recognizing and nominating a colleague, supervisor or supervisee, mentor, or other leader for an Award by November 5th.

 

The Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice (GSNP-COP) honors 7 individuals with the following awards during the ACPA 2024 Chicago.

Outstanding Master’s Student

This award is given to a current master’s degree student in a higher education or student affairs-related program. The recipient of this award will have made a positive contribution (either through research or service to the profession) to the field of student affairs and/or has made significant contributions to their graduate program and institution.

Outstanding Doctoral Student

This award is given to a current doctoral student in a higher education or student affairs-related program. The recipient of this award will have made a positive contribution (either through research or service to the profession) to the field of student affairs and/or has made significant contributions to their graduate program and institution.

Outstanding New Professional

This award is given to an individual in their first three years of professional (post-graduate) employment. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their department, institution, and the field of student affairs (either through research or professional service). This individual should demonstrate a propensity for developing students and utilizing theory in practice.

Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students

This award is given to a student affairs professional or graduate preparation faculty member who goes above and beyond in their efforts to provide guidance and support to graduate students in higher education or a student affairs related graduate program.

Outstanding Mentor to New Professionals

This award is given to a student affairs professional who goes above and beyond in their efforts to provide guidance and support to new practitioners in the field of Student Affairs.

Outstanding Dedication to Professional Service

This award is given to a new professional or graduate student in higher education or a student affairs related field who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the field of student affairs through involvement in professional associations (both local, regional,and national), committees, conferences, and/or graduate program recruitment.

Racial Justice and Decolonization Research Excellence Award

This award is given to a practitioner or researcher within Student Affairs who has dedicated research hours and/or publications related to the Strategic Imperative on Racial Justice and Decolonization. Research should highlight the progression or action steps outlined by the Strategic Imperative.