Professional Development

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to developing the knowledge and skills of each professional staff member. Learning is embraced as a lifelong process. At GVSU, student affairs professionals strive for achieving excellence and best practices in personal competence as well as the functional areas that fall within Student Services.

Grand Valley provides both formal and informal learning opportunities for growth. The process of selection should be thoughtful and intentional. Professional development plans should be regularly discussed between staff and supervisor and reflected in Performance Development Program (ePDP) annual planning documents or graduate student learning contracts.

2020-2021 DSA Professional Development Events

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the personal and professional development of our approximately 125 professional and graduate staff. The NASPA Professional Competencies guide the content of our intentional workshops, trainings, and roundtables that enhance relationships and support the shared responsibility for a division wide focus on student success. All CSAL students are invited to attend.

Virtual Water Cooler Dates

DSA has registered for the NASPA Advisory Services P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. Live Briefing series.  This unique series registration allows you to share registration access with staff within your division.  Please do not share the registration link with persons outside your division. 

Click below for registration and further details.

NASPA P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. Live Briefings - Spring 2021 Series

In alignment with our institutional and divisional values, and in an effort to work toward a more just and equitable campus and community, we in the GVSU Division of Student Affairs offer our colleagues the following opportunities to engage, learn, challenge and support one another as we reckon with our country’s abhorrent history of racial injustice. 

Film Series Dates 

Other Recommended Films

Shared Support & Shared Space Information

Other Professional Development

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Services office will be holding a series of topics related to substance abuse, impacts, and issues. Check out the variety of topics and join us via Zoom to get more information and to ask questions about each topic. The presentations will last about 50 minutes and are open to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Knowledge Support Series

Division of Student Affairs committees are essential for division communication and collaboration around shared priorities. Committee members are often appointed based on department position and/or relevant expertise. Joining a committee can also be a space to connect to personal and professional goals.

Division Committees

As a part of our NASPA LEAD Institutional membership, you have access to the NASPA online learning community that offers online courses, webinars (some are free!), journals and other resources. Please note, some courses and webinars have associated costs. If your department would like to host a webinar, please contact Liz Chase ( 

NASPA Online Learning Community

As a new professional to the Division of Student Affairs, Grand Valley State University, and West Michigan, we understand getting to know your surroundings may be overwhelming. Click on the button below for topics and resources to help get you started!

Helpful Topics & Resources

Professional associations connect colleagues across the country through local and national events. Search professional association websites to learn more about how to get involved and plan for associated conference dates.

Search Professional Associations

In the spirit of learning, the Division of Student Affairs joins colleagues from the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Division of Enrollment Development, the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and Academic Advising for a series of conversations focusing attention on student success. The goal is to bring together faculty and staff from across the university to share broader perspectives and gain greater knowledge to better serve students. All CSAL students are invited to attend.

Meeting Dates