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Professional Development

The Division of Student Affairs strategically invests in our staff to advance the organization and the greater goals of the College. The Division’s Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Kelly Hennessy, Associate Dean of Students and Will Petrick, Assistant Director for Sophomore Year Experience and Upperclass Experience. Contact Dr. Kelly Hennessy at and Will Petrick at

Staff Presentations and Professional Service

The Division’s Professional Development Committee seeks to provide engaging, timely programs that enhance staff’s ability to serve our students. The committee is responsible for assessing professional development needs, as well as developing appropriate programs and resources to address continual skill and knowledge enhancement. The work of this committee is designed to complement existing department-specific training and focuses on professional competencies areas for higher education professionals.

National Speakers

The Division of Student Affairs brings engaging speakers to campus to discuss current topics in higher education with staff, faculty, and students.

Past speakers have included:
Dr. George Kuh, Indiana University, Transformative Learning Experiences: What Matters Most in Student Success?

Dr. Shaun Harper, University of Pennsylvania, Reframing Success for College Students of Color

Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, Trends in Higher Education

Dr. Ann Marie Klotz, New York Institute of Technology, Making Your Move: A Top Ten List to Consider & Capacity-Building: The New Superpower in Higher Education

NASPA Summer Series

The NASPA Summer Series is TCNJ’s gateway to over 50 of the high-quality educational sessions from the NASPA Annual Conference. The Division of Student Affairs gathered to watch and discuss select presentations every other week on a variety of current topics, such as assessment, social media, sexual assault, and diversity/equity.

Committee Members

Kelly Hennessy, Ed.D. Co-Chair, Associate Dean of Students

Will Petrick, Co-Chair, Assistant Director for Sophomore Year Experience & Upperclass Experience

Avani Rana, Director of Leadership Development

Devan Kowalek, Coordinator of Student Organizations

Tricia Torley, Associate Director of Residential Education

Nailah Brown, Residence Director

Crystel Maldonado, Assistant Director for Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution

Audrey Cooper, Associate Director for the Career Center

George Nazario, Men’s Soccer Coach