Senior level community of practice

With the transition from the Commission for Administrative Leadership to the Senior-Level Community of Practice, we have updates to make to our website!! Please come back often as we make changes and add new content.

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the ACPA Senior-Level Community of Practice (SLCoP). We are thrilled to have your voice and energy in helping us support the mission of ACPA and the SLCoP. Take the time to look through our pages and don’t hesitate to tell us how you want to get involved today.

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

Our Mission

ACPA’s Senior-Level Community of Practice (SLCoP) engages senior-level higher education professionals through purposeful relationship building, identifying and collaborating around emerging issues in higher education, and creating and sharing signature professional development experiences.

our vision

ACPA’s Senior-Level Community of Practice is higher education’s most engaging, supportive, and connected community for senior-level colleagues across the profession.

brief history

1961 // President-elect Melvene D. Hardee creates the ACPA Commission system with Gordon Klopf during the summer of 1961. The Commissions were activated to develop the 1963 Boston, MA convention program. Originally, 12 Commissions were established, with the modern-day Senior-Level Community of Practice created as “Commission I.”

1973 // Commission I known as, “Commission I – Organization, Administration and Development of Student Personnel Services.” The date this additional descriptor was added is not known.

1980 // Commission I shares The Management Primer, a new publication from the commission, with more that 600 graduate student attendees of the national convention in Boston, MA.

1983 // Commission I and Commission III (Wellness) co-sponsor the “Task Force for Handicapped Services,” precursor to Standing Committee for Disability (2000) and the current Coalition for (Dis)Ability (2016). From 1989 until 1996, the Task Force operated as a group within Commission I.

1986 // Under the leadership of President Charles Schroeder, Commission I officially renamed the Commission for Administrative Leadership in November of 1986 during the mid-year Executive Council meetings held in St. Louis, MO.

2011 // CAL celebrates 50 years of service to at the ACPA11 Convention in Baltimore, MD. 

2021 // The ACPA Governing Board approves transitioning the Commission for Administrative Leadership into the new ACPA Senior-Level Community of Practice.

2021 // The Commission for Administrative Leadership / ACPA Senior-Level Community of Practice celebrates 60 years of service to ACPA at the ACPA21 Convention – A Virtual Experience.

how we define Senior-Level Professional

ACPA’s Senior-Level Community of Practice (SLCoP) defines senior-level professionals as those who serve in senior roles by position title. Included are colleagues with titles from ‘Director,’ up to and encompassing top-level titles like, ‘Vice President,’ ‘Vice Chancellor,’ ‘Provost,’ and ‘President or Chancellor.’ Included are all higher education professionals who serve in the Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) role, regardless of institutional title, institutional size, type, or structure. Additionally, SLCoP seeks to serve higher education colleagues who might self-identify as a senior professional based on years of service, regardless of their current position title or responsibilities. Although primarily focused on the needs of the aforementioned professionals, and in line with ACPA’s commitment to continuous professional development and personal growth, SLCoP welcomes all members of ACPA who are interested in our work and who might aspire to a senior-level role in higher education.

Senior-Level Support Network

The ACPA Senior-Level Community of Practice coordinates and hosts the ACPA Senior-Level Support Network. Our monthly conversations exist to discuss concerns and issues facing those in leadership positions across institutional size, type, and location. These low-key conversations are broadly themed with space for additional topics, relationship building, and unique or shared questions. Conversations are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month at 3:00pm ET. Pre-registration required. Register to receive the access link(s) to the monthly conversations taking place.

News & Updates

Cal 2019 Convention

Cal at #ACPA19 – Boston, Massachusetts (USA) Each year, the Commission for Administrative Leadership plays an active role in the ACPA Convention through program sponsorships, directorate meetings, and networking opportunities to support our mission. At the 2019...

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upcoming SLCOP events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Meet the Directorate

Troy L. Seppelt, Ed.D.
Troy L. Seppelt, Ed.D.

Chair

he/him/his

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

[email protected]

Juliette Duke
Juliette Duke

Co-Lead, Educational Offerings

she/her/hers

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

[email protected]

Shammah Bermudez, Ed.D.
Shammah Bermudez, Ed.D.

Co-Lead, Educational Offerings

he/him/his

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

shammah.bermudez
@mitchellhamline.edu

Bianca hicks
Bianca hicks

Co-Lead, Outreach and Communication

she/her/hers

Walsh University

[email protected]

Lindy Stein
Lindy Stein

Co-Lead, Outreach and Communication

she/her/hers

University of Colorado Boulder

[email protected]

Matthew Gregory
Matthew Gregory

Lead, Membership

he/him/his

Labouré College

Matthew_Gregory
@laboure.edu

Past Leadership

Many amazing colleagues have called Commision I, the Commission for Administrative Leadership, and the Senior-Level Community of Practice their professional home within ACPA. We honor their service and are thankful for all they contributed. Here is the list of colleagues who have served as Chair of Commission I, the Commission for Administrative Leadership, and now the ACPA Senior-Level Community of Practice (SLCoP).

2020- Troy L. Seppelt

2018-2020 – Gwen Schimek-Tischler

2016-2018 – Tricia Schwery Smith

2014-2016 – Francy Magee

2012-2014 – Melinda S. Farmer 

2010-2012 – Timothy W. Gordon 

2008-2010 – Kent Sampson 

2006-2008 – Laura Bayless 

2004-2006 – Steven C. Sutton

1998-2000 – Carla E. Jones 

1996-1998 – Tom Jackson, Jr (ACPA President, 2009-2010)

1994-1996 – Deborrah Hebert

1992-1994 – Sue Saunders

1990-1992 – Jean Paratore (ACPA President, 1998-1999)

1988-1990 – Sally Watson

1986-1988 – David Ostroth

1984-1986 – Art Shriberg

1982-1984 – Fred Brodzinski

1980-1982 – Thomas J. Grites

1978-1980 – Jay R. Stormer

1976-1978 – David T. Borland (ACPA President, 1981-1982)

1974-1976 – William A. Bryan (ACPA President, 1984-1985)

1972-1974 – Robert Lawrence

1969-1972 – Robert Matron

1967-1969 – John J. Wittich

1966-1967 – Burns Crookston

Get Involved in slcop

The Senior-Level Community of Practice (SLCoP) is always looking for interested colleagues or nominees for it’s next class of Directorate Body leaders. If you are interested in becoming more involved with SLCoP, and would like to help shape the direction in which we will move in the future, apply to become a member of the directorate today. Directorate Body members serve a three-year term.

For any questions, please contact Matthew Gregory, Lead for Membership for the Senior-Level Community of Practice, at [email protected]

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 APAN via email at [email protected] to learn more about ACPA’s Senior-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

Additional involvement opportunities

slcop Awards

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

Start gathering information today and get ready to recognize colleague!

 
Senior Level Professional Award

This award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of a senior student affairs professional who has contributed to their campus, the profession, as well as the association/SLCoP. Specifically nominees for this award should have:

  • Served a minimum of 10 years in the profession with progressively more responsible leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating a campus environment that promotes student learning and professional development
  • Outstanding individual contribution in innovative and responsive services and programs that address varied and emerging needs of students.
  • Provided significant leadership in addressing issues and making contributions to their respective institution and the profession.
Mid-Level Professional Award
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating a campus environment that promotes student learning and professional development
  • Outstanding individual contribution in innovative and responsive services and programs that address varied and emerging needs of students
  • Significant contributions to their institution and the profession.
  • Must have at least five years as a full-time practitioner at an institution of higher education.
Outstanding New Professional Award
  • May not have served more than three years in a full-time position at an institution of higher education.
  • Significant contributions to their current institution and potential for future contributions to the profession.
  • Has performed all aspects of their job in an exemplary manner
Award for Excellence in Institutional Change
  • Recognizes group or division having collectively tackled a substantial institutional change project through the development of some new effort shown to produce exemplary results.
  • Both the challenge being addressed and the results being produced are informed by significant assessment data at the appropriate level within the institution.
  • Efforts recognized are those that can be illustrated as having embedded themselves within institutional culture so as to sustain the change and the results that have been produced.
  • Nominee must include multiple individuals from within the same institution of higher education, at least one of whom must be a current ACPA member.
Distinguished Service to the Senior-Level Community of Practice
  • Has served the Community of Practice for at least three years.
  • Has held a variety of leadership positions within SLCoP.
  • Is dedicated to the mission of the SLCoPand goes above and beyond when working for the SLCoP.
  • Must be a current member of ACPA and the Senior-Level Community of Practice.