MS 702 - Susan R. Komives Papers
|MS 702 - Susan R. Komives Papers
The Susan R. Komives Papers were donated to the National Student Affairs Archives, Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University, by Dr. Komives, on November 26, 2012. The collection consists of twelve linear feet of publications, presentations, subject files, correspondence, awards, and audio-visual materials, dating from 1966-2013. The donation also included five linear feet of publications, journals, and reports which have been added to existing collections within the National Student Affairs Archives.
Dr. Susan Komives received her undergraduate and master’s degree from Florida State University. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1973, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and also was employed in the area of Residence Halls. She continued in her professional career serving as Associate Dean of Students at Denison University in Ohio, from 1973 to 1978; Vice President and Dean of Student Life at Stephens College in Missouri, from 1978 to 1985; and Vice President for Student Development at the University of Tampa, Florida, from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, Dr. Komives was hired as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. She retired in 2012, as Professor in the Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education Department, and chair of the College Student Personnel Program.
Dr. Komives has held leadership positions in several professional associations, including President of the American College Personnel Association (1982-1983), President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, (2008-2011), Member of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association (2009-2012), and Faculty Fellow for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2010-2013). She also served on many task forces and committees for these professional associations.
Dr. Komives’ contributions to the profession as a teacher, leader, speaker, and writer are too numerous to list in detail in this biographical sketch. Please refer to her curriculum vitae located in the biographical subject file, as well as the award nomination letters located in the awards subject files for a description of her publications, presentations, professional services, and the many students she mentored. Her impact on and within the profession has been felt deeply both on a national and international basis. As one nominee stated in her letter for the ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award, “Susan has an uncanny ability to generate passion and commitment in those around her. The number of leadership scholars that she has mentored is a testament to her influence. Her devotion to the field, and her wisdom and expertise, allow her to facilitate learning environments unlike any I have experienced in my prior twenty years of education.”
The Susan R. Komives Papers are arranged into four record groups: Publications, Presentations, Subject Files, and Audio-Visuals. These record groups are further arranged by series which are described as follows.
Publications: The publications are divided into two series: monographs, and chapter articles, journal articles, and other published writings. All of the publications are separately listed and arranged chronologically by date of publication.
Presentations: The presentations are arranged by date and include planning correspondence, programs, speeches, power point slides, and notes used for keynote speeches, conference presentations, workshops, institutes, and panel discussions. Of interest is a separate file documenting an institute on student affairs conducted at the University of Macau, China.
Subject Files: The subject files are arranged into four series: Education and Professional Employment; Professional Associations; Leadership; and Professional and Biographical. The Education/Professional Employment subject files include correspondence, news articles, and publications documenting Dr. Komives educational and professional employment experiences. The files are arranged by institution and then by date. Of interest is a separate file documenting the study abroad program at Qatar developed during Dr. Komives tenure at the University of Maryland. The Professional Associations subject files document Dr. Komives leadership positions in various professional associations involved in higher education and student affairs. The files are arranged by association, then by topic and date. The Leadership subject files document Dr. Komives’ work in developing curriculum and other initiatives both at the University of Maryland and with other associations involved in promoting leadership in students. Of special interest are her notebooks and files documenting the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership. These files are arranged by group or initiative and then by date. The Professional and Biographical subject files include nomination letters and other correspondence relating to the many professional awards given to Dr. Komives. These are arranged by date. A biographical file contains Dr. Komives’ most current curriculum vitae and biographical sketches. Correspondence files include letters to and from professional colleagues. A publication file includes reviews of her works and correspondence with publishers and colleague regarding various publications.
Audio-Visuals: The Audio-Visual record group includes a few photographs, cassette and VHS tapes, and DVDs of Dr. Komives’ speeches, panel participation, awards, and retirement. The tapes and DVDs are separately listed and arranged by date..
(Please refer to Curriculum Vitae for complete list and full citation)
Box 2: Monographs
Box 3 Chapter articles, journal articles, and other published writings
(Please also refer to the individual Association archives, e.g. ACPA MS-319)
Box 14: American College Personnel Association (ACPA)