Student Affairs

Enhanced onboarding experience unveiled for new Student Affairs employees, additional supervisor resources provided


As part of an ongoing commitment to making improvements to processes and best practices, the Division of Student Affairs recently unveiled an enhanced onboarding experience for new employees. In addition, the division has also published onboarding resources for supervisors with editable appendices to better support new hires.

Pam Davis of Campus Activities & Events speaks during a Student Affairs staff meeting in 2019.
Pam Davis of Campus Activities & Events speaks during a Student Affairs staff meeting in Fall 2019.

“Clemson University is a better place thanks to our committed staff who want to welcome and develop others to ultimately enhance the staff experience within Student Affairs,” said Kristin Walker-Donnelly, director of assessment. “What makes it even better are people who shared the gift of time, insights and examples of their onboarding practices.”

The division’s efforts are the result of a direct response to data collected from a summer 2019 staff experience survey. At the time, only 57 percent of respondents stated they “agreed” or “strongly agreed” their department had an effective onboarding process or training for new employees. Staff experience is one of four core themes within Student Affairs.

As a result, the division created a robust onboarding experience for new employees through Tiger Training — an online orientation that now includes an overview of the division’s mission and vision statements, core themes, vice president’s background, organizational chart, engagement opportunities, external stakeholders and an introduction to each department within Student Affairs.

With the assistance of graduate interns, Student Affairs Business Operations (SABO) engaged many individuals throughout the division to provide feedback on the online orientation. The feedback provided invaluable ideas for supervisor resources –

The following individuals were instrumental in assisting throughout the process:

Pam Davis, Campus Activities & Events
Kelly Bardusk, Campus Recreation
Victoria Roberts, Campus Recreation
Julie Biggers, Center for Career and Professional Development
Neil Burton, Center for Career and Professional Development
Deb Herman, Center for Career and Professional Development
Troy Nunamaker, Center for Career and Professional Development
Josh Barnes, Center for Student Leadership and Engagement
DeOnte Brown, Community Achievement and Student Empowerment
Trish Robinson, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Aly Ruhl, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Joe Strickland, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Lynn Tumblin, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Gary Wiser, Fraternity and Sorority Life
Kathy Cauthen, Advocacy and Success
Tyrome Philson, Advocacy and Success
Kimberly Poole, Advocacy and Success
Abby Dill, Community and Ethical Standards
Mary Montgomery, Community and Ethical Standards
Tony Whaley, Community and Ethical Standards
Amy Gamble, Residential Learning
Maryne Taute, Residential Living
Lisa Bona, Student Affairs Business Operations
Tina LeMay, Student Affairs Publications

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