Professional Development

Recommended Readings for New Fraternity/Sorority Professionals

When we're working with new fraternity/sorority professionals, they often ask us what they should be reading or studying. Our team reads A LOT, so we have a lot of recommendations. It was difficult, but we compiled all list of our favorites. These are the top 25 books we recommend most often. If we had it our way, they would be required reading for everyone working with fraternities and sororities. Enjoy! The New Fraternity/Sorority Professional's Reading List

Why 'Change the Person' Strategies Fail

This sounds reasonable, but why do these strategies fall short (when used alone)?

There is more oxygen in the air in Vegas, we have increased exposure to risky situations in college, and there are social taboos against calling out a friend. Environment is a powerful enabler, and despite our best attempts to be the one to do things differently, the world around us always has a trump card.

The Learning Styles Myth

Asking a trainer about learning styles is comparable to asking a fraternity/sorority advisor if they teach keg-tapping.  It’s a tempting idea, but it makes about as much sense as believing in bigfoot or tryptophan.  Like these examples, the myth is interesting and popular, but the evidence is elusive (Curry, 1990).“Although the literature on learning styles is enormous, very few studies have even used an experimental methodology capable of testing the validity of learning styles applied to education. Moreover, of those that did use an appropriate method, several found results that flatly contradict the popular meshing hypothesis” (Pashler, McDaniel, Rohrer, & Bjork, 2008, p. 105).

Every Professional Active?

This past summer, RISE revisited its purpose, and accepted the challenge to help every member become more active and engaged in their fraternity / sorority experience.  While the extent to which members are “active” will vary, it is an appropriate goal for us, a company committed to improving the fraternal movement. As dedicated  supporters of the interfraternal community, we challenge our fellow professionals to be more “active" in their role. By active we don't mean volume, we mean intention.  Here are five ways you can become more active as a fraternity/sorority professional:

    Bringing Sexy Back ... to Policy Training

    Last week a colleague called me to ask for help. Apparently, a handful of chapters are showing a pattern of violations and confusion around risk management policy and the NPC unanimous agreements. She has now been charged with creating and presenting a policy training session for each chapter. She was concerned, because the program could very easily turn into the typical pain-filled policy reading. Instead, she wanted to do something more meaningful and interesting that might actually work. If she had done what most people do: