Student Affairs Resources

Professional Associations


Professional Associations are a great way to learn about best practices, establish professional networks, and stay current on conferences and other events. Some of these groups also have subgroups, committees, and knowledge communities that might address your specific professional development interests. Membership fees for graduate students are greatly reduced, so you should consider becoming a member of at least one!

If you know of an organization not listed here, please let us know!

Conferences & Events

Below is information regarding a variety of annual conferences, job fairs, and other professional events. It is a great idea to attend as many of these as you can. You might also consider presenting at a few, and there is funding available through ELPA if you do so. Email Shari Smith to learn more about available funds.

Note that the events listed here are annual; for information regarding one-time events, visit our Events



If you know of other recurring events or conferences that should be listed here, please let us know!


Student Affairs Job Fairs:

The Placement Exchange – usually in March
Oshkosh Placement Exchange @ UW-Oshkosh, usually in late February


Note that some of these, such as NASPA, also hold annual regional conferences. Check the organizations’ websites for more information.


Association for Student Conduct Administration
National Association of Campus Activities
Madison SPA


NASPA Annual Conference
ACPA Annual Convention
American Counseling Association
National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)


American Association of Community Colleges


National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA)


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I)


WCPA (WI chapter of ACPA) Fall Conference


NASPA Region IV-E Conference
ASHE Conference

Job Resources


Below are several websites that specifically help to connect candidates and employers in the fields of student affairs, student services, and higher ed generally. If you know of others that aren’t listed here, please let us know!



Associated Students of Madison
The official student government of UW-Madison.


Center for Leadership and Involvement
CfLI’s mission is “to cultivate and engage students through practical leadership skill development and involvement experiences.”


Center for the First Year Experience
CFYE are the organizers of SOAR, the Wisconsin Welcome, the Wisconsin Experience Seminar, and other programs for first-year students.


Dean of Students Office
This office “provides advocacy, intervention, prevention, and referral services to the university community. DoSO develops students who exercise personal responsibility, practice ethical decision making and seek social justice.”


Division of Student Life
The central headquarters of student services on campus, including most of the other links on this page.


ELPA Department
The homepage of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.


International Student Services
ISS provides “orientation, advising, documentation, information, programming and education to and about

international students and their dependents.”


LGBT Campus Center
The Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Campus Center provides resources and support for LGBTQIA students and their allies.


McBurney Center
The McBurney Disability Resource Center provides resources and support services for disabled members of the UW-Madison community.


Multicultural Student Center
The mission of the MSC is “to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience.”


Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
WISCAPE “aims to inform and improve postsecondary education policy, research, and practice through the creation and exchange of knowledge.”


Wisconsin Involvement Network
The official directory of student organizations at the UW-Madison.

Other Resources


Below are links to other web resources that are relevant to the field of student affairs. If you have suggestions of additional resources that should be listed here, please let us know!
This is the website of the Chronicle of Higher Education. We recommend creating a free account to access all the resources this site has to offer. We also recommend subscribing to their email newsletter, Academe Today!


A magazine dedicated to diversity issues in higher education.


The Education Optimists
A fantastic blog about current events and debates in education.


Equity and Excellence in Education
An academic journal dedicated to equity and access in PK-20 education.
Like the Chronicle, this website has a daily email newsletter that we highly recommend. They also have an app!


Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN)
This journal provides practitioners in online education with knowledge about research in online learning.


The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs
A wide range of links on leadership information and resources.


SA Forum Podcast
This feature from includes a variety of relevant topics in Student Affairs.


Student Affairs History Project
The Student Affairs History Project is intended for use by those with an interest in our profession’s past.