Staff Development

Student Life Professional Development Committee

The Student Life Professional Development Committee (SLPDC) serves as a catalyst for professional development, personal growth, and community building among members of the Student Life Division and the broader university community. Our work is aligned with the University’s mission to offer the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals.

Our Guiding Values

  • Inclusivity: Welcoming and encouraging expression and exploration of diverse identities, thoughts, and experiences. 
  • Collegial Engagement: Fostering formal and informal, professional and personal interactions.
  • Connectivity: Building relationships within the division, across the university, with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Growth: Supporting continual improvement in knowledge and skills.
  • Access: Providing opportunities that are accessible to diverse learning styles and position schedules.

Signature Events

The committee coordinates a number of signature professional development programs, promotes ongoing professional development opportunities, and provides vehicles for the recognition and celebration of professional contributions and achievements.

Eat-Read-Connect is intended to assist Student Life professionals in connecting with each other over an assigned book (common text) as well as to create opportunities to discuss issues of professional and personal development. Eat-Read-Connect reading groups are organized and offered to the division each fall and spring semester.

Each fall and spring, the committee hosts webinars and/or virtual conferences designed to stimulate discussion and the development of best practices related to important topics in higher education and professional development.

Each spring the committee hosts a Professional Development Symposium for the division. True to a conference format, the symposium includes a keynote speaker, several concurrent professional development sessions, and Student Life Awards presented to members of the division. Presenting at the symposium is one of the valuable professional development opportunities offered in the division and each year an invitation to present is extended to all members of Student Life.

Student Life professionals are part of the most important, demanding, and meaningful professions in the nation. Finding ways to celebrate at the end of the year is key to maintaining a positive culture at USF. Thus, the SLPDC end of the year social is an opportunity to come together and celebrate another successful year.

Committee Membership

The Student Life Professional Development Committee is comprised of staff members from various departments and position levels within the Student Life division. Committee appointments are made by recommendations from members of the Student Life Leadership Team each May for the following academic year.

If you have questions/comments/suggestions, please reach out to Committee Chair, Golden Venters, at