Student Services Collaboration & Publication Initiative

Resource & research development for professional growth

Can you answer YES to even ONE of these questions?

  1. Do you generate reports, program evaluations, service profiles, or other data products that get shared in only one place (i.e. one meeting, one conference, one report)?
  2. Do you create handouts for departments or programs outside of the division?
  3. Do you give presentations at conferences off-campus?
  4. Do you produce information about our students for events, orientations, boot camps, programs, or services that should benefit the division more broadly?  

If you answered YES to one of these questions then you can help break down departmental silos by developing your work into an official Student Services Publication! We can build a body of shared knowledge that supports University-wide efforts and unlocks new avenues for collaboration and professional growth.

Don't Panic! There is an easy process to help you take your work to the next level.

Step 1: Blog about it.

Go to "No One Ever Told Me About That" blog

Share, discuss, create...500 words or less. 500! That's about one page single spaced (two pages double spaced). Yes, that is the maximum; less is better! We want you to get your work and ideas out to your colleagues, so you can identify collaborators to take your idea the next level.

  • Get your assessment and research ideas out to your peers.
  • Discuss trends in work or trends you have identified in research.
  • Get the feedback you need to take an idea to the next level.
  • Identify potential collaborators.
  • Find data to help you explore or test an observation.
  • Create knowledge through reflection.
  • Problem solve by telling a story. 
Step 2: Identify Collaborators.

Read and respond to the comments on your blog to identify potential collaborators. THEN, meet with your collaborators to expand your blog into a research project, a research paper, or a professional publication to advance the knowledge communities with which you belong.

Step 3: Develop your research methods or data analysis at a brown bag.

Attend a Research Methods and Data Analysis Brown Bag series. These bi-monthly informal sessions are an opportunity to brainstorm or troubleshoot organizational, methodological, and analytical issues with the support of your colleagues. The sessions are casual and collegial, allowing for a session presenter to present a problem for discussion, and the audience to engage in conversation about the topic. Attendees are invited to bring coffee and listen to the discussion or participate in the conversation when the inspiration strikes.

Working on a thesis or doctoral dissertation, feel free to participate. We can help!

Step 4: Generate a Publication & Get Feedback.

Take your publication idea to the Student Services Research Group. Attend a group meeting held on the third Thursday of each month. Then, join a discussion group on webcampus to help develop ideas in to projects and projects in to publications.

The Research Group is an avenue to:

  • Generate research ideas, solve problems, explore issues, and publish our work
  • Establish a supportive research and writing group
  • Create collaborative and interdepartmental research teams
  • Communicate and present innovative work from the division
  • Share research expertise while developing new research skills
Third Thursday @ 10 A.M. in the Great Room of the JCSU
September 15, 2016
October 20, 2016
November 17, 2016
December 15, 2016
January 19th, 2017 
February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017
April 20, 2017
May 18, 2017

If you cannot attend a meeting, join a discussion group on webcampus to participate in discussion groups dedicated to specific topics.

Step 5: Publish, present, and post your work.

Get your work out there. Publish, present, & post your paper and related products to the main Student Service Publication webpage. THEN, write a new blog to develop your idea further, brainstorm ideas to apply it in a new context, find new data, or identify additional collaborators. 

See the Publications or Presentations pages at "No One Ever Told Me About That" 

Have questions about this process, email Jennifer Lowman or Perry Fittrer.