NASPA Online Learning Community

Student Affairs at Small Colleges and Universities (January 21 - February 24, 2024)

Includes a Live Web Event on 01/24/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

Christa J. Porter, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate College & Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration

Kent State University

Christa J. Porter, Ph.D. (she/her) is an associate dean for the Graduate College and associate professor of higher education administration at Kent State University. As a leader, theorist, and critical qualitative researcher, her praxis is grounded in Black feminist and intersectional onto-epistemologies. Broadly, she examines trajectories of development, socialization, and praxis in higher education and student affairs. She has been nationally recognized for her scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service. In addition to her work appearing in various peer-reviewed journals, she co-edited four texts: Applying Black feminist epistemology, research, and Praxis: Narratives in and through the Academy (2023, Routledge); The State of Black Women in Higher Education: A Critical perspective 20 years later (2023, New Directions for Student Services); Small & Mighty: Student Affairs at Small Colleges and Universities (NASPA, 2023); and Cases Studies for Student Development Theory: Advancing Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education (2020, Routledge). 

Carolyn H. Livingston, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Carleton College

Carolyn H. Livingston, Ph.D.  (she/her) is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Carleton College. 

As a seasoned scholar-practitioner, In 2022, Dr. Livingston was named a Pillar of the Profession. Livingston also serves as the Institutional Liaison for the Posse Foundation and has more than twenty years of experience in higher education. She first worked at the University of Virginia and, prior to Carleton, at Emory University as senior associate vice president for campus life and Title IX coordinator for students. 

Dr. Livingston has served as the co-chair of the NASPA M. Ben Hogan Small Colleges and Universities Institute. Her research interests, publications, and teaching have addressed assessment and evaluation, first-generation and low-income students, staffing practices in higher education, accreditation, and strategic planning. Livingston completed her BS in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University and both an MA in counselor education and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.

Short Course runs from January 21, 2024, until February 21, 2024

The purpose of the short course is to illuminate the experiences of administrators at institutions with fewer than 5,000 students and explore critical opportunities and challenges facing small colleges and universities. Participants (e.g., institutional leaders, mid- and entry-level administrators, and HESA faculty) will be able to relate to, expand on, and innovatively address challenges and engage opportunities on their campuses.  Live sessions will feature guided panel discussions, case studies, and group work. The assigned text for the course is, Small and Mighty: Student affairs at small colleges and universities (NASPA, 2023); additional readings will be provided. 

Learning Outcomes: 

As a result of enrolling in this short course, participants will: 

  • Identify challenges and opportunities at small colleges and universities;
  • Engage in an interactive learning community with other entry-, mid-, and senior-level administrators at small colleges and universities; 
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities with senior-level administrators who will serve as panelists and speakers during live sessions.

The course consists of five live sessions, one per week. This is an opportunity for participants to connect with the faculty and engage in valuable dialogue around small colleges and universities. The session may not always be recorded based on content and interaction during the session. It's critical for registrants taking the course to attend the live session to make the most out of the experience during the course. 

Live sessions are scheduled for: 

January 24, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

January 31, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

February 7, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

February 14, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

February 21, 2024 @ 1 pm EST

This course is packed with content that will guide student affairs practitioners through the strategic and innovative work that professionals at small colleges and universities embrace. The course is designed through five modules, one per week. Modules and topics include: 

Week One: January 21-27, 2024                       Course Introduction, Syllabus Review, and Expectations

Week Two: January 28-February 3, 2024         Crucial Collaborations & Crisis Leadership

Week Three: February 4-10, 2024                    Strategic Innovations

Week Four: February 11-17, 2024                    Fiscal Sustainability 

Week Five: February 18-24, 2024                    Leveraging the Small College 

This content will not be available until 01/22/2024 at 9:01 PM (EST)