Spring Brownbag Series

Spring Brownbag Series

The Division of Student Affairs encourages staff at all levels to pursue research and develop best practices for the field. Many of our professionals and graduate assistants presented at local, regional, and national conferences over the last academic year. We invite the campus community to share in those experiences and have asked the presenters to replicate their presentations on our campus for a brownbag series. All SMU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend however seating is limited in the Health Center Classroom (enter from the north entrance). You can download the entire calendar file to add them to your calendar. Opening the file on your computer should open with your default calendaring application. You can also right-click on the file and choose "open with" and identify the program you'd like.

 Please note the date changes for the last two sessions below! 

calendar iconUniversally Espoused Greek Values on College and University Campuses: Commonplace or Coincidence

April 21 at 12:00pm; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Dr. Ashley Tull, Clinical Associate Professor, Higher Education EdD Program and Andrew Shaw, Brittany Barker, Taylor Sandoval, Graduate Assistants

Greek organizations espouse a variety of values. The degree to which these are in line with a well-defined and universally recognized system of values is unknown. Schwartz's Motivational Types of Values (2012) served as a theoretical framework for our study to examine the espoused values of 137 fraternities and sororities. Universal classification types included self-enhancement, openness to change, self-transcendence, and conservation. This program contributes new knowledge on Greek values and their importance.

Originally presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX

calendar iconYou Got One Thousand “Likes” ... So What? 

April 24 at 11:00am; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Erica Zamora, Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

Many departments and universities focus heavily on social media to get the word out about their events, upcoming deadlines, and basic information. But once this presence is built, what can you do with the metrics? And how can you gather even more information from your followers?  This session will provide attendees with basic tools and ideas not only about gathering and presenting metrics from social media, but also ideas for effectively leveraging your data for assessment and advocacy purposes.

Originally presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX

calendar iconBlack Girl Magic: Successfully Navigating your First Job Search

May 2 at 12:00pm; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Charlotte McLoud, Residential Community Director


This workshop focusing on navigating the job search process from the perspectives of Black women currently in the field.  As extensive research and narratives indicates, Black women seeking employment are faced with unique challenges and experiences.  This workshop will explore the narratives of others as well as cover the application process, identifying non-negotiables, mentorship and institutional fit, as well as offsetting bias and campus politics. 

Originally accepted to ACPA PAN Summit Pre-Convention

calendar iconWelcoming new faces and fresh perspectives: faculty leader transitions in the residential college

May 9 at 12:00pm; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Ty Krueger, Residential Community Director 

The transition process for faculty leadership can set the tone for many years to come. A thorough, thoughtful, and progressive onboarding experience is the key to success! Hear from stories from the trenches, as two residential colleges manage the transition process.

Originally presented at Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers in Little Rock, AR

calendar iconBuilding a Rock-Solid Leadership Team: Looking Beyond RAs

May 15 at 12:00pm; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Trevor Sutton, Matt Nadler, Madison Mucci-Ferris, Residential Community Directors

There are so many areas to cover when creating a safe and inclusive learning environment in your Residence Halls. It’s time to work smarter and not harder by expanding your leadership team beyond just RAs. This program will look at how to best use students already in your building to grow your leadership team and work collaboratively with campus partners to form a solid foundation for student development and growth.

Originally presented at Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers in Little Rock, AR

calendar iconHire for Attitude: Using and Constructing Behavioral Interview Questions 

May 26 at 11:00am; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Ele Luna, Associate Director of Residence Life

After years of doing the same old song and dance, we found ourselves leaving interviews without enough information about the candidate, so we made a series of changes that has led us to make better hiring choices for the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and experiences important to success at our institution. In this session, I will help you identify your make or break attitudes and craft behavioral interview questions to help you find the best person for your team. 

Originally presented at Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers in Little Rock, AR

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Using Gamification to Increase Student Engagement and Retention

May 30 at 11:00am; Bob Smith Health Center Classroom, Room 121 (North Entrance) 
Adam R Cebulski, Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

Pokémon Go hit over 100 million downloads in less than a month; every day, 28 million people harvest their crops on FarmVille. As a planet, people spend 3 billion hours a week playing video and computer games. Given these statistics, it is clear the game industry has figured how to drive human behavior and turn motivation and incentive systems into a science. So, what elements and techniques can higher education learn from the gaming industry in order to drive student engagement and retention?

Originally presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX