Division Employee Resources

In addition to our vision to inspire students to discover and pursue their aspirations, the Division of Student Affairs is also committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse, mission-driven, and talented staff. In addition, we are committed to ethically and efficiently manage resources to maximize the value of the student and staff experience.

The Division of Student Affairs is purposeful and collaborative about planning and assessment. Strategic plans are derived through a deliberate process that aligns with NIU’s strategic plan framework. Intentional reporting throughout the year contributes to the annual report, providing transparency for the students we serve.

Student Affairs is proud of the thoughtful planning and implementation of the numerous programs and services provided to, and for, our students by our Student Affairs departments. Furthermore, we also provide leadership and consultation about division-wide planning and assessment initiatives, as well as collecting, managing and distributing campus-wide data and related research projects for staff and graduate students in the division.

Please contact Amy Franklin at afranklin@niu.edu or 815-753-3040 for more information about strategic planning or Evelyn Comber at ecomber1@niu.edu or 815-753-1489 about assessment.

Staff and students employed by Student Affairs are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs Central Office with questions related to how their areas can develop informational messaging about their departments.

Contact Amy Franklin at afranklin@niu.edu or 815-753-3040 or James Huizenga at huizenga@niu.edu or 815-753-9748 for more information.

We provide opportunities for staff and students to grow in their roles as employees through on-going professional development and training. In addition to workshops and trainings offered throughout the year, the division hosts a one-day conference to give staff an opportunity to learn from one another and from other professionals on campus. Further, Canon Fellowships provide staff members with an opportunity to explore another area of the university as they develop their own professional aspirations. Staff are nominated for annual awards, which are given out at our end-of-the-year recognition event, showcasing the involvement and strengths of numerous employees each year.

For more information about professional development opportunities or getting involved in Student Affairs, please contact Kelly Olson, at kolson9@niu.edu or 815-753-6112.

For human resources questions, please contact Human Resource Services or call 815-753-6000 for more information. 

For budget-related questions and information contact Ginny Meo, Executive Director for Budget and Fiscal Affairs, at vmeo@niu.edu 815-753-1575.

Assessment Council

This council helps to guide and monitor the assessment agenda for the division and other collaborating units. Council commitments: Meetings once a month for one and a half hour, approximately one hour of additional work a month outside of committee meetings, no meetings over the summer (June – August). Previous assessment knowledge and experience is appreciated, but not so important as wanting to learn.

Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program (GSARP) Committee

This committee works to execute GSARP with the Department of Counseling, Adult, and Higher Education. Committee membership is open to individuals outside of the division. Committee commitments include: meetings once a month for one hour with increased meetings January – March approximately once a week, additional work hours are needed to execute GA Interview Day and GSARP Weekend, no specific experience needed.

Professional Development and Recognition Committee

This committee works to develop, coordinate, and execute professional development opportunities for the division. In addition, this committee works to coordinate division-wide recognition initiatives. This committee is also responsible for coordinating the Canon Fellowship selection process, the One-Day Conference (January) and the Annual Recognition Program (April). Committee commitments include: meetings twice a month for one hour, minimal additional work outside of committee meetings, additional work hours needed to execute large-scale programs, no specific experience needed.

Student Affairs Marketing and Communications Council

This council works to review the design, marketing, and communication efforts of the division, providing recommendations and guidance, as/if indicated. Staff with marketing or communications responsibilities in their job descriptions are strongly encouraged to be a part of this team. Committee commitments include: meetings once a month, approximately one-two hours of additional work a month outside of committee meetings.

Special Events Committee

This committee coordinates logistics for division-wide events for all staff such as the annual holiday party (December) and periodic social events throughout the year. Committee commitments include: meetings occur prior to events and are typically every other week however there are times when weekly meetings are needed, additional work hours are needed to execute events, occasional work needed outside of committee meetings, no specific experience needed however event planning and creativity is helpful.