Structured Conversations

Structured Conversations

In an effort to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for SAAL members, the Professional Development Committee hosts Structured Conversations. Structured Conversations are monthly interactive assessment webinars. A listing of upcoming webinars and past records can be found below. Check the professional development calendar for a full listing of events. 

Structured Conversations

Our next SAAL Structured Conversation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st  from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST, titled “unpacking & resisting neoliberalism in student affairs assessment” with Kyle Ashlee, Educator, Writer, & Coach and Vince Nix, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Lamar University and hosted by Kerry Klima, Assistant Director, Assessment and Evaluation at California State University, Long Beach. Registration is now open! 

Abstract: As student affairs becomes assessment-savvy, our collective focus (foci?) is taken away from humans, away from emotional development.  Instead, we use specific data points to observe and measure cognitive abilities as we are taught to assess by the textbook and testing industry.  We are encouraged to be efficient. We are told to be data-driven. What does that really mean ? Are we meeting the needs of people (the helpers)  that chose to enter our profession? Are we assessing evidence to benefit our students?

Neoliberalism’s effect on higher education has been researched and documented through national, institutional, and faculty lenses. There remains little research exploring its effects on students. Do student affairs assessment professionals realize the implications?

As a result this conversation, we anticipate that participants will possess agency to:

·         Recognize Neoliberalism (cognitive)

·         Extrapolate the effects of Neoliberalism onto professional roles (cognitive)

·         Advocate for mindful resistance (affective)


If you have topics and/or presenters of interest in the upcoming year, please complete the proposal form below.

Past Conversations

Structured Conversations are FREE and anyone can participate. If you are unable to attend a Structured Conversation live, recordings are available on the SAAL YouTube Channel. Visit our YouTube Channel or browse it below by clicking the playlist link on the top left of the video frame. PowerPoint slides and handouts can also be found in the SAAL Resource Repository in the folder titled "Structured Conversations."

Topic Proposals

Would you like to suggest a topic for a future Structured Conversation (SC)? The SAAL PDC welcomes your suggestions! You are also invited to apply to lead a SC and share your expertise with SAAL by completing the proposal form below. We look forward to hearing from you!