Student personnel administrators include a variety of professionals, all centered on service to students: recruitment officers, admissions directors, financial aid officers, counseling staff, career services staff, housing staff, registrars, and deans of students, among others. These specialists benefit from sharing best practices and peer networking through their participation in the Student Personnel Administrators' Network (SPAN). Engage ATS (an interactive online community for those who serve at ATS member schools), annual conferences, webinars, and other resources cover topics such as administrative structures in various institutional settings, vocational identity, spiritual formation, seminary community, and position nomenclature. If you haven’t already, please visit Engage ATS and join the “Student Personnel Administrators (SPAN)” community to begin connecting with colleagues and to stay up to date on the latest SPAN news.
Our goal for the coming year is to deepen our engagement with and support for one another through a variety of opportunities to gather together as community both virtually and, hopefully, in person as conditions allow.
Here are several professional organizations ATS student personnel administrators have found useful:
SPAN focuses on mental health and inclusion for first virtual conference
A look at student life in the age of COVID-19
Surprising ATS enrollment records still set during difficult times
Fall 2021 entering students offer insights on navigating education, finances, and calling
WATCH THE WEBINAR: Nothing to Fear—Helping Seminarians Experience Crises of Faith as Transformative Learning
First ever handbook celebrates the work of student personnel in graduate theological education
Enrollment management event proves “all hands on deck” approach brings success
ATS analyzes fall 2021 enrollment trends of member schools