Winston and Creamer Model Interview Report

One of the best ways to learn about student affairs administration is through the experience of current professionals. Students will be responsible for conducting a staffing practice interview and writing a comprehensive report on their findings. The purpose of this interview will be to assess the degree to which selected administrators use the processes and practices contained in the Winston and Creamer (1997) Model (Schuh et al, 2017, p. 426). 

These structured interviews are to be designed around the interviewee as a supervisor/leader with unique questions focused on the six components of the Winston and Creamer (1997) Model (a) recruitment and selection, (b) orientation, (c) supervision, (d) staff development, (e) performance appraisal, and (f) separation.

Interviewees must be department or division heads and have at least two (2) years of supervisory experience at that level and must supervise at least two (2) full-time professional staff members. The interviewees may be at your undergraduate institution, or another college/university you have a connection with or wish to have a connection with but must be in a functional area in which you have an interest. The interviewer cannot be working in the interviewee’s current job site (meaning office). Be careful to document these criteria carefully in your report.

The report’s primary focus is on what you learned from the interview.  Avoid just describing or synthesizing the responses to your questions.  Include thoughts and questions that emerged for you about the profession, the particular position/function, and the potential impact on your own professional development.

Staff Practices Interview & Reflection 

One of the best ways to learn about student affairs administration is through the experience of current professionals. 

Students will be responsible for conducting a staffing practice interview and writing a comprehensive report on their findings. The purpose of this interview will be to assess the degree to which selected administrators use the CSPA5004 Fa20 Administration in College Student Personnel 4 processes and practices contained in the Winston and Creamer (1997) Model (Schuh et al, 2017, p. 426). 

These structured interviews are to be designed around the interviewee as a supervisor/leader with unique questions focused on the six components of the Winston and Creamer (1997) Model 

(a) recruitment and selection, 

(b) orientation, 

(c) supervision, 

(d) staff development, 

(e) performance appraisal, 

(f) separation. 

Interviewees must be department or division heads and have at least two (2) years of supervisory experience at that level and must supervise at least two (2) full-time professional staff members. 

The interviewees may be at NSU, your undergraduate institution, or another college/university you have a connection with or wish to have a connection with but must be in a functional area in which you have an interest. The interviewer cannot be working in the interviewee’s current job site (meaning office). Be careful to document these criteria carefully in your report. The report’s primary focus is on what you learned from the interview. 

Avoid just describing or synthesizing the responses to your questions. Include thoughts and questions that emerged for you about the profession, the particular position/function, and the potential impact on your own professional development. You may want to develop your questions in advance and share them with the person you plan to interview. Allot and request sixty (60) minutes for the interview. Broad, open-ended questions are best. Start by establishing some rapport by asking questions about your interviewee’s background and experience. 

As an example, if you want to know about recruitment and selection, a good first question might be, “How are employees recruited to be part of your applicant pool?” You might follow that by asking, “How is your selection committee formed?” Once you receive applications, how do you determine who gets the job?” If you have understood the readings about the particular staffing practices, a series of questions should be developed pretty easily.

Interview Etiquette 

Please make sure that you are professional in your interactions with colleagues being interviewed. The people you meet may potentially be interviewing you or a cohort member for a job in the future and we want them to have a positive view of the students of the CSA program. 

We do not want the impression that they have of you as being unorganized or discourteous. If doing phone or online interviews, please do your best to be timely in arranging interviews and do your research ahead of time so that you are asking questions that cannot be found on the website. Make sure to send thank you notes or emails after your visit

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