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Patrick Love
Director of Student Personnel Administration Program
Department of Psychology
(413) 748-3100

As you consider the next step in your career, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you want a meaningful career focused on the education and development of college students?
  • Are you looking for a challenging career in which you can make a transformative difference in the lives of other people?
  • Do you see yourself in a career in which you can work at either a small liberal arts college, a community college, or a large university?
  • Are you seeking a profession in which you will develop skills such as leadership, advising, management, counseling, and supervision?

If so, our student personnel administration in higher education graduate concentration will prepare you for these kinds of careers, and more. Many of our graduates have gone onto leadership roles in higher education.

The concentration curriculum provides the academic knowledge and practical experience to best prepare you to excel in the higher education field. We have a commitment to excellence grounded in the institutional mission of educating the whole student in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Springfield College has the intimacy of a small campus, but with the access to gaining experience at larger institutions and community colleges in the vicinity.

We integrate a rigorous and challenging experience both in and out of classroom with the joy of working directly with students. Our innovative and comprehensive curriculum is taught by both faculty and by full-time professionals and executive administrators. The curriculum encompasses the integration of theory-informed practice, counseling and helping competencies, leadership and management skills, and social justice and dismantling systems of oppression and marginalization.

Graduates of this program have gone on to work in every student affairs functional area, including residence life, student activities, multicultural affairs, career services, recreation and wellness, and academic advising, and at every type of institution throughout the United States, and beyond.

2018 New England College Personnel Association (NECPA) Pillar of Mentorship

Award Winning Faculty

Dr. Patrick Love serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs, Program Director of the Student Personnel Administration Program, and a Professor of Psychology at Springfield College. In 2018, Dr. Love was awarded the 2018 New England College Personnel Association Pillar of Mentorship. This award recognizes a senior-level professional who has shown an exceptional commitment to the field of Higher Education through service in leadership.

Patrick Love headshot.
I was attracted to the student personnel administration program in the psychology department at Springfield College because of its great reputation in the field of higher education. The faculty here are fantastic and the program is based upon counseling, group discussions, and field experience. Throughout your graduate experience you will gain not only classroom knowledge but also hands-on learning experiences that will help you to succeed in the workforce and in building relationships with others in the field. Alicia M. Ferreira, current graduate student
Alicia M. Ferreira

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