Application (A)


There are two tracks in the Professional Track:  Application (A) and Innovation (B).  Go to whichever programs you want in either or both tracks.  The intent of the "tracks" is to provide a guide for the context of the session. 

In the interest of keeping the level of dialogue and presentation at the professional level, share common experiences and engage in candid discussions, undergraduates are asked to not attend programs designated for professionals.

Application Track:  These sessions focus on applying specific strategies and best practices for designing, delivering, and measuring programs and experiences that enhance student leadership.


Innovation Track: These sessions focus on innovative ideas and emergent thinking about student leadership.


Innovation (B) Programming Options


Professional Track Session 1
Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Context Before Content: Designing Student Diversity Learning for Greater Success

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Most college leadership development programs have a segment (or at least a core value) of diversity and inclusion. The challenge?  Understanding that one size does not fit all.  We can look at high impact and best practices yet still come up short of our intended outcomes and goals.  This session will invite professionals to do innovation through engaging the context before the content.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the 5 components that inform the content of diversity learning

  • Be able to examine and explore the context of a situation

  • Learn what happens when content is delivered not considering the context

Professional Track Session 2
Friday - 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Generation Z: Understanding Today’s College Student

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Just as we have finally come to understand Millennials, it’s time to shift gears and adapt to a new generation. Generation Z, born 1995-2010, may look like Millennials, yet differ in their characteristics, beliefs, styles, and motivations. Learn who these “Gen Zers” are and how to better communicate with, relate to, and work with this emerging generational cohort.

*This session is highly recommended for those who also plan to attend the later session entitled, Engaging, Advising, and Developing Generation Z Students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the context within which Generation Z college students have come of age

  • Understand the characteristics, motivations, and values of the Generation Z cohort

  • Be able to differentiate between defining characteristics of Millennial and Generation Z students


Professional Track Session 3
Friday - 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Engaging, Advising, and Developing Generation Z Students

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Generation Z has different motivations, interests, and passions than Millennials, yet we still use our same old tricks to engage, advise, and develop them. Participants in this session will break into small discussion groups for deeper dialogue on how to best design opportunities, programming, and experiences to engage those Gen Zers!

*This session is a follow up to Generation Z: Understanding Today’s College Student and is designed for those who attended the earlier session. If you did not attend the earlier session but have a good understanding of the Generation Z college population, you are welcome to attend.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider how to adapt engagement and involvement experiences to match Gen Z interests, preferences, and values

  • Apply your knowledge of Generation Z to program development and advising

  • Be equipped to return to their campuses to enhance their programs and involvement experiences to better align with Generation Z

Professional Track Session 4
Friday - 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


Learning Leadership: Building Programs with the End in Mind

Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Leadership is a process of learning.  It asks, "How do individuals make sense of their experiences, uncover leadership within themselves and work in communities?"  Whether you teach leadership formally or informally, knowing the most effective approaches results in enhanced learning.  This session explores the "leadership learning framework," best teaching strategies, and tools for assessment. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify various ways leadership is learned

  • Apply appropriate pedagogies for various aspects of learning

  • Recognize ways to assess leadership learning in and out of the classroom

Professional Track Session 5
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM


What Do We Know about How Students LEARN?

Dr. Davis Rosch

Effectively advising students is often about helping them see new and broader perspectives leading to mature and balanced adults.  Surprisingly, missing from most advisor training and development is an understanding of HOW emerging adults learn new things in the first place.  Connected to the student organizational advising context, this session discusses adult learning theory.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the four fundamental principles of adult learning

  • Begin to apply each principle to the context of student organization advising

  • Develop at least one plan of action to implement next semester in your own work

Professional Track Session 6
Saturday - 10:30 AM – 11:45 PM


Transformative Pedagogies in Leadership Education

 Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Leadership education itself can be a transformative pedagogy. However, understanding what specific instructional strategies are best for teaching and learning leadership is critical for transformative learning to occur. This session will explore various instructional strategies used in leadership education and provide opportunities to discuss the pros and cons of each.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify various instructional strategies used in leadership education

  • Recognize transformative leadership pedagogies in various contexts

  • Apply sources of transformational learning to leadership education

Professional Track Session 7
Saturday - 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM


Why “SUCCESS” and “SUCCESSION” Are So Closely Related

Dr. David Rosch

Many advisors start to worry about grooming candidates to replace current officers a semester prior to new officer selection.  Better advisors start from the moment high-potential students join.  When and how do you rigorously assess your student's leadership potential?  This session explores this question and current business world succession planning research and practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on current strategies to support your organizational succession planning

  • Learn the seven human capacities top headhunters search for in prospective executives

  • Begin to develop a plan to rigorously assess these capacities in the identification of future officers