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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Higher Ed Live: Contested Issues
Streaming Live: watch.higheredlive.com

Join Student Affairs Live co-hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they moderate six fast-paced, eight minute, one-on-one debates between legendary thought leaders in student affairs. The session will explore controversial topics in higher education. The session will include feedback from the live audience and twitter. For additional details, visit: http://test-higher-ed-live.pantheonsite.io/acpa16-contested-issues-debate/


  • Master’s Required: Is a masters degree in Student Affairs the best preparation for the field?
  • Credentialing: Should we require credentialing of Student Affairs professionals?
  • Faculty vs. Practitioners: Are practitioners using research?
  • Bright or Troubled Future: Is the future of Student Affairs in higher education at risk?
  • Move Up or Move Out: Multi-institutional Experiences vs. Single-institutional experiences
  • Coddling: Are intrusive practices helping or hurting our students?


Stay connected throughout the conference and during the session with #ACPA16 and #higheredlive. Follow @higheredlive on Twitter for debate updates and more! Can’t make the 2016 ACPA Conference but still want to check out the debate? Higher Ed Live will be streaming the session LIVE for free on this website.


tony300x269_grey3Tony Doody
Senior Director of Student Engagement
Rutgers University




Heather Shea Gasser

Assistant Director, RISE & HALE PhD student
Michigan State University



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Director of Orientation and Family Programs
Rutgers University


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.