Student Affairs

Jumping Ship: Making the Leap Outside Student Affairs

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Debbie Scheibler
Price: $98.00

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The student affairs career pyramid is steeper than ever. With more and more professionals choosing to remain in their current positions longer, steady career progression is becoming a challenge for many student affairs practitioners. In order to progress their careers and/or to pursue their passions, many student affairs professionals are considering leaving their traditional career working for a college or university to join up with private entities that still support the work of student affairs professionals. These entities (conduct software providers, housing management firms, roommate matching providers and training consultants, for example) are known as higher education-adjacent fields. Join us to learn more about what is out there, the pros and cons that you should consider, and why "jumping ship" could be a great opportunity for you.


  • Gain insights into the motivating factors that contributed to "mainstream" student affair professional to make the switch to the private higher education sector.
  • Weigh out the pros and cons to making a transition in their student affairs career.
  • Learn about the options available for professional growth in the private sector of higher education.


  • All levels of student affairs professionals.


Debbie Scheibler is the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life at Rutgers University- Camden. She oversees the Residential Life curriculum, on-campus student conduct and is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Debbie is a two-time faculty member for the Regional Entry-Level Institute (RELI) and a James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) graduate. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO) in the role of Director of Annual Programs and serves as the Education Chair for the Women in Housing Network of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I). Her professional areas of interest include motivation and leadership, social justice and bystander intervention awareness.

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