Working in the Division of Student Development at SLU
Questions and Answers
What resources are available to help me stay balanced?
The Division of Student Development at Saint Louis University focuses on the holistic development of both our students and staff. All staff members are encouraged to stay actively balanced both physically and emotionally. SLU offers a state of the art fitness center along with many campus initiatives that assist in the development of the mind, body, and spirit. In addition, the city of St. Louis is a wonderful metropolitan city that has many different offerings to keep our staff motivated and energized!
What is the Saint Louis University campus climate like?
Our hope is that all candidates care enough to inquire about this particular issue. We recognize that personal/professional fit is important to all candidates when deciding to take a new position. SLU employs a diverse array of faculty and staff, representative of different race, ethnicity, sex, age, ability, faith, orientation, gender, class and ideology. Student Development recognizes that each of our staff members are unique and we work to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and valued. As a Division, we want to provide all of our candidates with the information needed to make an informed decision, and we welcome questions about climate during individual search processes.
Here are some links to campus websites to help you further assess the campus climate:
What is the St. Louis climate like?
Rich in culture and diverse neighborhoods, St. Louis is a city that maintains a history of being at the intersection of America's north, south, east, and west. St. Louis boasts a variety of theater and performing arts venues, major league sporting events, civic and cultural organizations, a diverse selection of restaurants, cultural, social, and community festivals, and upscale shopping. No matter what your background, St. Louis has something for everyone.
Here are some links to St. Louis organizations that can help you learn more about the culture in the city:
• Explore St. Louis
• The Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender Community of Metropolitan St. Louis
• Metropolis St. Louis
• The Professional Organization of Women
• River City Professionals
• Urban League Young Professionals of St. Louis
What are some of the popular and favorite dining, shopping and entertainment establishments near SLU?
SLU is located in midtown St. Louis, directly adjacent to the Grand Center Arts District, which offers an array of popular dining, shopping, and entertainment choices around SLU. For other popular dining, shopping, and entertainment choices in St. Louis, please see:
How does SLU support continued education?
SLU encourages all employees to continue their educational pursuits in a variety of fields of study. We offer a very competitive benefits package that offers tuition remission for courses at Saint Louis University for all full-time staff. Eligible Faculty, Staff and Emeritus Faculty may apply for and receive a full waiver of tuition for up to 18 hours per academic year. Please see specific policy for restrictions.
How does the Division of Student Development at SLU support professional development?
The Division of Student Development provides monthly professional development opportunities for Student Development staff. The topics vary, and are aligned with the established ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners in the areas of: advising and helping, assessment, evaluation and research, equity, diversity, and inclusion, ethical professional practice, history, philosophy and values, human and organizational resources, law, policy and governance, leadership, personal foundations, and student learning and development. A Student Development professional development Google site is available to all staff as a resource in these competency areas. Staff members are encouraged to contribute resources to the site as an interactive portal.
In addition to these opportunities, there are numerous campus-wide professional development sessions from the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mission and Ministry, Human Resources, Women's Commission, and others that all are welcome to attend.
Based on relevance to ones position and responsibilities and funding availability, additional support may be made for regional and/or national conference attendance and professional association involvement. Staff members are encouraged to participate in leadership positions and committees within professional organizations and/or submit proposals for consideration for presentations to maximize the potential to attend, develop professional skills and connections, and positively represent the University.
What are some ways I can get more involved in the Division of Student Development, outside of my department?
Staff in the Division of Student Development have ample opportunities to engage outside of specific job responsibilities, some of which include:
• Advisor to a student organization
• Student Conduct hearing officers
• Career Fair volunteer
• iLead Mentor
• Faculty/Staff assistance during new student move-in periods
• Ask Me campaign for Welcome Week
• First-Year summer reading group facilitator
• University 101 primary instructor (Master's Degree required)
• Wellness program volunteer
• Make a Difference Day volunteer
• Billikens After Dark event volunteer
Are there other organizations I can get involved with on campus to meet people and become more connected?
• The Women's Commission serves as an advocacy board for faculty, staff, students and administrators at Saint Louis University. It promotes the interests, issues and concerns of women at the University by sponsoring programs designed to heighten awareness of major issues and disseminate information to both men and women; by providing networking opportunities to foster the personal and professional development of women at the University; and by recognizing the outstanding contributions of University women.
• The Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) seeks to:
• Communicate the interests and concerns of a diverse University staff;
• Function in an advisory capacity in the development, review and implementation of University policies that affect staff;
• Provide a means of communicating with administration and faculty; and
• Support and nurture a spirit of unity among all employees at the University.
• SAC has regular meetings, where all University staff are invited to attend.
• SLU Young Professionals (SLUYP) is an unofficial and unrecognized grassroots entity that aims to connect people within the University community. "Young" is a relative term and any SLU employee may join the distribution list to receive e-mails that will invite you to campus events, allowing you to socially network with others on campus.