APD Picks

APD Picks are a list of classic and current resources that are provided in conjunction with the Aspirations for Student Learning-themed months. The list of professional development resources for employees include books, articles, videos, podcasts, events, and more, which are selected by APD team members and university colleagues. APD Picks are posted in the discussion section of your.dsa.vt.edu.

Book Club

Book Club takes place twice a year, typically in the summer and late fall, where a small group of employees are invited to gather in community and discuss books covering themes related to social justice.

Careers in Student Affairs Month

Each October, we celebrate Careers in Student Affairs Month, an initiative to promote careers in student affairs, education and awareness for the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field led by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). Past activities for interested undergraduate and graduate students include gatherings with Dr. Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs, careers in student affairs panels, and professional development workshops.

Explore Student Affairs

Onboarding for New Employees and New Graduate Student Employees - Explore Student Affairs offers two unique sessions to welcome new employees and graduate student employees to student affairs through learning, engaging, and building community while receiving an introduction to initiatives, culture, and leaders.

Fall Town Hall

A time to gather in community, recognize colleagues for service and excellence in their work, and disseminate departmental and division updates.

My Plan

My Plan is an individualized, customizable, professional development plan for employees utilizing university resources. Plans can be tailored to meet individual goals that align with department, division, and university initiatives.

Spring Renewal

A time to gather in community, recognize colleagues for service and excellence in their work, disseminate departmental and division updates, and offer professional development opportunities. Spring Renewal generally host a keynote speaker who covers a topic related to one of the division's initatives.

Supervising with Strengths

This workshop helps supervisors learn how to motivate employees to perform to their maximum potential, by incorporating the concepts and process of coaching an employee using their Clifton Strengths results. Participants will develop a greater self-awareness of what skills and tools a supervisor needs to be effective, establish a plan for continued development of supervisor skills, and learn how to use a Strengths foundation to coach employees towards improving their performance.


Contact Assessment and Professional Development for more information about current offerings.