Professional Development

The Division of Student Affairs intentionally develops the whole student through transformational experiences.

We passionately engage our diverse student population through quality programming and resources that enhance the educational process to ensure student success.

Employee Excellence Award

A special award program administered through the Division of Student Affairs to recognize our employees who provide exemplary service to Kent State University, its students, internal and/or external constituents of the division, or whose efforts enhance the focus of the division's mission.

President's Award of Distinction

The President's Award of Distinction recognizes Kent State University staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing one of the goals of the university's excellence agenda . Please visit the President's Award of Distinction website to submit your nominations during the designated nomination period.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted in 2011 to honor individuals (living or deceased and no longer working at Kent State) who have devoted significant time and energies and whose actions bring to life the mission of the division. These former employees of the division can be nominated by anyone in the division. The former employee may be from any department currently in the division or was in the division in the past (e.g., Women's Center, Multicultural Center...) the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the award winners at the annual division breakfast held in the spring.

Important Dates

Nomination Deadline: February 14, 2020 

Annual DSA Celebration Breakfast: March 10, 2020

Note: Past award winners are not eligible to be nominated again. 

New Employee Welcome Program

Instituted in Fall 2012, The Student Affairs New Employee Welcome program is designed to welcome new full time employees and graduate students to our division. The program will include a welcoming meeting, opportunities for professional development, and the opportunity to have a division buddy to help orient you to our large and diverse division.