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2017 Annual Conference - Indianapolis, Indiana

PDI: Professional Development Institute
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Started in 2009, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) is an intentional professional development seminar featuring a range of activities for professionals with 3 to 5 years full-time experience. These intense workshops will be administered by faculty, who are seasoned professionals in the field of Student Affairs. Over the years, over 175 professionals have participated in the seminar and it has expanded from 2 days to 3 days.

Activities during the Institute are designed to allow time for informal interactions in addition to the scheduled sessions. To offer the appropriate mentoring environment, only 20 participants will be accepted. Participants will be placed into small groups and assigned a faculty member who will provide individual advice, support and suggestions for future professional growth, involvements and activities.

PDI is generously sponsored by Southwest Contract.

The 2018 Professional Development Institute will take place February 9-11, 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Participants engaged in PDI will:

  • Develop skills and perspectives needed to progress in the field of Student Affairs;
  • Receive guidance in mapping out short- and long-term career goals;
  • Connect with faculty who are veteran professionals in residence life and related fields;
  • Provide one-on-one and small-group mentoring time;
  • Create an environment conducive to making connections with other professionals, providing support and the foundations for lasting collegial relationships.

At PDI participants will attend sessions facilitated by veteran professionals in housing/residence life and student affairs and gain valuable, practical information about surviving and thriving at the next level.

Example Topics

Topics for PDI will vary from year-to-year depending on the expertise of the selected faculty members. However, in general, all topics are relevant to professionals at this point in their careers.

Some examples of past featured topics:

  • Conflict Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Decision Making
  • Organization Culture
  • Budgets
  • Politics of Higher Ed
  • Facilities Management
  • Supervision

This Year's PDI Faculty and Topics

Applications are currently open for PDI 2018 faculty, and will close on Monday, July 10, 2017.  Check back after August 1, 2017 for more information about the selected 2018 PDI faculty!

If you know an outstanding housing professional who is passionate about educating and mentoring new professionals, please consider nominating them to be a part of the PDI 2018 faculty.  If you are a seasoned housing professional, who enjoys working with new professionals, we would happily welcome your application with or without a nomination!  

Visit for more information about criteria for PDI faculty and how to nominate someone or apply.

How To Apply