Rethinking Student Affairs Practice

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Wiley, Apr 5, 2004 - Education - 256 pages
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To be effective managers, student affairs professionals must understand the structures and processes that form the organizational context in which they work, and must be able to work within them. These structures are often characterized by a rigid division of labor and an expectation that good managers can predict the outcomes of their efforts and can and should exercise control over the inputs. However, to be effective leaders, they must be able to perceive new possibilities beyond those structures and expectations. How can they do both?

Rethinking Student Affairs Practice offers an answer to that question. Love and Estanek challenge their readers to perceive their responsibilities, institutions, and relationships through multiple lenses. They have developed a model for change based in four concepts that will help their readers do this. The four concepts are valuing dualisms, transcending paradigms, recognizing connectedness, and embracing paradox.

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Contents

Seeing Processes Differently
27
Seeing Resources Differently
119
Seeing Beyond the Horizon
171
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About the author (2004)

Patrick G. Love serves as associate professor of higher education in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology at New York University.
sandra m. estanek is assistant professor of graduate education and leadership and director of the masterís program in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

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