Topic: Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking

Personal/Professional Development; Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Parlez-Vous Recreation? Translating Recreation for Student Affairs Professionals 1983
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Osceola 4/5/6
  • Derek Hottell, Virginia Commonwealth University; Mark Williams, University of Notre Dame
Many collegiate recreation departments are housed within a division of student affairs, so being able to use the language of student affairs is essential to being able to affect change. Join us to learn how to use data, theory, and student voice to more effectively translate and frame the work of campus recreation for student affairs professionals.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Business Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate how language affects the acceptance of your proposals.
  2. Be able to translate recreational theory and language to student affairs theory and language.
  3. Identify how to effectively tailor your message based on your particular audience(s) and purpose(s).
Small College/Community College; Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Don’t Stop Believing: Your Community or Small College Rec Sports Program’s Ability to Expand 1660
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Sanibel 1/2/3
  • Mary Shelley, San Jacinto Community College; Butch Sutton, CRSS, San Jacinto Community College
With limited resources and budgets, programming at community or small colleges can be challenging. In this session, attendees will discover new ways to expand programming as well as develop strategies for successful programming in the small college setting.
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop strategies for expanding outdoor programming while on a budget.
  2. Learn about new programs and ways to better connect with and serve students and staff.
  3. Learn how to target persons and resources on your campus who will advocate for the rec sports program and help you expand.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
Using Competencies to Advance YOU and YOUR Department 1837
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Osceola B
  • Kathleen Hatch, RCRSP; Chris Dawe, RCRSP, Mount Royal University; Jacqueline Hamilton, Ed.D.; Jennifer Puhl Winkler, RCRSP, University of North Dakota; Karina Wittmann, RCRSP, University of North Dakota
Discover opportunities to build an innovative culture of learning and best practice by using professional competencies as your strategic framework.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify opportunities to utilize competencies for all functional areas as well as career levels for professional training and development.
  2. Develop an understanding of advancing organizational strategic planning through the use of competencies.
  3. Assess priorities for acquiring and developing new skills within the context of professional best practices.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Policy and Legislation Roundtable 1675
  • Monday, April 4 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Miami 1/2/3
  • Austin Anderson, Ph.D., University of Southern Indiana; Larry Mellinger, Elon University; Marc Falkenstein, University of the Pacific; Marti Tomlin-Allen, RCRSP, University of Richmond; Scott Holmes, The Ohio State University; Stephen Rey, RCRSP, CRSS, Western Kentucky University; Yvette Kell, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At University of Missouri-St Louis
Members of the Policy and Legislation Committee, as well as other NIRSA members, will be on hand to share information on public policy and legislative issues that impact our Association, our membership, and the higher education field. All members interested in getting involved in this Community of Practice are invited to participate. The Policy and Legislation Community of Practice serves as a forum for NIRSA members to engage with legislative and public policy issues that impact collegiate recreation.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
Managing Down: Coaching Others to Lead 1963
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Naples 1/2/3
  • Becky Dahl, CRSS, University of Arkansas; Lisa Shea, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Wendy Windsor, CRSS, UCLA
What does “managing down” mean? In this session focused on the associate director experience, participants will learn tools and strategies to build their team into strong and successful leaders. They will also learn what successfully “managing down” really looks like.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify your own leadership style.
  2. Identify at least two strategies or techniques for better coaching your team.
  3. Develop a successful approach for leading your team more effectively.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Play On: Rethinking Your Department’s Programming Philosophy 1684
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Osceola A
  • Steven Bobbitt, RCRSP, James Madison University
Programming to meet student needs can if you dig a little deeper to understand why students make certain choices go way beyond participation counts and survey responses. Join us as we discuss classical theories of play and, in detail, Stuart Brown”s theory of “Play Personalities.” Coupled with a solid assessment program, implementing a research-based curriculum can be the spark that connects your recreation program with academics and administrators. The rest of the session will be spent in discussing how you can alter your department or program to give students more of what they need: play!
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the importance of play thanks to a review of classical theories.
  2. Understand Stuart Brown’s “Eight Play Personalities” as they relate to campus recreation programming.
  3. Cultivate strategies based on play theories to adjust programming on your campus.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Personal/Professional Development
[CANCELLED] Becoming a Strategic Leader in Collegiate Recreation 1984
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Sun C/1/2/3
  • JT Timmons, RCRSP, University of Iowa
In today’s higher education landscape, collegiate recreation professionals need to be well versed in what it takes to be a strategic thinker. This session will outline how, according to Beatty and Hughes, strategic leadership stands out: “it is broad in scope, future focused, and change oriented.” Learn about strategic leadership theories and how directors encourage this thinking across their organizations. Participants will receive a link to strategic leadership resources and readings.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate three factors for how strategic leaders stand out.
  2. Identity strategies for gaining strategic thinking skills.
  3. Understand how strategic leadership is used on a day-to-day basis.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Heterosexism and Homophobia: Research and Practical Implications Surrounding LGBT Issues in Campus Rec 1696
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 2:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Osceola 1/2/3
  • Austin Anderson, Ph.D., University of Southern Indiana; Laurie Braden, RCRSP, CRSS, Louisiana State University; Wendy Motch-Ellis, California State University, Fullerton
Campus communities are continuing to experience increased levels of diversity, including LGBT students and recreational participants. This session will discuss current research involving heterosexism and campus recreation, as well as policy and practical implications moving forward for equitable participation and management of spaces. Presenters will discuss the current state and direction of research and active participation from attendees will address practical and management implications.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn of the current research revolving around issues of heterosexism and homophobia within and of interest to campus recreation.
  2. Identify policy and management initiatives specific to campus recreation environments concerning LGBT inclusion within recreational spaces.
  3. Discuss future implications of policy, legislative and social change on campus recreation management and provision.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Outdoor
Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Serve the Bigger Picture 1831
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 2:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Osceola B
  • Bridget Nemeth, RCRSP, Old Dominion University; Lynn Zwaagstra, University of Arizona; Nathan McKinnis, Duke University; Tim Moore, Boston University; Tim Mertz, RCRSP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Todd Bauch, Portland State University
In this session, a panel of NIRSA campus recreation administrators will share insights into the value of outdoor recreation programs as well as strategies for how these programs can serve an institution’s agenda on topics like recruitment, retention, academic success, and student development. Panelists will detail their career paths from practitioner to administrator, explain their perspectives from each role, and briefly explain the impact of different program models, sizes, and spending on student success outcomes. Directors, administrators, practitioners, and students are invited to join the discussion and contribute to the conversation on leveraging outdoor recreation to serve the bigger picture.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to evaluate and apply strategies for using outdoor recreation programs and services to meet higher education goals.
  2. Learn how to compare and contrast the roles and perspectives of practitioners and administrators to enhance leadership and personnel management strategies.
Personal/Professional Development; Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Candid Conversations: Graduate Assistantship Edition 1677
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Wednesday, April 6 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Miami 1/2/3
  • Erica Estes, James Madison University; Ashford Evans-Brown, Prairie View A & M University; Jenny Rodgers, Clemson University; Jordan Grindeland, Drake University; Leigha Krick, Washington State University; Megan Silvey, Boston College; Parker Anderson, The Ohio State University
The future of our profession is in our graduate assistants. The period of a graduate assistanship is a critical time of personal and professional development for both the graduate assistant and their professional supervisor. In this session, attendees are invited to share the challenges they have faced during this unique transitional learning experience. The session aims to help attendees learn new problem solving strategies to help them deal with the inevitable ups and downs that are a part of a graduate assistantship.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the challenges you have encountered as a student or professional within campus recreation.
  2. Recognize the common barriers experienced by both the student and professional during the graduate assistant experience.
  3. Be able to identify and explain best practices for overcoming limitations and solving conflicts that arise out of the graduate assistant and supervising professional relationship.
Marketing/Public Relations; Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Creating and Implementing a Comprehensive Marketing Plan for Campus Recreation Departments 1667
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Wednesday, April 6 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Tallahassee 1/2/3
  • Brittany Heiring, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
With limited budgets, limited staff, and limited technology, marketing for campus recreation departments can sometimes fall to the wayside or feel overwhelming. Whether you are a full-time campus rec marketing professional, outsource your marketing to your campus communications department, or wear multiple hats as a marketing and program/facility staff person, a marketing plan is crucial for setting the direction, tone, and focus for your program. Colorado State University’s campus recreation marketing staff will share the five-year marketing plan that guides their decisions, including the steps they took to complete the plan, and how implementation is going thus far.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the tools needed to create a comprehensive marketing plan, including the creation of a SWOT analysis, formulating a review committee, setting strategic goals, budgeting, and timeline planning.
  2. Be prepared to present a marketing plan to a management team and peers with the intention of garnering departmental support.
  3. Learn techniques for executing a marketing plan, including revisions, team roles, prioritizing, and following through.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Personal/Professional Development
I Want To Be a Director 1659
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Wednesday, April 6 • 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Osceola B
  • Michael Giles, CRSS, Iowa State University; Demond Pryor, University of Toledo; Melissa Longino, University of Dayton; Mila Padgett, University of South Carolina Aiken
Is your professional goal to become a director of a collegiate recreation program? Are you unsure which knowledge, skills, and abilities are required of directors of campus recreation? In this session, a panel of directors who have been in their roles for less than ten years will discuss their respective journeys to becoming leaders at their institutions.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the differences in a director’s role depending on the university or college setting they are in.
  2. Learn which individual strengths, knowledge areas, skills, and abilities are required of aspiring directors.
  3. Have a plan of action for one day becoming a director of campus recreation.