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Our Mission

The Commission for Academic Affairs provides outreach, advocacy, and professional development opportunities to individuals in higher education who work in or with academic affairs related areas. Our members connect academic and student development practices to holistically educate students. In addition to working closely with professionals and students in the field, we interact with faculty from all disciplines to promote comprehensive student development.

Our Goals

  • To promote best practices in student development throughout the academic affairs setting
  • To provide a niche for the interests of academic affairs professionals
  • To foster collaborative relationships between academic affairs and student affairs professionals by linking academic practices with student development
  • To identify emerging issues within academic affairs and provide members with easy access to information regarding current issues and trends
  • To initiate networking opportunities, encourage research, and develop scholarship pertinent to the field.

Commission Info

  • Our Commission evolved out of the National Association of Academic Administrators (AcAfAd). The group merged in 1968.
  • The Commission has approximately 200 members. Currently there are 12 Directorate members.
  • Commission members represent a broad spectrum of professional activities and responsibilities. A number of members work in academic affairs areas such as academic policy administration, program coordination, academic integrity, research supervision, programming for at-risk students, and teaching.
  • Some of our commission members have a student affairs functional area as their primary professional role and interest, and we are a secondary area of interest, important to supporting their primary work area.

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Meet the Directorate

Christina      Wright-Fields
Christina Wright-Fields


Marist College

Gloria Howell
Gloria Howell


Indiana University Bloomington

T. Lynn Hogan
T. Lynn Hogan

Faculty In Residence, Vice Chair for Scholarly Development & Faculty Outreach

Florida State University

Ivanna Colon
Ivanna Colon

Vice Chair for Sponsored Programs

Rochester Institute of Technology

Ceceilia Parnther
Ceceilia Parnther

Vice Chair Special Projects & Initiatives

St. John’s University


Dr. Shetina M. Jones
Dr. Shetina M. Jones

Vice Chair, Commission Awards


 Cathy Carlson
Cathy Carlson

Vice Chair of Membership & Recruitment

Bentley University

Emily Kashka
Emily Kashka

Vice Chair for Technology & Communication

Drexel University


Katherine Madden
Katherine Madden

Webinars Chair

University of Michigan

Get Involved

Concerned about issues in Academic Affairs? Become a member of The Commission for Academic Affairs of ACPA. Support student learning in higher education by helping to share knowledge of best practices, policies, and programs for academic affairs professionals and the higher education community.

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 one of the CAA co-chairs, Ana Castillo-Nye ( or Christina Wright Fields (, to learn more about ACPA’s Commission for Academic Affairs.

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

  • Join our listserv (sign up under “my profile” in the ACPA membership area)
  • Attend our open business meeting at the annual ACPA convention
  • Review conference programs for the annual convention
  • Submit a sponsored program proposal for the annual convention
  • Host a webinar
  • Submit a proposal for a paper to be published on our website
  • Tell us how the Commission for Academic Affairs Administrators can help you in your professional journey

caA Awards

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

Nominations for the 2022 Awards season are being accepted through 30 November 2021!

Coalition-Builder Award

In the spirit of collaboration, this award recognizes an individual who actively seeks out and engages various departmental units across academic, faculty, and student affairs and support, in order to build effective and collaborative working relationships at their institution.

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes an individual new to the field (1-3 years) working in an academic affairs or academic affairs related position, who has already made significant contributions to the association or the profession and demonstrates potential for leadership and continuing service.