Professional Development


The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee exists to facilitate professional development among divisional staff members through a number of initiatives.  The committee's aim is to share information and increase communication; build a team within the division; create interaction; improve staff morale and retention; and provide personal and professional development experiences designed to enhance the skills and knowledge necessary for staff to become increasingly effective in their roles.

Role of the Committee

The committee is charged with the following roles:

  • Plan, organize and coordinate Division-Wide Meetings, Professional Development Day and other events, as assigned;
  • Provide knowledge and resources to facilitate best practices;
  • Create opportunities for cross-departmental collaborations;
  • Develop and maintain a staff recognition program.


Membership consists of two employees from each sub-division within the Division of Student Affairs. The committee reports to the VP for Student Affairs and is chaired by the Vice President's designee.  The 2013-14 Committee comprises:

  • Yolanda Fernandez, Enrollment Services
  • Monica Garcia, VPSA
  • Carolyn Guel, Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Bob Just, University Housing
  • Art King, Committee Chair, VPSA
  • Joshua Little, Student Conduct and Ethical Development
  • Veronica Mendoza Hand, Counseling Services
  • Susan Rockwell, Career Center

Ideas for the Committee?   Please contact:  Art King at (408) 924-5900

Professional Development Day 2014

Session Abstracts


Professional Development Grants

We are delighted to announce that Professional Development Grant Funds are available for Spring 2014!  The deadline to submit proposals is 5 pm on Friday, November 15th.  Please see the application for more details (pdf or word versions).

Above and Beyond Awards

Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Above and Beyond Award Winners!

  1. Wei-Chen Lee, Counseling Services
  2. Alicia Samis, Student Conduct & Ethical Development
  3. Lisa Trikofski, Career Center
  4. Emily Weideman, University Housing Services

Highlights from May 2013 Division-Wide Meeting

Professional Development Day Breakout Session Handouts (or Links) from March 8, 2013

Session 1:

Session 2: