Division Employee Resources

In addition to helping students discover and pursue their aspirations, the Division of Student Affairs is committed to recruiting and developing a diverse, mission-driven and talented staff. We’re also dedicated to the ethical and efficient management of resources in order to maximize the value of the student and staff experience at NIU.

The Division of Student Affairs takes a purposeful and collaborative approach to planning and assessment. We derive our strategic plans through a deliberate process that aligns with the framework of NIU’s strategic plan. Our intentional reporting throughout the year contributes to the annual report, providing transparency to the students we serve.

We're proud of the thoughtful planning and implementation of the many programs and services our departments provide to students. We also provide leadership and consultation about planning and assessment initiatives in the division. In addition, we collect, manage and distribute campuswide data and related research projects for our staff and graduate students.

For more information about strategic planning, please contact Brandon Lagana at blagana@niu.edu, or Mike Stang at mstang@niu.edu for more information. 

Staff and students employed by Student Affairs are encouraged to contact our central office with questions related to developing messaging about their departments.

For more information, please contact Meg Junk at mjunk@niu.edu or Jeniece Smith at jsmith68@niu.edu.

We provide opportunities for staff and students to grow in their roles as employees through professional development and training. In addition to workshops and training sessions offered throughout the year, we host a one-day conference to give staff the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as from other professionals on campus.

In addition, our Canon Fellowships provide staff members with the opportunity to explore other areas of the university as they develop their professional aspirations. Staff are also nominated for our annual awards, which are presented at an end-of-the-year recognition event. Each year, these awards showcase the involvement and strengths of many employees.

For more information about professional development opportunities or getting involved with Student Affairs, please contact Meg Junk at mjunk@niu.edu for more information.

If you have a question related to human resources, please contact Human Resource Services or call 815-753-6000 for more information. 

If you have a question related to the budget, please contact Abby Lund, Director of Budget, Financial Analysis and Human Resources, at alund@niu.edu for more information.

Assessment Council

This council helps to guide and monitor the assessment agenda for the division and collaborating units. Council commitments include:

  • Meetings once a month for an hour and a half (no meetings in June, July or August).
  • Approximately one hour of additional work each month outside of committee meetings.

Previous assessment knowledge and experience is appreciated, but a desire to learn is more important.

Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program Committee

This committee works to execute the Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program (GSARP) with the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education. Committee membership is open to individuals outside of the division. No specific experience is needed. Committee commitments include:

  • Meetings once a month for one hour.
  • Increased frequency of meetings from January to March (approximately once a week).
  • Additional work hours to execute GA Interview Day and GSARP Weekend.

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 divisionwide recognition initiatives. This committee is also responsible for coordinating the Canon Fellowship selection process, the one-day conference (held in January) and the annual recognition program (held in 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 is 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 needed. 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 to two hours of additional work a month outside of committee meetings.

Special Events Committee

This committee coordinates logistics for divisionwide events for all staff, such as the annual holiday party (held in December) and periodic social events throughout the year. Committee commitments include: 

  • Meetings occur prior to events. Meetings are typically held every other week, though weekly meetings are sometimes needed.
  • Additional work hours needed to execute events.
  • Occasional work needed outside of committee meetings.
No specific experience is needed; however, event planning and creativity are helpful.

The American College Health Association (ACHA) National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey provides NIU with important information about students’ health and wellness behaviors. The survey has been conducted at NIU approximately every two years since 2000 and gauges students’ health status, preferences for health information delivery methods, perceptions about health topics and personal health behaviors related to:

  • Fitness.
  • Nutrition.
  • Sexual health.
  • Alcohol or other drug use.
  • Mental health concerns.
  • Health protective and disease preventive behaviors, etc.
  • Risk behaviors associated with health problems. 

NIU Student Health and Wellness Data