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Contemporary Issues Announcement 2017-2018

Wednesday, June 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tiffany Gonzales
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Since 2010, the President-Elect has been charged with selecting a contemporary issue topic for the Association to explore throughout the coming year. This gives us the opportunity to focus on a topic that is currently generating discussion in our field, one for which we have passion, and allows the Contemporary Issues committee direction in providing opportunities for members to learn and engage around the topic.


I am excited to share that the GLACUHO Contemporary Issue for 2017-2018 will be Supervision and Management within Residence Life and Housing.


In an article by Tom Gimbel, “Three of the Most Common Reasons People Quit Their Jobs,” readers are given the top three reasons they might job search; “You don't like your boss; you want more money; or you don't enjoy the work you're doing.” As higher education professionals, we know the importance of both being a good supervisor and having a good supervisor, but are rarely taught how to be successful in those roles. I often hear colleagues say “I learned how to supervise by taking what I didn’t like from past supervisors, and did the opposite.” We stress how important supervision is, but often times lack the training, and count on our experience to find our supervisory style. We forget that to be a good supervisor, one must also be a good supervisee.


Reflecting on my professional path, the importance of the title of who I supervised was woven throughout my entire journey. In my graduate program, friends that did not supervise student staff felt at a disadvantage during their job search. As an entry level professional, I remember believing that graduate student supervision was necessary to move up in the field. As a mid-level staff member, who had dotted-line supervision, there was an immense sense of internal pressure to supervise professionals, as it was continually stressed how important it was to gain this experience. Throughout this time, I was also figuring out how I was as a supervisee, managing the supervisors and their different management styles.


Supervision and Management is no small task. Supervising students looks very different from supervising mid-level professionals, and is different from supervising clerical and administrative professionals. Supervision and Management becomes compounded when you are navigating politics and “managing up” the chain of command. Even if people do not directly report to you, you still have a role in supervision and management and how to shape the experience of colleagues and team members throughout your department.


This Contemporary Issue provides the opportunity to address multiple needs around supervision and management, including:

  • Foundational understanding and support on effective supervision.

  • Supervision and management of staff at all levels, experience, and functional areas.

  • Coaching, supporting, and retaining staff.

  • Managing up.

  • Mentorship and supervision.

  • Deriving transferrable skills from dotted line or no supervision.

  • Are you the supervisee you wish you were supervising?


I’m excited to see how GLACUHO can offer education and conversation around supervision and management over the next year. I know the association’s work on this topic will be positively reflected in ourselves, on our home campuses, as well as with the students we have the pleasure of serving.


Nominations of qualified individuals to serve as a chair for the 2017-2018 Contemporary Issues Committee will be facilitated through GLACUHO’s standard leadership position nomination process. More information about the leadership position process will be sent to the membership this Friday.  


I look forward to connecting with those who may be interested in leading or assisting with the topic of the committee. If you have questions, or would like to talk more about this, contact me at


With GLACUHO Pride,

Tiffany Gonzales

President-Elect GLACUHO 2016-2017