Current Topics, Current Trends, Current Research: May 10, 2019

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Current Topics, Current Trends, Current Research
Please join us for an exciting new professional development series! University Life staff who’ve recently completed their doctoral degrees will share their dissertation research topics and focus on relevant application. Brief presentations will be followed by Q and A. Join us for this unique learning opportunity.


Spring 2019 Series
Current Topics, Current Trends, Current Research
May 10, 2019
9:30-11:30am
Merten Hall, 1203

Register today! https://current-topics-trends-research-may-10-2019.eventbrite.com

Ric McClendon
“A Restorative Justice Approach to Fraternity and Sorority Misconduct in Higher Education”

In today’s media driven society, when a fraternity or sorority organization makes headline news, representatives from the institution, the local chapter/alumni, and the inter/national office transition into public relations mode, trying to manage the crisis at hand. We hear stories of chapter’s being placed on suspension, individual appearing in civil and criminal court cases, and the reputation of organization begins to playout on social media by critics. Rarely do we see coverage of individual or organizations being given the opportunity to express remorse, to learn from those impacted due to negative behavior on others, nor do we get an opportunity to have an open dialogue as to how to prevent further harm. This study explored the perceptions of fraternity and sorority professionals regarding the effectiveness of their student conduct processes and offers recommendations for student affairs professionals interested in using a restorative justice approach to harm repair and rebuilding community.

Creston Lynch
Career Commitment in New Student Affairs Professionals
As in many industries, it is imperative that the Student Affairs profession retains talented professionals. This project incorporates career development theory in efforts to understand the interactions between individual and environmental characteristics and their influence on new professionals’ intentions to stay in or leave the Student Affairs field.

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