Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™
Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, 2 December 2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event throughout 5 Thursdays

29 July, 26 August, 30 September, 28 October, 2 December 2021


Approximately 30% of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals with 1-3 years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute (previously the New Professionals Institute) to support the development of emerging leaders as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis. This Institute includes several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with several of today’s leaders in higher education and student affairs as resident faculty and small group facilitators.

This institute is named in honor of Ms. Mable, a highly respected educator and leader in student affairs for the past four decades. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Longwood University (Virginia), and Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Phyllis Mable served as ACPA President from 1979-80.


  • Curriculum focused on identifying and addressing the complexities facing emerging leaders in higher education and student affairs

  • Highly interactive learning environment including presentations, case studies, discussions, and small group activities

Sessions dedicated to personal and professional development in the following areas:

  • Understanding campus and organizational culture 

  • Navigating role as an emerging leader in the campus context

  • Building coalitions and creating sustainable and transformative change

  • Having difficult conversations

  • Being a supervisee and supervisor

  • Identifying areas for continued growth and skill building

  • Giving and receiving effective feedback 

  • Considering future career possibilities

  • Action planning for future personal and professional growth


Thursday, 29 July 2021

4:00 PM ET         Welcome, Overview & Getting Acquainted

4:30 PM ET         Community Expectations & Goals

4:45 PM ET         Plenary Session 1: Job One & The Landscape in Which You Find Yourself

5:45 PM ET        Mentor Groups

6:30 PM ET        Wrap Up


Thursday, 26 August 2021

4:00PM ET        Welcome and Recentering

4:15PM ET        Plenary Session 4: Understanding Campus Culture & Community: Challenges for New Professionals

5:15PM ET        Mentor Groups

6:30PM ET        Wrap Up


Thursday, 30 September 2021

4:00PM ET     Welcome and Recentering

4:15 PM         Plenary Session 5: Strategic Leadership & Sustainable Changemaking  

5:15pm         Mentor Group Discussions

6:30pm         Wrap Up


Thursday, 28 October, 2021

4:00pm ET        Welcome and Re-centering

4:15pm ET        Plenary Session: The Student Affairs Practitioner: Real Talk

5:15pm ET        Mentor Group Discussion

6:30pm ET        Wrap Up


Thursday, 2 December, 2021

4:00pm ET        Welcome and Re-Centering

4:15pm ET         Plenary Session 7: Action Planning

5:15pm ET        Final Mentor Group Meeting

6:00pm ET        Commencement and Commitments