Campus Authors: Jill Carnaghi

*Job One: Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs*

(University Press of America Inc., 2004)

Job One: Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs focuses on nine narratives written by new professionals about their introduction and transitions into student affairs work.

These stories document their joys and angst as they prepare to move from graduate school to work, search for their first student affairs position, assimilate to campus norms, formulate a professional identity, satisfy supervisors’ expectations, mediate cultural conflicts and remain true to their personal and professional values.

Job One also includes four chapters co-written by senior student affairs professionals, including Stephanie Kurtzman, coordinator for community service in the Office of Student Activities, and Craig Woodsmall, Psy.D., psychology resident in Student Health and Counseling Services.

Those chapters help to synthesize, integrate and theoretically interpret the new professionals’ narratives.

Recommendations included in the final chapter focus on reconceptualizing graduate-preparation program curricula and professional-development opportunities.

The book is a useful resource that invites new professionals, supervisors and faculty to think differently about the ongoing education and needs of new professionals, and offers a new perspective for optimizing new professionals’ experiences.

— Neil Schoenherr

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