The Division of Student Life is dedicated to the recruitment and development of student-centered educators. We believe that professional development is essential to promoting a standard of excellence within a learning organization. Through professional development, we share knowledge, expand our skills, provide models of cooperation and collaboration that strengthen our campus community, and stimulate new ideas.  We expect that Student Life staff will pursue professional development opportunities that enhance their skills, and the Division, in conjunction with The University of Alabama Department of Human Resources, will sponsor intentional and thoughtful professional development opportunities for staff. Supervisors will work with staff to establish individualized professional development goals and will support employees’ efforts to participate in learning opportunities.

Professional Development Committee

The mission of the Professional Development Committee is to develop, implement, and assess professional development opportunities that enhance the competence of of Student Life staff. Specific initiatives will:

  • educate new professionals about Division practices, campus history and structure, and competencies needed by professionals
  • educate support staff professionals about advanced skills needed
  • inform staff about professional development opportunities available through the University, professional associations, and local institutions
  • provide a series of workshops to prepare staff to work with diverse student populations
  • collaborate with campus partners to supplement the Division’s professional development initiatives
  • evaluate staff needs for professional development and plan accordingly

Professional Development Committee Members 2018-2019

Chairperson: Melinda King, Career Center

Darien Abadie
Ferguson Student Center

Peter Cason
Housing and Residential Communities

Tiffany Goodin
Career Center

Mac Griswold
Blackburn Institute

Amanda Ingram
Housing and Residential Communities

Jessie Jones
Vice President’s Office

Janine McGee
Housing and Residential Communities

Paige Miller
Women and Gender Resource Center

Traci Mitchell
Student Media

Rosalind Moore-Miller
Student Involvement

Paula Perry
Student Conduct

Chelsea Ratcliff
First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives

Ashley Sanders
University Recreation

Courtney Thomas
Center for Service and Leadership

Laura Thomassian
Student Conduct