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

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.

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. 

2017 // The association 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.

ACPA Ambassador Program

Ambassadors are graduate students and new professionals working on campuses internationally to expand the knowledge of ACPA through a curriculum-based engagement experience. Our virtual program requires Ambassadors to serve as a liaison to their campuses and professional networks regarding ACPA-specific content, maintain virtual presence in the Community of Practice and enhance its vision and goals, and, if attending, volunteer at ACPA’s annual convention. During a designated cohort term, Ambassadors engage in valuable networking and professional development opportunities and are also prepared for future engagement and leadership roles in ACPA. Click on the Get Involved section to learn more about the application process.

To contact the Ambassadors team, email us at [email protected]. You can also learn more about our program and connect with us through our social media:

Have you been a part of the Ambassadors Program in the past? Please join our LinkedIn Alumni Network!

The 8th Vector

The 8th Vector is a student affairs and higher education-related blog created by GSNPCOP. It has been historically known as a newsletter and has undergone many changes to draw interest and provide an effective resource for our members.

The blog features the work of graduate students and new professionals in higher education in any form: traditional articles, op-eds, posters, podcasts, poetry, art, and more. We will showcase any content or resources members would like to share with others. Materials are gathered on a rolling basis and will be published to the site upon 8th Vector Team approval.

If you have questions or feedback contact us at [email protected].

News & Updates

Recordings of Past Webinars

October 2020
First Year Out: Work Your Plan, Plan Your Work (COVID-19 edition)

February 2020 (Co-Sponsored with the Commission for Student Conduct & Legal Issues)
Student Affairs Legal 101 for Graduate Students and New Professionals 

October 2019
Making It Happen: Latinx Doctoral Students’ Experiences Navigating the Terminal Degree 

October 2019
Perspectives on Writing and Publishing for Graduate Students

September 2019 (Co-Sponsored with the Commission for Student Involvement)
Advising a Student Programming Board as a New Professional

June 2019 (Co-Sponsored with the Mid-Level Community of Practice)
Supervising the “Current Generation”: Millennials & Generation Z!

upcoming events

emPOWER hour

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Meet the Directorate

Tye Wesley

Chair

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Radford University

Ambassador Team

Julie Townley

Vice Chair

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University of North Texas

Zith Toth-Gaddis

Assistant Vice Chair

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St. Olaf College

Olivia Maldonado

Assistant Vice Chair

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Radford University

Antonia Tway

Coordinator

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Rose Glenn

Coordinator

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Rick Cazzato Jr.

Coordinator

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Washington University in St. Louis

Tamarah Frank

Coordinator

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University of Colorado – Boulder

Brandon E. Rodriguez

Coordinator

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Oregon Institute of Technology

Cortlyn Raymond

Coordinator

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Pitzer College

Oksana Maksimov

Coordinator

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External Affairs Team

Jasmyne Channel

Vice Chair

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University of Oregon

Hannah White

Coordinator of Scholarships

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University of Oregon

Taylor Swan

Coordinator for Sponsored Programs

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Vriginia Tech

Networking Team

Tavarius (Tav) Horne

Vice Chair

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University of Washington

Alex Rosenbery

Coordinator for Convention Colleagues

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Clemson University

Emily Rasch

Coordinator for Socials

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Southern Methodist University

Operations Team

Luke Klefstad

Vice Chair

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Carleton College

Briana Fleming

Coordinator for 8th Vector - Editor

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Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Beck Hawkins

Coordinator for 8th Vector - Marketing

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Holly Loberg

Coordinator for Records & Website

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Riverland Community College

Jordan Williams

Coordinator for Assessment

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Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Development Team

Jess Shapiro

Vice Chair

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Ithaca College

Stella Wang

Coordinator for Professional Engagement

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University of Louisville

Rachelle Brown

Coordinator for Professional Engagement

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University of Memphis

Zachary Smith

Coordinator for Professional Engagement

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Macalester College

Hannah Aksamit

Coordinator for Special Events

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California Polytechnic State University

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 an Ambassador
  • Submit to the 8th Vector
  • Attend our open business meeting at the annual ACPA convention
  • Review program proposals for the Convention
  • Submit a sponsored program proposal for Convention
  • Host a webinar

Additional Involvement Opportunities

ACPA Ambassadors

Individuals interested in serving as an Ambassador must apply and be selected for our cohort-style program. There are either one or two cohorts offered each academic year before annual convention begins. An update will be posted to this website and our various social media accounts regarding each cohort’s application process. Should you have any questions regarding our next cohort application process, please email [email protected].

Note: being an ACPA member at the time of application is not a requirement.

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.

Start gathering information today and get ready to recognize colleagues!

Nominations will close November 1, 2021.

 
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 five 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 an outstanding 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 an outstanding 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.

Unsung Hero Award

This award is given to a graduate student or new professional initiating and leading action to remove barriers and improve equity and access in higher education. They constantly seek to improve the campus environment to enhance the experience of historically underrepresented student populations through concrete action in their communities.

Advancing Equity Award

This award is given to a graduate student or new professional initiating and leading action to remove barriers and improve equity in higher education. This person is dedicated to researching, understanding, and improving systemic barriers to historically underrepresented students. 

 

Call for Awards Reviewers

We are looking for volunteers to review award nominations for our convention awards. Once award nominations close, we will send you an email with more details and instructions.