DSA Standing Committees

The Division of Student Affairs supports five standing committees for division wide opportunities for employee engagement.


Employee Engagement

The purpose of this committee is to determine ways to recognize staff, plan celebrations throughout the year and welcome new employees to the division quarterly.


Projects: Division breakfast, division kick-off meeting (August), division onboarding (quarterly), department and divisional staff recognition, informal social activities, United Way, volunteer and community service etc.



Marketing/Program/Calendar Committee

The purpose of this committee is to develop a strategy to coordinate social and intra-divisional programming to intentionally streamline communication within the division to reduce costs, eliminate duplicative co-curricular activities and programs and market DSA events university-wide.



Assessment Council  

The division assessment counsel will facilitate, identify needs and develop recommendations on assessment and strategic planning while serving as an advisory group to the division senior staff.



Cultural Competency Committee  

The purpose of this team is to coordinate all division diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.  This team is comprised of all division staff who are members of committees such as University Diversity Action Council, Great Place Initiative, and other similar groups.  This team will coordinate division initiatives emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion along with division climate study results.


Professional Staff Development 

The purpose of this committee is to identify professional development opportunities for all DSA staff, examine HR training & development offerings and create and/or promote those opportunities for division staff.  Review ACPA & NASPA professional competencies and identify gaps in current training programs while assessing current staff competencies to propose division specific programs.


Projects: Professional competencies framework (classified and unclassified staff), lunch and learn, webinars etc.

Employee Excellence Award

A special award program administered through the Division of Student Affairs to recognize our employees who provide exemplary service to Kent State University, its students, internal and/or external constituents of the division, or whose efforts enhance the focus of the division's mission.

President's Award of Distinction

The President's Award of Distinction recognizes Kent State University staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing one of the goals of the university's excellence agenda . Please visit the President's Award of Distinction website to submit your nominations during the designated nomination period.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted in 2011 to honor individuals (living or deceased and no longer working at Kent State) who have devoted significant time and energies and whose actions bring to life the mission of the division. These former employees of the division can be nominated by anyone in the division. The former employee may be from any department currently in the division or was in the division in the past (e.g., Women's Center, Multicultural Center) the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the award winners at the annual division breakfast held in the spring.

New Employee Welcome Program

Instituted in Fall 2012, The Student Affairs New Employee Welcome program is designed to welcome new full time employees and graduate students to our division. The program will include a welcoming meeting, opportunities for professional development, and the opportunity to have a division buddy to help orient you to our large and diverse division.