2020 NIRSA School for Mid‑Level Professionals

Join us May 17-21, 2020 in Tampa, Florida

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Updated: March 25, 10:00am PST

2020 NIRSA School for Mid-Level Professionals is cancelled

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, NIRSA is cancelling the 2020 NIRSA School for Mid-Level Professionals, which was scheduled to take place May 17-21 in Tampa, Florida. This difficult decision was reached after careful consideration of recommendations from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and federal governmental agencies, as well as the significant travel restrictions in place for employees of many college and university campuses.

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What is the NIRSA School for Mid-Level Professionals?

This year’s four-day NIRSA School is designed to amplify the capabilities of experienced campus recreation professionals. Join a select group of peers for a deep-dive program taught by senior administrators — while cultivating a lifelong camaraderie with fellow attendees.

As a mid-level professional you are strongly positioned to contribute to organizational culture, lead your colleagues, influence change, and make critical decisions. The NIRSA School for Mid-Level Professionals hones the skill sets and mindset to influence positive change on your organization and team.

Registration: $780 Hurry: Spaces are limited

Limited Spots Available | Register Now!

Registration is first come, first served. Registration will be open until the event reaches maximum capacity (48 participants). Registration includes: education programming, social events (includes appetizers), four meals, Change Style Indicator assessment, access to group lodging rate. Registration does not include the common reading book.

Topic Areas and Learning Outcomes

Building healthy, productive teams is critical for success. That is why this year’s School will focus on themes related to organizational culture, people management, and topics related to value-based decision making and resource management.

By attending this event, you will be able to:

  1. Apply strategies to engage and empower staff members
  2. Leverage your personal change style to contribute to positive change in your department and on campus
  3. Describe management concepts and apply them in their workplace
  4. Apply principles of ethical decision making into their daily professional practice
  5. Identify factors affecting department and large-scale campus projects and initiatives

Who attends the NIRSA School for Mid-Level Professionals?

There are no pre-requisites for this event. The typical attendee usually has supervising and budget responsibilities.

As an attendee, you can expect to…

… learn from experienced faculty with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

… establish strong and enduring professional relationships with attendees and faculty.

… explore key competencies and career development opportunities.

NIRSA Registry

Attendees may earn NIRSA CEUs to apply toward the Registry of Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP) credential.

Common reading: “Radical Candor”

We’ll focus on Radical Candor by Kim Scott as the foundation of this week-long experience to explore the following questions:

  • How can I motivate and inspire my staff?
  • How can I manage down, across, and up within my organization?
  • How can I contribute positively and productively to guide change within my organization?
  • How do organizations make big decisions and how can I be a part of it?
  • How can I motivate and inspire my staff?

  • How can I manage down, across, and up within my organization?

  • How can I contribute positively and productively to guide change within my organization?

  • How do organizations make big decisions and how can I be a part of it?

The NIRSA School Faculty: Learn from the Pros

The NIRSA School Faculty is ready to share decades of collective experience in managing campus recreation programs.

Each faculty member’s background and institutional affiliations offers a unique perspective on the profession’s challenges and trends. 

Faculty members are selected by the current faculty, and appointed by the NIRSA Board of Directors. In order to offer a dynamic mix of perspectives and experiences to the faculty, two faculty members are selected annually to serve three-year terms. 

Faculty-to-Attendee Ratio

With a 1:6 faculty:attendee ratio, this is a learning opportunity that provides an opportunity to dive deep into topics relevant to mid-level professionals.

Walter Kolis
Megan Krone
Larry Mellinger
Heather Sanderson
Bridget Weikel
Wendy Windsor

Schedule

Specific scheduling information will be provided closer to the event.

DateAgenda
Sunday, May 17The event will start with an evening program.
Specific start time is TBD.
It is recommended attendees should plan to arrive on site not later than 5:00pm
Monday, May 18Education program: ~8:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday, May 19Education program: ~8:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday, May 20Education program: ~8:00am–5:00pm
Thursday, May 21Event will conclude by 2:00pm

To inform your travel plans, the event will begin with an evening program on Sunday ,and conclude in the afternoon on Thursday. Attendance through the entire event is expected. Please arrange your travel plans accordingly.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

299 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602 | website | map & directions

NIRSA event rate: $179/night

A reservation link will be distributed to attendees upon registering for the event.
Reservations must be received on or before Friday, April 17 to receive the NIRSA rate.

Updated: March 25, 10:00am PST

If you reserved lodging through NIRSA’s room block at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk, the reservation will be automatically cancelled without fees or penalties. If you reserved lodging outside of NIRSA’s room block, you are responsible for cancelling your reservation with your lodging provider on your own.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

Rate

NIRSA event rate: $179/night

Reservations

A reservation link will be distributed to attendees upon registering for the event.
Reservations must be received on or before Friday, April 17 to receive the NIRSA rate.

Registration: $780 Hurry: Spaces are limited

Limited Spots Available | Register Now!

Registration is first come, first served. Registration will be open until the event reaches maximum capacity (48 participants). Registration includes: education programming, social events (includes appetizers), four meals, Change Style Indicator assessment, access to group lodging rate. Registration does not include the common reading book.

Sponsor with Us!

The NIRSA School is a great way for sponsors to connect with current and emerging leaders in the field of collegiate recreation. If you have an interest in sponsoring this event, contact Heidi Hurley, Director of Corporate Relations and Business Development: heidi.hurley@nirsa.org, 541-368-5851.

Looking for more information?

For more information, contact NIRSA Director of Professional Development, Kristen Gleason.