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Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee is one of three standing committees in the Division of Student Affairs. The committee is responsible for fostering the growth and enhancement of the professional lives of Student Affairs  staff members by:

• Providing information and programming to enhance the operation/management of Student Affairs offices and to improve the delivery and effectiveness of student services at Eastern Connecticut State University.

• Developing and/or maximizing programs that support an effective and diverse work environment.

• Facilitating information-sharing across the Division to enhance communication around and awareness of current issues facing higher education and Student Affairs. 

The committee has aligned its work with the ACPA/NASPA Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (2010)1 and Division of Student Affairs Strategic Initiative for  Professional Development which reads as follows:

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to developing  the knowledge and skills of our students and staff members. We value the education and career development of each student and employee and believe professional development is essential to promoting a standard of excellence  within a learning organization. We focus on continued  development of students and team members to ensure intentional preparation for the work of Student Affairs.  

The professional development process includes:

• Formal and informal learning strategies for professional and personal growth

• Knowledge that is shared, skills that are expanded, new thinking and ideas that are stimulated, and models of cooperation and collaboration that are provided to strengthen the community

• A lifelong commitment that includes development of skills at varying levels and at different stages throughout the career path. 

The Professional Development Committee is composed  of dedicated members who believe in providing the best opportunity for professional development for all staff in the Division of Student Affairs.

Committee Directory 2020-2021

Alyssa Duffy (Chair) Student Activities 5-0105
Julie Alexander Athletics (Athletic Trainer) 5-5506
Amanda Cefaratti Housing & Residential Life 5-0098
Marianne Ciardullo Counseling Services 5-4010
Christian D’Ambrosio Athletics (Women’s Soccer) 5-0175
Greg DeVito Athletics (Men's Soccer) 5-4334
Megan Droesch Athletics (Volleyball) 5-0176
Nicole Healy Student Activities 5-4511
Casey Kensey Student Activities 5-0198
Laura Sanford Counseling Services 5-0181