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Communities Of Practice

The Communities of Practice (CoPs) are entities comprised of Association members who have an interest and/or expertise in a relevant topical area. The topics are determined by the Board of Directors based on the needs of the membership and the field, and are designated through these Operating Policies and Procedures. Communities of Practice (CoPs) serve to:

  • Provide a knowledge community for ASCA members interested in a certain topic
  • Develop knowledge content, member content experts, and ensure ASCA stays relevant in a specific aspect of student conduct administration
  • Inform and advise the board, membership, and committees about relevant and appropriate issues in a timely manner
  • Fulfill the goals outlined by the Board of Directors

 
Although not limited to following, each Community of Practice is expected to fulfill its goals by:

  • Sponsoring at least one conference program and webinar annually.
  • Providing knowledge resources available for drive-ins throughout the country
  • Identifying an e-library of resources on the knowledge area and updating it annually
  • Soliciting program proposals from knowledge area for annual conference
  • Soliciting webinar ideas from knowledge areas for ASCA sponsored webinars
  • Developing content in the knowledge area (at least one published deliverable per year)
  • Suggesting research/publication ideas to the research committee

The Academic Integrity Community of Practice was established to provide resources and information concerning academic integrity.  Members provide training, workshops and presentations in the field of mediation in higher education and serve as a network for individuals interested in academic integrity. The Academic Integrity CoP monthly meeting is held on the second Wednesday of each month at noon EST via Zoom.

Chairpersons:
Kristin Pendergast (she/her)
Johnson & Wales University

Vengerflutta Smith (she/her)
Bunker Hill Community College

academicintegrity@theasca.org

The Community College Community of Practice considers issues and concerns unique to the Community College Student Affairs professionals and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on ways the Association may provide responses and address such issues.

Chairpersons:

communitycolleges@theasca.org

The Conflict Resolution Committee provides resources and information concerning the use of appropriate forms of conflict resolution within student conduct administration. Connections can be made to educational opportunities, professional developments, trainings, support, and/or research on best practices to resolve conflicts within higher education.

Chairpersons:
Earle Lobo (he/his)
Yale University

Lacey Gosnell (she/her)
The Ohio State University

conflictresolution@theasca.org

The Senior and Director Level Administrator Community of Practice was established to provide resources and information to established practitioners who manage conduct offices, processes, and policies on their respective campuses.

Members provide training, workshops and presentations in the areas of supervision, collaboration, and strategic planning for conduct management. This group also serves as a network for individuals to help and support others currently serving in this key leadership role.

Chairpersons:
Heather Brake (she/her)
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Jeffery Stefancic
Purdue University

director-seniorlevel@theasca.org

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Community of Practice develops and initiates strategies that will result in a collaborative relationship between Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Conduct professionals. This body serves to represent the needs, issues, concerns, and recommendations of professionals in the field of Fraternity and Sorority Life as they relate to student development and campus conduct issues through educational programs, publications, and the promotion of open dialogues.

Chairpersons:
Kyle McCoil, M.A., CSAEd, CSAEd-SC (he/him)
Washington & Lee University

Maleta Wilson, Ed.D.
California State Univerity

fraternitysorority@theasca.org

 

The Gender and Sexuality Community of Practice aims to critically examine issues related to gender and sexuality in our student conduct practices and professional culture. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion for student conduct professionals and students in higher education across the spectrum of gender identity and sexuality by:

  • Being a community and voice for ASCA members interested in gender and sexuality
  • Developing knowledge content, being member content experts, and ensuring ASCA stays up-to-date on issues and trends related to gender and sexuality within student conduct administration
  • Informing and advising the Board of Directors, membership, and committees about relevant and appropriate issues related to gender and sexuality in a timely manner
  • Being a resource for additional goals outlined by the Board of Directors related to gender and sexuality within student conduct administration

Chairpersons:

Trae Yeckley, PhD, (they/he)
Allegheny College

Michele Bilotta  (she/they)
University of Denver 

genderandsexuality@theasca.org

The Graduate Student Community of Practice was established to provide resources and information to graduate students currently working in Student Conduct and/or are interested in pursuing a career in Student Conduct or a related field. Members are able to share and gain knowledge and skills through informal and formal means to develop professionally.

This CoP seeks to help graduate students feel comfortable in ASCA and learn ways to become involved in the Association. This CoP also serves as a network for individuals to help and support others currently holding a Graduate Assistantship, or pursuing a career, in Student Conduct.

Chairpersons:
Bria M. Thorne (she/her)
Adelphi University

Maurice Cortes (he/him)
University of Cincinnati

gradstudent@theasca.org

The Historically Under-Represented Institutions (HUI) Community of Practice considers issues and concerns unique to student conduct professionals working at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Asian American Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and other similar institutions.  Through the community of practice, effective programs and network support will be established to address individual needs and the implication for student conduct practice at these unique institutions.

Chairpersons:
Shay Gresham Howard, J.D., Ed.D., MBA
Tennessee State University

underrepresented@theasca.org

The Housing and Residence Life Community of Practice considers issues unique to Housing, Residential Life and Facilities Management. Involvement in other organizations and keeping members updated on relevant governmental data is imperative.

Chairpersons:
Kupenda Palmer (she/her)
Stony Brook University

Kelsey Skinner (she/her)
Michigan State University

housingresidencecop@theasca.org

The main goals of this CoP are to create a community of like-minded individuals with a similar educational experience, for those interested in seeking those same educational opportunities, and for those interested in the law behind student conduct and higher education. This CoP will provide space for any higher education professional with a JD and open up a space for those interested in pursuing a JD or a Legal Studies Masters. The space provided in this CoP will allow professionals with JDs to discuss their unique educational experiences and that relation to a non-traditional legal career path.

The space will also be open to those interested in pursuing a legal education to discuss these various opportunities and seek support from those who’ve obtained that education. This CoP will also partner with other committees and CoPs to put out programming that aligns with memberships goals, including providing general education on the law behind student conduct. 

Co-Chairpersons:
Kristi Patrickus, J.D. (she/her)
University of Oregon

Michael Fazi (he/him)
Vanderbilt University

studentconductlaw@theasca.org

The Religiously-Affiliated Institutions Community of Practice considers issues and concerns unique to student conduct professionals working at faith-based institutions. Members are able to share and gain knowledge and skills through informal and formal means to develop professionally.

This CoP also serves as a network for individuals to help and support conduct professionals navigate the issues surrounding faith and accountability.

Chairpersons:
Tammy Arreola, M.S.
Howard Payne University

Kaleigh Richardson, M.Ed. (she/her)
Ball State University

Religiously-Affiliated@theasca.org

The Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Community of Practice was established to provide resources and information concerning issue related to sexual misconduct, Title IX and information provided by the Office of Civil Rights within the United States Department of Education. Members provide training, workshops, and presentations and serve as a network for individuals interested in sexual misconduct and Title IX.

Chairpersons:
Seuth Chaleunphonh
Indiana University Southeast

sexualmisconduct@theasca.org

The Women and Student Conduct Community of Practice was organized and formally established in conjunction with the ASCA 25th Annual Conference Anniversary Celebration in 2013.

Our community’s evolving mission is to support, mentor and sponsor those who identify as female and/or feminist together with allies for gender equality in higher education, and to address gender issues shared across the student and professional experience.

Chairpersons:
Regina Donato (she/her)
University of Delaware

Dr. Sarah Meiser (she/her)
Western Michigan University

women@theasca.org

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