Careers in Student Affairs Month

Careers in Student Affairs (CSAM) is a month-long initiative, each October. CSAM is dedicated to the celebration of a career in student affairs, education and awareness in the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field. More directly, the goals of Careers in Student Affairs Month are to:

  • Celebrate the field of student affairs through opportunities to reflect on individual journeys and experiences
  • Provide professional development for student affairs administrators in higher education
  • Encourage and promote the profession in order to grow the field of student affairs
  • Cultivate spaces for dialogue related to pertinent topics within student affairs

This year, the theme for #CSAM18 is Magnify Your Lens. As a field, student affairs and higher education has a scope that reaches farther than just our campus communities. Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM) 2018 explores the impact that members of the profession have on our students, our colleagues, and our communities on campus and beyond to create safer, more inclusive, and more productive communities for all.

During #CSAM18, NASPA will be providing a number of free professional development opportunities for student affairs administrators on their respective campuses. These include the following: 

  • Live briefings on relevant topics throughout the month
  • A blog series from all professional levels in student affairs via the Student Affairs Collective (SAC)
  • Weekly #SAChat on Twitter with SAC every Thursday
  • A weekday photo challenge

If you know anyone who might benefit from any of the following components, make sure to share this page with them!


Free 2018 CSAM Webcasts

During Careers in Student Affairs Month, NASPA will be sponsoring nine unique educational webinars geared towards different professional levels of student affairs administrators. Please click on the "webinar title" to learn more about each session and register to attend. Each webinar will be recorded and posted here following the livecasts. Please allow up to 24 hours following the livecast for the recordings to be posted.

Date Time Webinar Title Presenters
Wednesday, October 3 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT A Student Life Response to Gun Violence Dr. Katya Armistead
Wednesday, October 10 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT The Current State of Student Affairs Dr. Kevin Kruger & Dr. Penny Rue
Wednesday, October 17 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT Where Do We Fit In?: Graduate Students Working in California Community Colleges Betzabel Martinez & Amanda Garcia
Tuesday, October 23 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT Invasion of Privacy: Showing Up as Practitioners Beyond Campus Kirby Gibson, Karess Gillespie, Shaun Crisler, & Michael Riley
Thursday, October25 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT Supporting Undocumented Students in Higher Education Flavio Bravo & Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

Photo Challenge

Celebrate your profession, your students, and the amazing work you do by participating in the Photo Challenge. To participate, follow @naspapics, and each day post a picture in response to the unique prompt. Use your caption to explain how your photo reflects the prompt of the day. Tag @naspapics, #CSAM18, and #CSAMphotochallenge for a chance to get featured on the NASPA Instagram account and for a chance to win a prize!

Get ready by posting this photo on Instagram today and get all your friends and colleagues excited about #CSAM18! On #FreeSpaceFriday, we invite you to share your favorite moments from your time in the field, whether it is a flashback post to your first experiences as an undergraduate student yourself or your favorite moment from the week.

Start a Conversation

The Student Affairs Collective will host weekly Twitter chats to prompt conversations around various topics regarding careers in student affairs. In an attempt to start a national-level conversation and create a space for practitioners to engage in conversation to reflect on their experiences, head over to the Student Affairs Collective and join our #SAChat conversations in the month of October every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Read About Careers in Student Affairs

NASPA is offering a 20% discount on the newly released, Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education. Use code CSAM18 any time between October 1 and October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm EST to take advantage of this offer. Please note that this excludes shipping costs and cannot be combined with other offers.

Campus Resources

Below you will find three resources NASPA is offering to campuses this year during #CSAM18. This includes a list of ideas for activities, a sample agenda for a networking session, and a Photoshop file for a flyer template to publicize information for your campus.


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