October 14, 2014 4:31 pm


Wednesday, October 15th at 1:00pm ET
Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout
Conversation: #HigherEdLive

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Is it enough today, to be smart, driven and talented? How do you avoid languishing in the ranks of middle management? Is there someone who can support and protect you in stormy moments? Is there a powerful senior-level professional that will personally advocate for a project, cause, or promotion on your behalf?

A well-positioned sponsor can tip the scales for high-potential professionals and boost their career. On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews legendary sponsor, Teri Bump, with guests Dr. Zebulun Davenport and David E. Jones (biographies below), as they explore the win-win dynamic of sponsor-protégée relationships. These experienced panelists will share insights and strategies to help professionals in every stage of their career position themselves for optimal opportunity and advancement.

If you want to get a head start on the conversation, check out Ann Hewlitt’s book, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career.

Have a question for our guests on Student Affairs Live? We welcome your tweets to #higheredlive during the show or connect with panelists directly.

teribump2Teri Bump is the Vice President of University Relations & Student Development for American Campus Communities, the first publicly traded student housing REIT.

Teri presents nationally on university trends and issues and has delivered keynotes, workshops and educational sessions at NASPA, ACUHO-I, NACUBO, NIRSA, ACPA, NACAS, NASAP, and APPA. She currently serves on the faculty for Chema’s Women’s Leadership Institute and NACUBO’s Chief Business Officer Institute, Business Management Institute and has presented at NASPA’s Manicur Symposium, Aspiring and New SSAO Institutes since 2007. Teri is a past ACUHO-I and ACPA Foundation Board trustee and currently serves on the NACAS Education Foundation Board. She has also written for the ACUHO-I Talking Stick, NACAS Journal, the NASPA Leadership Exchange and participated in the “21st Century Project”. In 2007 she was awarded the ACUHO-I Corporate Friend Award for service to the association and received the Business Partner of the Year Award for American Campus at the 2007 national NACAS conference and the 2010 ACPA Business Partner of the Year Award.

Prior to joining American Campus Communities in 1991, Teri served Boston University, Oberlin College, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Texas Southern University, Alfred University and SUNY Oswego in student affairs. Teri received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Oswego and her master’s in College Student Development from Alfred University.

davidjonesDavid E. Jones speaks nationally on topics such as diversity, education and leadership and presents regularly at national and regional conferences such as NASPA, ACPA and ACUHOI. He co-authored a study that examined race and racism in the experiences of Black male Resident Assistants at predominately white universities, which was published in The Journal of College Student Development in 2011. David holds national and regional leadership positions, serving as Chair-Elect for ACUHOI’s Multicultural Network, Awards Coordinator for NASPA Region II and Committee Member for NASPA’s African American Male Summit. Recently, he served on the Faculty for the 2014 NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Gwen Dungy Leadership Institute. David is also an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute. In 2010, he was recognized with the Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award for NASPA Region I and the Social Justice Educator Award for ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators.

David is a doctoral student in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication program at Northeastern University. He holds a Master of Education in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Communications at Eastern Connecticut State University. To connect with David follow him on Twitter, @davidearljones.

zebdavenportDr. Zebulun Davenport is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He provides leadership to multiple units that positively impact students’ lives on campus. Davenport earned a Doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s of Education in College Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Public Relations with a minor in Human Services from James Madison University.

Zeb is co-creator of the Changing Institutional Retention through Co-Curricular Learning Experiences (CIRCLE) Model which engages and links co-curricular service providers in academic and student affairs in a systemic collegial process of institution-wide service delivery. In 2011, NASPA distinguished the model as first place winner of the Gold Excellence Award recognizing contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration.

Davenport’s publications include co-authoring a book entitled First-Generation College Students – Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement; a chapter in an edited volume entitled The Student Success Conundrum, in B. Bontrager (Ed.) Strategic Enrollment Management: Transforming Higher Education; and a chapter in an edited monograph entitled Creating Collaborative Conditions for Student Success in S. Whalen (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th National Symposium on Student Retention 2012. He has presented at workshops for numerous public agencies; educational institutions; state, regional, and national conferences; as well as to thousands of college students and professionals throughout his career. Davenport also serves ACPA in the capacity of faculty for the Aspiring SSAO Institute, SSAO Advisory Board, and the External Relations Advisory Board.


Tony Doody

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  • sigh

    Student affairs talks out both sides of their mouth. They say be different, everyone be welcome, and be egalitarian, but then they say the keys to the doors are locked unless you kiss someone’s posterior enough that they’ll sponsor you.

    The people perpetuating this are the one’s having their posteriors kissed. Gross.

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