Do I Need to Be Involved with a Professional Organization?

By Jacqueline McPhillips, Director, Community College Transfer Opportunity Program

Nearly every profession or interest area has a national, state or regional organization to join.  These organizations typically encourage professional development and networking.  Making connections with other colleagues in your profession is important at all stages of your career. Whether you are just starting out or getting ready to retire, there is always someone to lend a hand and something to learn.

Getting involved with professional organizations is not merely a space filler for your résumé.   Creating professional relationships is important; these types of groups allow you to become acquainted with others in your field that may do similar work to yours at a different institution.  This is a great way to learn ‘best practices’ and discuss new ideas.  If you are new to your field, this could be a great place to meet a potential mentor.  Perhaps one of the most motivating types of networking achieved through a professional organization is the ability to take advantage of career resources.  Often there will be a system of identifying new opportunities for members, as well as connecting with others who might know of open positions that you may not otherwise have heard.

So you may be wondering how to start the process of getting professionally involved? Research! First identify the organizations that professionals in your field typically join. Depending on where you plan to take your career there are plenty of organizations that might be of interest to you. For example, in my field, higher education, there are organizations which apply specifically to those who work with community colleges and others which are geared toward those in any aspect of academic advisement. The important thing is to find the groups that are most pertain to you and your goals. Many organizations provide student membership options. It’s never too early to get involved!


Tea at 3 – Monday, May 12

Swing by the 3rd floor lounge of Pless for a last-day-of-classes study break! Tea, coffee, and treats will be provided.

Date: Monday, May 12
Time: Come by between 3-4 PM
Location: 3rd Floor Lounge in Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

Competitive Professional Development Reimbursement Fund-

The Competitive Professional Development Reimbursement Fund is a way for Steinhardt students to expand their academic, professional development and research endeavors. The fund can be used to cover conference/workshop fees, travel and accommodation expenses and presentation supplies.  Deadline to receive a reimbursement is Friday, May 2nd. For details and how to apply, please click here.

Let’s Talk International: Global Trivia Challenge

How well do you know the 70+ countries represented by the Steinhardt student body? Test your knowledge, learn something new, and enjoy free lunch at Let’s Talk International: Global Trivia Challenge.

Prizes awarded to the winners. Sign up today!

Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Details: Click here to register and learn more. Lunch is provided. Space is limited.

Let’s Talk International is a semi-structured discussion group and safe space for study abroad returnees, international students, third culture kids, and anybody interested in international/intercultural experiences to explore topics such as identity development, cultural adjustment, cross-cultural relationships, and general navigation of life across cultures.

International Advisory Committee (IAC) – April 30

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) assists the Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs in the organization and promotion of activities which celebrate and engage the diversity of countries, cultures, perspectives, traditions, and values within the Steinhardt community.

The IAC is open to all Steinhardt students interested in intercultural exchange, international diversity, and being involved in student activities. Lunch is served.

Interested in connecting with other globally-minded students at the next IAC meeting on April 30? Email for more information.

Register for the 2014 NYCDOE Principal Panel at NYU – Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:00pm

The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, the Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning and the Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs proudly present the 2014 NYCDOE Principal Panel at NYU.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Doors open at 4:15)
Where: Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th floor, 60 Washington Square South



The NYCDOE Principal Panel is an opportunity for you to hear directly from principals as they engage in robust discussion and share tips for the upcoming 2014/15 hiring season and school year. Five principals will be on the panel for one hour facilitated by NYCDOE teacher recruitment manager and NYU almuna, Leslie Banks. Principals will discuss what they are currently looking for in teachers, demo lessons and interview strategies. Half of the panel discussion is dedicated to a question and answer session for you to ask specific questions directly to principals. Immediately following there will be a networking session.


The second hour of the Principal Panel is the networking session. The networking session resembles a job fair with additional principals attending where you will be able to share your resume and discuss opportunities in their schools. Approximately 20 to 30 principals attend this portion. They are seated at tables with their vacancies and upcoming vacancies displayed. Participating principals represent both city need, diversity across grade level and concentration areas. It is customary for follow up interviews to be scheduled with prospective teachers during the networking session.

• This event is for certification program students who will be certified by September 1, 2014
• Dress is business casual
• Please bring at least 10 copies of your resume to share with the principals
• Light refreshments will be served

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 29th.

Any questions, please contact:

Leslie Banks
Teacher Recruitment Manager

Mark J. Perez
Manager, Certification Services
NYU Steinhardt

Tea at 3 – Tuesday, April 22

At the next Tea at 3, enjoy free treats while connecting with staff from the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) to learn more about their initiatives and offerings.

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: Come by between 3-4 PM
Location: Pless Hall 1st Floor Lounge, 82 Washington Square East

Sponsored by the Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs.

Scholarship Day

Wednesday, April 16th | Kimmel 914 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Please join us as we celebrate the richness and diversity of research conducted by Steinhardt’s student scholar. Students from throughout Steinhardt and all levels of study, including recipients of the 2013 Steinhardt Student Challenge Grants, will engage in poster and oral presentations about their research.

Ally Week – April 14-18 2014

During the week of April 14th-18th, 2014 the NYU LGBTQ Student Center and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs will call on all the NYU students, staff and faculty to PLEDGE TO BE AN NYU ALLY to people of a different race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual belief, ability, gender identity/expression, economic class, or identity than their own.

Please join us for various trainings throughout the week as well as the Opening Event and Closing Event.

All are welcome! Visit for more information.

Pick up an Ally Week button from Steinhardt Student Affairs, Pless Hall 2nd Floor.