No One Ever Told Me About That (a.k.a. NETMAT) is an invitation to take a more active role documenting the contribution of Student Services to the University of Nevada, Reno. This is your formal invitation to become a scholarly practitioner. Move your work from practice to influence by developing publications that tell the story of our students progress, persistence, and graduation. This is a safe space to create a research abstract with the support of critical friends. To make sure you have an actionable research idea that will generate collaboration, we have assembled professionals from all areas and with varied expertise to give you feedback on your abstract. To get started, email netmat@unr.edu and follow us on twitter @netmatNV

Scholarship is Leadership

Scholarship will move our work with students from practice to influence (Hatfield & Wise, 2015). Good scholarship is a critically reflective process that integrates and applies research to improve student services. As scholarly practitioners we are well positioned to articulate the student voice and integrate student experiences in to the practices and theories that inform the administration of higher education. But why stop there? Our work intersects with psychology, sociology, business & finance, political science, organizational science, public health, and career development… you get the idea! We have a responsibility to make theory and research benefit students and a multitude of pathways to do so.

Scholarship will also support your professional development. Good scholarship is a critically reflective process that produces learning. Your learning! Critical reflection identifies your limitations and reveals what you don’t know — honestly, it should make you a little uncomfortable! But, if you open yourself to feedback, collaboration, gathering data, and examining the evidence, then you will come to know yourself through the process of research (Hatfield & Wise, 2015)!

Scholarship helps educators EDUCATE. Your voice is important. Capture what you learn through research and share it. Make your voice heard, become a resource for your office, our division, and the university.

Read more by Lisa Hatfield and Vicki Wise (2015) A Guide to Becoming a Scholarly Practitioner in Student Affairs. Available at Amazon, but we also keep a few copies around to share with our colleagues. Contact Perry Fittrer to check out a copy.

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