Join us on  for a day of learning about career opportunities within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM). SAEM is a dynamic profession, perfect for those who are passionate about building strong campus communities while helping college students reach their goals inside and outside the classroom!

2015 CSAEMD Registration is Now Open!

General Information

The Career in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Day is an annual, multifaceted professional development event that seeks to promote the Student Affairs & Enrollment Management profession to talented and diverse individuals and to retain current professionals by meeting their career oriented professional development needs.

This half-day conference is primarily focused toward undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing professions in the Student Affairs & Enrollment Management domain, which includes university offices such as Admissions, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Dean of Students, Health Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Activities, and University Housing, just to name a few.

Students have the opportunity to learn about careers in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management through attending various presentations on hot topics in the field and panel discussions with professionals from a variety of campus offices. In addition, lunch is provided and accompanies an opportunity for students to talk more intimately with presenters, panelists, and other campus-wide Student Affairs & Enrollment Management professionals.

A Brief Overview of the Student Affairs And Enrollment Management Career
Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Definition:
Any advising, counseling, management, or administrative function at a college or university that exists outside the classroom.Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Functions:
Leading, educating, individual and group advising, counseling, supervising, teaching, training, planning, program development, inquiring, managing, financial management, assessment and evaluation, resource attraction and grant writing, entrepreneurship, outcomes assessment, political negotiation, and cultural assessment.Work Setting:
Student affairs & enrollment management professionals work in every kind of institution including private liberal arts colleges, community colleges, public colleges and universities, research universities, women’s colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, urban institutions, and for-profit institutions.Department and Program Areas:

Questions? Please contact Robert Meguiar

Event Schedule

Check-In & Welcome

9:30 am  10:00 am:
Conference Check-In
Russell Union Ballroom

10:00 am – 10:30 am:
Welcome Session
Russell Union Ballroom

10:40 am – 11:30 am:
Session 1 Workshops
Various Union Rooms 2nd Floor

11:40 am – 12:30 pm:
Session 2 Workshops
Various Union Rooms 2nd Floor

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:
Lunch Roundtables
Union Ballroom

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm:
Session 3 Workshops
Various Union Rooms 2nd Floor

Workshop Listings

Session 1 | 10:40 am – 11:30 am

Leadership in SAEM- A Vice President Perspective

Join Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Dr. Teresa Thompson for a discussion on her perspective of leadership within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management here at Georgia Southern University.

Connecting Your PRESENT to a FUTURE in Admissions
Join us to learn about the Office of Admissions and how your major, student organization and leadership experiences can lead you to an exciting career in higher education!

Ethical Decision Making & You
How often do Student Affairs Professionals make decisions? What do those decisions look like? How does one remain ethical? Is it possible to let one unethical decision slide by? This interactive session will address ethical dilemmas in student affairs and how you can best prepare yourself to make those crucial decisions.

Session 2 | 11:40 am – 12:30 pm

Persisting Through the Graduate School Search & Application Process: 6 Principles for Success
This program will overview 6 critical principles that enable future Student Affairs professionals to successfully search for and apply to graduate programs. The program will also demonstrate how these 6 principles relate to current professionals’ and students’ development in the field.

Student Affairs Functions
This crash course will allow participants to gain a general understanding of the functional areas that make up Student Affairs. Using the ever-famous Student Services Handbook as a framework, this session will introduce participants to the main areas that make up today’s Student Affairs divisions nationwide and what trends we see in the field that could lead to this organizational arrangement changing.

University Housing: Working Where All the Action Is!
Staff who chose to work in University Housing not only live with and support students, they become some of the most versatile staff members in Student Affairs. Staff working in Residence Life / Residence Education serve in a variety of roles: Supervisor, Organization Advisor, Educator, Event Planner, Para-professional Counselor, Crisis Manager, Conduct Officer, Facilities Manager, and Administrator. We encourage students, support students, and sometimes save their lives. Come learn about this dynamic professional career area that truly makes a difference on every college campus.

Session 3 | 1:40 pm – 2:30 pm

Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation
A discussion of Enrollment Management and the role it plays within a university. This presentation will introduce how Enrollment Management allows a university to accomplish goals, and steer it to success for the future. This will include a variety of topics including Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and the Academic Success Center.

Higher Education Student Organization
This session will introduce the Georgia Southern Higher Education Student Organization to prospective members. The purpose of this organization is to bring together graduate students interested in Higher Education Administration with the goal of establishing connections, networking, and communications with other Higher Ed. Students on campus and professional staff in the Higher Educational field. Join us to find out what HESO can do for you.

Gaining Relevant Experience for Your Resume
Turn your interests and talents into accomplishments that make you shine! Learn how to attract the attention of potential employers through participation in campus activities and gaining relevant experience.


2:40 pm – 3:15 pm:

Closing Reception with Dean Patrice Jackson
Union Ballroom


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What will be going on at the conference?
There will be a welcome from the VP for SAEM, lunch with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management staff, and many sessions informing about the field of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, how to find the right graduate program, what you can be doing now as an undergraduate student to prepare for the field, etc. Check out the Event Schedule tab above to learn more.

Does it cost money?
No, it’s free!

What are other benefits of attending?
You’ll receive a lot of great information to help you learn about the career field and prepare for graduate school. You’ll also be able to network with Georgia Southern staff that are knowledgeable about the career field.

What kind of education is required?
The majority of Student Affairs professionals earn their Masters degree, and many do so in an education related program. Graduate programs for Student Affairs could have many different names: College Student Personnel, Counselor Education, Higher Education Administration, or Student Affairs Administration.

How can I begin to get experience?
Being an involved student on campus is a great way to start! Pursue leadership roles in organizations, assist on event planning committees, and talk to current Student Affairs and Enrollment Management staff members. During graduate school, graduate assistantships will provide you with an opportunity to work in a Student Affairs or Enrollment Management office.



Professional Associations
Want additional information? Check out these professional organizations in Student Affairs
Workshop Session Presentations
Persisting Through the Graduate School Search & Application Process: 6 Principles for SuccessHandout AttachmentStudent Affairs FunctionsHigher Education Student OrganizationUniversity Housing: Working Where All the Action Is!Recruitment, Retention, and GraduationEthical Decision Making
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Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management • PO Box 8063 • Phone (912) 478-5256