Welcoming Staff: The Questionnaire

by Stefanie Lucas-Waverly

I can hardly believe we are already in the middle of July. As you start to prepare for students coming to campus, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorite tips for student staff supervision. Supervising students for the first time can be challenging, but staff supervision is my most favorite part of working in student affairs.

Building a strong foundation and professional relationship with staff members from the beginning is important. Send an email out to staff members letting them know a little bit about yourself and interests. Consider having them respond to the email by filling out a questionnaire. In the past, these have proven especially helpful as I build staff trainings, 1:1 meetings, and figured out ways to recognize staff members for their interests.

Here are a few suggested questions:

Where are you from?

What are you majoring in or what are you considering as a major?

What are you passionate about? What excites you?

If you could spend a day doing anything, what would you do? Where? With who?

How do you like to be recognized or thanked? In front of a crowd? Thank you note? Something else? Please explain!

What makes you unique? Consider talking about one or more of your identities.

How would you like our meetings to run? Strict to an agenda or more casual?

Finish this sentence. I am most happy when _________________________.

In three words how would your best friends describe you?

What other jobs, involvements, or commitments do you have this semester?

How are you going to change the world?

Feel free to give students a date to have the questionnaire completed, but have copies on hand when they arrive in case someone does not have access to a computer.

Have questions you would add? Want more advice about creating a questionnaire? I am happy to send you a PDF of this questionnaire. Feel free to tweet me @Stefanie_Lucas.

Check back next week to get tips on welcoming student staff. 

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