Becoming Socialized in Student Affairs Administration: A Guide for New Professionals and Their Supervisors
Effective socialization of new student affairs professionals is essential—both for the individual success of these practitioners, and for the work of a college or university that promotes student learning. It enables new professionals to manage the important personal and professional transitions they experience throughout their careers, engage in continuous professional development, and achieve high levels of productivity. It also counteracts the high attrition rate among new hires, with all the attendant costs to the institution in terms of resources spent on recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and developing staff talent.
The socialization process for new professionals includes formal and informal elements that influence both success and quality of work life. This process is far more complex than a single orientation program organized by a unit or division. Rather, it is a comprehensive process where both the new professional and organization learn about and from each other in ways that influence working relationships and individual and organizational outcomes.
Part I of this book defines the concept, explains its value, and offers a model of socialization.
Part II examines the institutional context in which the socialization of new professionals occurs, and describes how different institutional types influence the socialization process. It considers the changing characteristics of college students, and how these impact the work of student affairs.
In addressing the extra-institutional and professional contexts, Part III considers the role that graduate education plays in preparing new professionals for work in student affairs, and offers guidance to faculty and practitioners involved in graduate education about what they can do to introduce graduate students to professional life. It addresses the importance of professional orientation activities, the roles of supervision and mentorship, as well as the impact of peers and institutions on the socialization process. It concludes with a discussion of the role and importance of professional associations.
This book is intended for graduate program faculty, for senior student affairs officers concerned about developing and retaining the new staff, and for administrators and leaders in student affairs shaping the future of the profession. For new professionals themselves it offers insights on the path to professionalization.
becoming socialized review
By BjOU - January 17, 2013
The book appears to be in great condition. However, the package was torn that the book was in and there was no protective coverings around the book. Luckily the book does not appear to be damaged.
Good for supervisor & new professional
By Whitney - March 2, 2012
I am currently reading chapters of this book for my graduate program and I am very impressed with it. The author does a great job at introducing the problem (number of professionals who leave the field within six years) and talking about how this problem can be alleviated through socialization into a new professional's first role. It is relevant for the new professional as well as the supervisor s/he will be working with. It is extremely easy to read without heavy wording or being boring. It is definitely a book I will continue to utilize in my professional library as I move into the field as a professional
By Rachel B. - January 16, 2012
The book came in great condition. I waited a little while for it because it was the Christmas holidays I guess but it came in in time before I had to go back to school. I'm very satisfied with the product.