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It is my privilege to serve Evangel University for over 20 years in areas of student and academic life, in areas of career development, counseling, academic support, disabilities, strengths education, program coordination, and teaching. I am passionate about helping students gain a sense who they are and what that means in terms of their callings in life. At Evangel, we are truly committed to our mission of educating and equipping students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the church and society globally.
Title: Vice President for Student Development
Office: Riggs Hall, Suite 304
Professional Information: Ph.D. Azusa Pacific University
M.A. Wheaton College
B.S. Evangel College
Job Responsibilities: My comprehensive focus is to serve our students well and help them develop into the people that God has created them to be, primarily in terms of academic, personal, spiritual, and professional growth. The VPSD reports to the President, serves as a member of the Cabinet and University Planning Council, represents the area of student development to the university and its constituents, and acts as a liaison between administration and students. Applying a deep knowledge of student development theory with best practices in student life, the VPSD offers a vision for a growth-oriented, strengths-educational model of student learning based on holistic development (spiritual, social, cultural, emotional, physical, vocational, and intellectual). Organizationally, the VP provides leadership and management oversight to all Student Development programs and services: community life (residence and commuter student programming, student activities, judicial system), spiritual life (chapel, discipleship, student ministries, missions trips), housing, public safety,as well as career, counseling, health, and conference services.
Org Memberships: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators(NASPA)
American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
Association of Christians in Student Development(ACSD)
Courses Taught: Psychology of Healthy Relationships (PSYC 138), University Seminar (GNST 100), Essential Christianity (BIBL 111), Behavioral Sciences Seminar (BEHA 296), Personal Leadership (LEDA 250), Human Growth and Development(PSYA 237), Career Planning Strategies (LEDA 255), Intro to Psychology (PSYA 112), Career Development and Counseling (PSYC 604 and GAC 604)
Publications: Phillips, S. L., Kirby, S. (2011). Small group curriculum, Last Days of Extraordinary Lives a Randy Bacon film).
Phillips, S. L. (2011). Path models of vocational calling in Christian college students. Christian Higher Education, 10, 296-323. Doi: 10.1080/15363759.2011.576220
Sutton, G. W., Phillips, S. L., & Lehnert, A. B. (2011). Strengths assessment, academic self-efficacy, and learning outcomes in a Christian university sample. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 30, 28-36.
Phillips, S. L. (2010). Developing your strengths. Equipping every woman leadership development (online course curriculum). The General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Schreiner, L. A., Phillips, S. L, & Case, K. (2010, February 25). Gendered Realities: A CCCU education through studentsí eyes. Paper presented at the International Forum for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Atlanta, Georgia.
Phillips, S. L. (2009). Predictors of vocational calling in Christian college students: A structural equation model (Doctoral dissertation). Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. (Publication No. AAT 3385097)
Phillips, S. L. (2005, June). Perceptions into a strengths-based approach to calling and vocation. Paper presented at the National Gallup Conference, Omaha, Nebraska
Started Work: 1985
Favorite Thing About Work: Having the profound opportunity every day to invest in students' lives and to serve them through leadership at Evangel.
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