Professional Development and Training

The Professional Development and Training Committee provides professional development opportunities for entry level, mid level and upper level professionals in the association on topics of business/financial administration, residence life, food service, facilities management, and central administration.


The purpose of the Professional Development and Training committee is to design, implement and review a comprehensive professional development curriculum through annual conference programs and other sponsored venues.


  • To maintain the Professional Development Curriculum which reflects association mission, values, and goals.
  • To provide training opportunities for all level professionals in the major functional areas of college and university housing: residence life, business/financial management, facility management, food management, and central administration. Educate and offer resources in areas of recruitment and retention of the housing profession.
  • To foster personal and professional development to professionals of all levels.
  • Solicit and sponsor one featured speaker
  • Solicit and sponsor one keynote speaker.
  • Host annual Case Study competition for entry level professionals.
  • Solicit, provide, and sponsor three program tracks for entry, mid and upper level professionals at the annual conference.
  • Solicit and provide four webinars throughout the year
  • Communicate information to the membership through regular submissions to the magazine, website, et al


  1. Increase webinar viewership
  2. Gain additional assessment data through collaboration with AIM to provide data for future years
  3. Find a keynote from the region or who has a background in the region
  4. Consider ways to capture the content of the featured and keynote speakers and make that content accessible after the conference
  5. Stay focused on learning outcomes within our areas of focus
  6. Explore opportunities for case study participants to reflect on their experience and receive feedback
  7. Develop and recruit programs of interest to undergraduate students, mid-level housing managers and senior housing officers.
  8. Connect webinars with programs at the annual conference
  9. Develop an SHO field trip

2016 PD&T Committee Members:

  • Hannah Bendroth, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Stafford, University of Wisconsin - Parkside
  • Ellie Lang, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • Nick Mulholland, University of Northern Iowa
  • Samantha Hyland, Kansas State University
  • Katrina Wheeler-Floyd, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Brooks Hetle, Kansas State University
  • Jenna Fremstad, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • Mandy Rae Fairbrother, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Evan Knoespel, Iowa State University
  • Nicole Wilburn, Missouri State University
  • John Wachal, University of Nebraska
  • Tori Carlson, St. Cloud State University


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