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Professional Status Definitions

Defining yourself as a new professional, mid-level or senior level housing officer is not as easy as one might think. Ultimately, the decision on your status as a professional depends on several factors such as your own definition, the type of institution you work at and the structure of the department.

GLACUHO encourages you to have a conversation with your supervisor or fellow conference attendees to answer any questions that you might have. However, GLACUHO has come up with our own definition below to assist you.

Graduate Students

Graduate students are currently enrolled and may (or may not) also be Graduate Assistants. These individuals are just beginning their career path and are exploring the various professional development opportunities that exist. GLACUHO welcomes our graduate students.

New Professional / Entry Level

These professionals typically supervise paraprofessional staff members. We recognize that these professionals can be either graduate students or 1-3 years post-Master’s professionals. These professionals are identified as "learners” because of their initial status in the field and their need and willingness to learn more about the field of housing and the association.

Mid-Level

These professionals typically supervise entry-level staff members, including graduate students and/or full-time professionals. These professionals are identified as "learners and leaders” because they are more seasoned professionals who provide mentorship to new professionals as they themselves continue to learn.

Senior Housing Officer

These professionals typically are the upper-management in their department at their home institution and supervise more seasoned mid-level staff members. These professionals are identified primarily as "servers” while they continue to learn and lead because of their experience in the field and their ability to be able to give back to the profession through mentorship.