Student Affairs Professional Development and Onboarding

Welcome to USD's Student Affairs Community!

We are thrilled that you have chosen USD's Student Affairs Community to share your unique gifts, knowledge, and talents. Now that you've joined us, we look forward to have you join us in creating and delivering a one of a kind experience for our students! As you begin your journey with us, we want to provide you an onboarding experience that will enhance your ability to be successful. Through the onboarding experience, you will be introduced to topics that will familiarize you with how we work with students, with one another, and live out the mission of the university.

You will attend seven onboarding sessions over a three month period, beginning in August and ending in October. You will be assigned to the series of sessions you are expected to attend. The session topics are listed below, along with a description of each one.

For additional information regarding Student Affairs onboarding, please contact Dr. Donald Godwin, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students or Dr. Sean Horrigan, Director of University Centers and Staff Development.


Professional/Graduate Staff Development Sessions schedule

Student Employee Development Resources schedule

Professional/Graduate Staff Development Onboarding Sessions

Professional/Graduate Staff Development Resources

Buddy Program

A buddy is someone outside of the new employee’s primary area of work who partners with a new employee to assist them in acclimating to the university and getting to know another area of the division/university.

Student Employee Development Onboarding Sessions