Beyond the Paycheck: Utilizing Competencies for Personal and Student Development

Beyond the Paycheck: Utilizing Competencies for Personal and Student Development

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As campus recreation professionals, we utilize recreation and wellness opportunities to provide growth experiences for our students. Rarely do we get formal training on how to maximize these learning opportunities for our student staff. This recording discusses NIRSA’s newly developed Student Supervisor Competency Guide, which provides a self-assessment rubric to assist those who manage students to become better at the most important parts of their job.

This session features practical examples and ideas to incorporate this competency framework into your work.

Presented by NIRSA’s Student Development Task Force

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of attending this session, learners will be able to:

1. Explain the purpose and rationale for the creation of supervisor (and student) competencies within NIRSA. 

2. Incorporate competencies into their professional practice.

3. Reflect on their work and consider areas of professional growth. 

Competency Domain(s):

Human Resources Management

Continuing Education:


Attendees registered for the live event will have access to session recording for 60 days. 

Matthew Altendorf

Coordinator for Student Staff Training & Development

The Ohio State University

Higher education professional with experience and interest in creating a challenging, inclusive, and developmental environment through my work in facility operations, student supervision, event planning, organization advising, and leadership development. I currently serve as the Coordinator of Student Staff Training & Development with Ohio State Rec Sports. I am also pursuing my Ed.D. in Higher Education.

When I’m not working to create the extraordinary student experience, I'm running, reading large nerdy books, enjoying the outdoors, finding new board game obsessions, and avidly supporting my favorite soccer and football teams. I one day aspire to have my office look like NPR's Tiny Desk. 

Jenny Larson

Associate Director for Recreation Programs and Facilities

Elon University

Katie Burns

Associate Director of Campus Recreation

Utah State University

Christopher Bullard

Outdoor Program, Senior Coordinator

Portland State University

Eric Maki

Director, Campus Recreation

Texas Tech University

Elizabeth Feldman

Jeff Heiser

University of California-Davis


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