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ACPA’s Mid-Level Community of Practice (MLCOP) is to encourage, develop, and deliver programs and services focused on the needs of mid-level professionals in student affairs and higher education.
The purposes for MLCOP are:
- To provide programs and services for the unique needs of mid-level professionals.
- To foster a community of practice that will sustain and enrich mid-level professionals throughout the year.
- To provide ongoing professional development opportunities through convention programs, leadership opportunities within ACPA, webinars, publications, and other forms of programming throughout the year designed for mid-level professionals.
During the 2012 ACPA July Leadership Meeting, the idea of creating an entity group to support mid-level professionals within ACPA began while Dr. Alice Mitchell was serving on the ACPA Governing Board as the member-at-large for mid-level professionals. Working along with Dr. Susan Sullivan, the member-at-large-elect for mid-level professionals, they began working with ACPA to establish the Mid-Level Community of Practice.
In March 2013, Mitchell drafted a proposal to the ACPA President Kathleen Kerr to establish an entity group for mid-level professionals. It was then approved by the ACPA Governing Board to establish a three year pilot entity called Mid-Level Community of Practice (MLCOP).
Over the next year Mitchell, Sullivan, and Dave Zamansky begin the work to formalize MLCOP as an established entity within ACPA. Dr. Nicky Damania was brought onto the team and worked on establishing an online presence and professional development opportunities.
In spring of 2013, the ACPA Governing Board revised its bylaws and recognized a Community of Practice as a standalone entity group. Finally on August 12, 2013, ACPA announced the establishment of Mid-Level Community of Practice to its membership.
Zamansky was appointed to serve as the first Chair, while Mitchell and Sullivan served as the representatives from the ACPA Governing Board.
Soon a group of 13 ACPA mid-level professionals were nominated, selected, and accepted to serve as the first directorate for ACPA’s first community of Practice, MLCOP (March 2014-March 2015). Those 13 individuals were: Alex Becking, Georgia Tech; Kristin Carpenter, University of New Hampshire; Jennifer Cox, Longwood University; Nicky Damania, University of Nevada, Reno; Kristin Dees, California Lutheran University; Lisa Evaneski, State University of New York at Oswego; Joe Halter, University of Colorado-Denver; Nate Hastings, University of New Hampshire; Beth John, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Kia Kuresman, National Labor College; Benjamin Meoz, California Polytechnic State University; Jen Rentschler, University of Georgia; Jeanne Sevigny, State University of New York at Oswego.
The directorate worked hard over the next year to establish itself through programs at convention, webinars, article discussions, and more.
how we define Mid-Level Professional
Recognizing that many definitions or conceptualizations exist, MLCOP defines mid-level professionals as those with more than five years of full-time experience in higher education who are not senior professionals. The mid-level is a broad categorization. Recognizing this breadth, within this mid-level it is possible that formal or informal subgroups might develop to represent those who are early, mid, or senior within the mid-level itself. If such subgroups develop better to focus on programs and services designed for mid-level professionals, we welcome and encourage the formation of such subgroups.
For some professionals, mid-level is a position at which they wish to remain for their professional careers. The reasons for doing so are as unique as the individuals themselves and which may encompass not only professional concerns but personal concerns as well. Likewise, some professionals see the mid-level as a stepping-stone to senior level opportunities. It is for this broad group of mid-level professionals that the MLCOP wishes to offer programs and services designed to enrich their professional practice.
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upcoming MLCOP events
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Get Involved in mlcop
Become a member of the Mid-Level 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!
- Login to your ACPA Member Account
- Click on Community Groups (Chatter)
- Click Groups
- Click Active Groups
- Find the entity you want to join and within that group, click +Join
Contact MLCOP via email at [email protected] to learn more about ACPA’s Mid-Level Community of Practice.
Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:
- Become a Regional Ambassador
- 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
The depth and quality of work by student affairs educators, higher education scholars, and faculty colleagues too often goes unrecognized. Get Involved with MLCoP 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 colleague!
Outstanding Contributions within the Mid-Level Community of Practice
This award recognizes contributions made by an individual or group currently active in MLCOP. The recipient(s) of this award will have created a body of work throughout the year that further expands the mission of MLCOP.
Outstanding Commitment to the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Strategic Imperative for Social Justice and Decolonization.
Outstanding Contributions to Mid-Level Professionals
This award recognizes contributions made by a person or group outside of MLCOP benefiting the Mid-Level Professional Community. Mid-Level Professionals are those who have been in the field for more than five years and are not a Senior Student Affairs Officer. Note: The winner of this award does not need to be a member of MLCOP.
Outstanding Research, Contribution and/or Scholarship
This award recognizes research by individuals currently practicing within Student Affairs in areas applicable to mid-level managers in higher education. Research should contribute to the expansion of the profession’s body of knowledge concerning mid-level student affairs professionals, and bring greater understanding to the learning or development of the organization and administration of student affairs practice.
Overall Recognition Award
This award recognizes contributions observed by a member of MLCOP benefiting the Mid-Level Professional Community. Mid-Level Professionals are those who have been in the field for more than five years and are not a Senior Student Affairs Officer. Note: Only members active within MLCOP can nominate a person(s) for this award. However, the recipient does not have to be a MLCOP member.