Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
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Professional Development Committee

The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee coordinates divisional efforts to provide professional development opportunities to all full-time employees and graduate assistants. The committee also coordinates the annual Student Affairs Professional Development Day and New Employee Orientation. Throughout the year, members offer different professional development opportunities ranging from workshops, leadership series, discussion groups, and more.

The committee meets at 3 p.m. on the 1st Monday of each month.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining the committee, please contact

Professional Development Committee members

  • Angie Elgin Assistant Director, Student Development and Communication, Campus Recreation
  • Ayrton Peacock Student Development Coordinator, Sr., First-Generation Programs
  • Azah Quach Student Development Coordinator, Sr., NAU Career Development
  • Craig Knoth Director, Financial Oversight, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Daisy Perez Student Employment Coordinator, Sr., NAU Career Development
  • Destinee King Coordinator for Black and African American Student Services, Office of Inclusion
  • Jacob Paul Kane Academic Success Coordinator, Intermediate, Academic Success Centers
  • Jamie Lloyd Assistant Director, Campus Living
  • Kelley McKee Learning and Development Analyst, Sr., Student Success and Academic Partnerships
  • Lilian Obi Student Rights and Responsibilities Coordinator, Sr., Student Life
  • Markayla Clayton Assistant Manager, Operations, Campus Living


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Individual Coaching

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Group Coaching

Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development Committee has dedicated $10,000 from the Professional Development budget for individual grants up to $1,000 for the fiscal year 2024. The purpose of the individual grant is twofold: Support department professional development budgets by covering up to 60% of the total cost of your request up to $1,000, and support Student Affairs employees who may otherwise not be able to attend a professional development opportunity without additional financial support.

Individual eligibility

  • Full-time Student Affairs employees who have been employed within the division for at least six months
  • Director approval
  • Employees are eligible to receive grant money every three years

Professional development eligibility

  • Professional conferences, institutes, academies, training, and certifications that relate to your current position or career goals
  • Only domestic travel will be supported
  • Out-of-state, in-state, and virtual professional development opportunities will be considered

Application criteria and tips

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria (alphabetical):

  • Advancing professional goals tied to ACPA/NASPA competencies, Student Affairs goals, and strategic roadmap
  • Plan to disseminate learning to the department, division, and NAU community
  • Professional development type: conferences, institutes, academies, training, and certifications related to your current position or career goals
  • Role at the conference or event: participant, presenter, professional association committee, volunteer, keynote speaker, other
  • The last time that you attended or traveled to a conference
  • The ability to secure early bird pricing

Application tips:

  • Check with your supervisor/director to confirm that they have received the FY23 budget
  • Identify potential professional development opportunities that you would like to attend
  • Build a budget that includes the necessary items to cover the total cost of the opportunity
  • Determine the following:
    • amount of grant money that will be requested (up to 60% of the total cost of your request, up to $1,000)
    • amount of money that you will request from your department
  • Meet with your supervisor/director to discuss your proposal and determine next steps

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