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Epic Day

August 4th, 2015 | Posted by Hollie Chessman in Aug 2015

July 22nd, 2015 was an epic day.  It was the day that I presented my dissertation research to my committee, family and friends.  I talked about well-being and student affairs professionals, and the limited amount of research there is on the holistic well-being of these professionals.  My dissertation was based on the data of 2,414 student affairs professionals and their reported levels of well-being and their satisfaction with different work-life variables.  In the next several months, I am going to be releasing what I found through presentations, publications and blog posts.

I think some of the results are going to change the conversations we are having about work-life balance in our profession.  It is also going to change the conversation we have about autonomy and gratitude.  Well-being is a concept important to all of us – whether we are in student affairs or not.  But it is especially important to student affairs professionals because they are the care-givers and the ‘boots on the ground’ for students who are struggling and need support.

I look forward to sharing the results.  I think it is my responsibility to share these results.  I hope you will be interested and that you will share with your colleagues.

Oh, it was also an epic day because I became Dr. Chessman.

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