Student Affairs

Strategies for Student Affairs Professional Staff Supervision

Duration: One hour
Facilitator: Scott Burden & Chelsea Gilbert
Price: $50.00

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Supervision has tangible implications for the field of higher education and student affairs; however, supervisors are rarely given the training and preparation necessary in order to supervise effectively. Research shows that supervisees are disproportionately disillusioned and dissatisfied with the quality of supervision provided to them, and a lack of effective supervision is one of the principal factors for attrition in new student affairs professionals. Additionally, few supervision resources take into account the ways that identity, experience, and systems of power and privilege impact supervisory relationships. During this webinar, we aim to provide examples of effective supervision models for student affairs practitioners that take identity and power into account, while providing participants with multiple opportunities to reflect on potential applications for their own supervisory practice.


Introduction & Institutional Context 
2. Overview of Data on Professional Staff Supervision within Student Affairs 
3. Brief Review of Intersectionality Theory 
4. Tenets of Feminist Praxis in Supervision 
5. Wrap-up, Questions, and Synthesis 

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to...

  1. Identify the gaps in current literature and practice when it comes to student affairs supervision
  2. Articulate the 5 core tenets of feminist praxis in supervision
  3. Identify at least 3 strategies for implementing intersectional feminist praxis
  4. Explore opportunities to utilize intersectional feminist praxis in own supervisory relationships

Who Should Attend:

Any student affairs professional who supervises professional staff or has goals to supervise professional staff. 


Scott Burden (he, him, his), Associate Director, Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity at Lehigh University: Scott Burden was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, where he began his journey into student affairs as an undergraduate student at Calvin College and graduate student at Grand Valley State University. In his role as the Associate Director, he manages the Pride Center student staff and supervises the Pride Center graduate assistant, develops and facilitates workshops around allyship and diversity and inclusion, and supports campus efforts to promote a healthier climate for people of all genders and sexualities. Scott has a deep passion for student support and hopes to empower students to move toward authenticity in all aspects of their lives.  He also has a passion for educating students, faculty, and staff about intersectional social justice and Queer politics. 

Chelsea Gilbert (she, her, hers), Director, Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity at Lehigh University: Chelsea is a scholar-practitioner with a passion for empowerment and curriculum development at the intersections of multiple identities. Her scholarship focuses on supervision, trauma-informed practices, and building strong and cohesive teams of both professional and student staff. In her current work as Director, she works to build coalitions across campus to improve policies and practices, as well as empower student leaders to create a more inclusive institutional community.  She also facilitates workshops across the country for educators, higher education administrators, and college students; additionally, she works with organizations on both local and national levels to create engaging ways to educate and mobilize communities on LGBTQ awareness, racial justice, and building inclusive campus and organizational climates. 

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