Student Affairs at The University of Tampa educates and empowers students to be global citizens through experiential and diverse learning opportunities that reinforce the values of the Spartan Code and enrich the lives of others.
Student Affairs at The University of Tampa will be known for its dynamic Spartan Ready culture that engages every student in innovative learning experiences resulting in student success and life transformation.
Strategic Planning Process
History and Timeline
The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team was formed in Fall 2011 with the charge of creating core values, mission and vision statements. The committee is also charged with creating professional development opportunities to educate and engage the entire division to aid in advancing the strategic plan. Through a participatory process that engaged the whole division, these documents (mission statement, core values) were adopted in May 2012. In January 2013, the strategic priorities for the division were adopted.
During the Spring 2013 semester the strategic priorities team led the effort to identify common learning domains for the division of Student Affairs. These learning domains and the descriptors associated with each domain are based on the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Learning and Development Outcomes' CAS Contextual Statement. During the summer of 2013 each department within Student Affairs referenced the strategic priorities and the common learning domains in their annual reports.
During the summer of 2015 a yearly Assessment Showcase was added to highlight division-wide assessment projects. The showcase serves as a forum for staff members to learn form others.
In Spring 2016 the Strategic Planning and Assessment Team transitioned to using the Spartan Ready Competencies as the learning domains for the division.
During Fall 2016 the Strategic Planning and Assessment Team updated the vision statement to incorporate Spartan Ready, added inclusion to the diversity strategic priority and added continuous improvement as a strategic priority.
In Summer 2019 the Strategic Planning and Assessment Team, in an effort to priortize University-wide retention efforts, identified five strategic focus areas for development of departmental multi-year strategic plans.
We chose to use a strategic planning strategy known as whole system change. At the core of this approach is a belief that all members of the division have something important and valuable to contribute (Bunker & Alban, 2006). By incorporating the diverse ideas and perspectives that exist within the student affairs staff at UT, we created a collaborative environment of shared learning that challenged us to see the whole system at work. The outcome is a stronger understanding of where we are and where we would like to go, which empowers each office within the division to align its goals and initiatives with the strategic plan without feeling limited.
The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team is comprised of representatives from all offices within student affairs. Team members meet regularly (weekly or biweekly) throughout the year. Most team members will serve a two-year term and will rotate off on alternate years.
Ana Mai Wales, Chair, Associate Director, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
Ryne Burds, Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Stephanie Russell Krebs, Vice President of Student Affairs
Joshua Pullens, Assistant Director, Competitive Sports, Campus Recreation
Ronnie Rentz, Assistant Director, Residence Life
Angela Ward, Coordinator of Student Engagement, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
Gina Firth, Associate Dean of Wellness
The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team is a data-driven group committed to developing and maintaining an assessment process that is used when crafting all aspects of the strategic plan.
Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team Division-Wide Events
The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team coordinates two division-wide programs per year to engage the entire division in the strategic planning process. Past programs include:
- July 2011 Advance, facilitated by Timothy McMahon, Ph.D. (focus on organizational change and diversity)
- Winter 2011 Staff Planning Day, facilitated by the Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee, (focus on mission statement development)
- May 2012 Advance, facilitated by Michael Weeks, (focus on systems thinking)
- January 2013 Advance, facilitated by Teri Bump (focus on likeability and career trajectory)
- May 2013 Advance, facilitated by Tom Miller, interim vice president of Student Affairs and associate professor, College of Education, the University of South Florida (focus on retention and persistence) and David Stern, Provost, The University of Tampa (focus on collaboration between academic and student affairs)
- January 2014 Advance, facilitated by Susan Komives (focus on student learning outcomes)
- June 2014 Advance, facilitated by Kathy Guthrie (focus on living and working wholeheartedly in higher education)
- January 2015 Advance, facilitated by Lua Hancock (focus on collaborative partnerships)
- July 2015 Advance, facilitated by Angela Lauer Chong (focus on legal issues in higher education)
- January 2016 Advance, facilitated by Emma Pettit (focus on diversity and inclusion)
- July 2016 Advance, facilitated by Paul Grossberg, MD (motivational interviewing)
- January 2017 Advance, facilitated by Alex Desiderio (change and priority management)
- July 2017 Advance, facilitated by the Strategic Planning and Assessment Team (Essentialism)
- January 2018 Advance, facilitated by Keith Edwards (Toward Thriving: Applying the Science that Works. Focus on positive psychology)
- July 2018 Advance, facilitated by Monnie Wertz and Mark Colvenbach (Generation Z)
- January 2019 Advance, facilitated by Jillian Kinzie (High Impact Practices)
- July 2019 Advance, facilitated by Eric Freundt (Inquiry and Experiential Education)
- January 2020 Advance, facilitated by Kristen Walker Donnelly (Competency Development, Spartan Ready)
- July 2021 Advance, facilitated by Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team and Strategic Planning and Assessment Team (Reflect, Refocus and Reset)
Bunker, B. B., & Alban, B. T. (2006). Handbook of large group methods: Creating systemic change in organizations and communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Division Strategic Planning and Assessment Awards
In 2014 Student Affairs introduced a series of awards that recognizes staff members that exemplify our core values in action and programs that support our Strategic Priorities.
Krystal Schofield Student Affairs Staff Outstanding Contribution Past Recipients
- Jin Kim - 2020
- Rachel Killam - 2019
- Brittaney Mericle - 2018
- Ian McGinnity - 2017
- Jacquelyn Edwards - 2016
- Addie Carothers - 2015
- Shannon Calega - 2014
- Erika Buckley - 2020
- Matt Battista - 2019
- Rachel Killiam - 2018
- Shannon Calega - 2017
- Nora Jarmon - 2016
- Joe Wynn - 2015
- Melena Postolowski - 2014
Community and Citizenship
- Tim Harding - 2020
- Molly Butters - 2019
- Molly Butters - 2018
- Mark Colvenbach - 2017
- Tiffany Garcia - 2016
- Ian McGinnity - 2015
- Ciarra Joyner - 2014
Diversity and Inclusion
- Amber Myer - 2020
- Erika Buckley - 2019
- Addie Carothers - 2018
- Chris Gottlick - 2017
- Raven Davis - 2016
- Sabrina Griffith - 2015
- Lisa Ryan - 2014
- Annie Donaldson - 2020
- Amber Myer - 2019
- Angela Ward - 2018
- Hailey Palmer - 2017
- Sandi Miller - 2016
- Katie Meyer-Griffith - 2015
- Jacquelyn Edwards - 2014
- Sharon Charles - 2020
- Kelly Allgeier - 2019
- Jake Peters - 2018
- Tim Nelson - 2017
- Angela Ward - 2016
- Dawn Hoskins - 2015
- Connie McCullough - 2014
Joseph Sclafani Collaborative Partnership Award: The Collaborative Partnership Award was established in January 2018 to recognize a member of the University community outside the Division of Student Affairs who engages with student affairs in deep and meaningful ways to achieve common goals. The Collaborative Partnership Award is named after Joseph Sclafani, interim associate provost and professor of psychology, for his collegial spirit and his tireless advocacy of student affairs initiatives. This award is presented each January to a faculty or staff member at the Student Affairs Advance to reinforce the values of collaboration and partnership during the recognition ceremony.
Joseph Sclafani Collaborative Partnership Award Past Recipients
- 2020 - Cheri Etling-Paulsen
- 2019 - Mary Martinasek
- 2018 – Drew Kelly
- 2017 – Joseph Sclafani
The Linda W. Devine, Ph.D., Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award, originally established in 1989 as the Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award, recognizes a University faculty or staff member who has made a significant contribution to life outside the classroom. The recipient must be employed at UT for at least five years and is selected by the prior recipients. Those currently serving in Student Affairs are not eligible for the award. The recipient will be announced at the annual Leadership Awards Night Ceremony, and their name will be displayed on a plaque that is mounted in Plant Hall lobby. The recipient will receive a $500 check from an endowment created by Devine and her family. The recipient will be part of the commencement platform party at the spring commencement and will be announced from the platform.
In 2018 the award was renamed the Linda W. Devine, Ph.D., Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. Devine is a long-time member of the UT community who believes strongly in the value of the co-curriculum and integration of campus resources to develop the whole person. Recipients of the award share this vision and will have significantly contributed to this fusion in a systemic and positive way, laser-focused on the student and complimenting curricular work.
Linda W. Devine Ph.D., Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Past Recipients
- 2017-2018 – Kristen Foltz
- 2018-2019 - Susannah LeMarquand
- 2019-2020 - Cheri Etling-Paulsen