Associations and Publications

Professional development involves much more than conferences and workshops!  Professional associations and journals can help you stay current in your field. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Be sure to ask your department head or mentor which one(s) might be most beneficial to you. 

Professional Associations

Get involved with national and regional professional associations:

  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education  (We are Region IV-East)

  • ACPA - American College Personnel Association 

Housing and Res Life

  • ACUHO-I - Association of College and University Housing Officers

  • GLACUHO – Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers

Campus Rec

  • NIRSA National Intramural Recreational Sports Association  

  • NRPA National Recreation and Park Association  

  • ACSM American College of Sports Medicine  

  • AAHPERD American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance 

Student Unions  


Ethnic-Racial Diversity

Management and Human Resources

  • CHEMA - Council of Higher Education Management Associations  

  • CUPA-HR - College and University Professional Association For Human Resources 

  • NACUBO -  National Association of College & University Business Officers  

  • URMIA - University Risk Managers Insurance Association  

Community Opportunities

  • CUVolunteers is a partnership between the United Way of Champaign County and the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.



Some journals are available for public viewing online, while other publications are only available to members of the sponsoring organization or by subscription. Links to several journals are provided below; you may need to access some of them on a University web connection. In addition, the University Library has online subscriptions to hundreds of peer-reviewed journals that are not available through the professional organizations' websites. 

o   American Educational Research Journal

o   ASHE Higher Education Report (2005-present)

o   ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports (1995-2004)

o   College Student Affairs Journal

o   College Student Journal

o   Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

o   Educational Policy

o   Educational Researcher

o   Higher Education

o   Higher Education Quarterly

o   Higher Education Research & Development

o   Innovative Higher Education

o   Journal of College and University Student Housing

o   Journal of College Student Development

o   Journal of Higher Education

o   Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

o   Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (Formerly NASPA Journal)

o   Research in Higher Education

o   Review of Educational Research

o   Review of Higher Education

o   Review of Research in Education

o   Studies in Higher Education