About Leadership and Values in Action

About Leadership and Values in Action

I am Joseph Rios, and I believe that leadership is an expression of our values.  And I want to help you learn how to put these values into action.

From tackling personal decisions to reaching a large student audience, my job is to guide you to your intended goals and outcomes. As a professional Leadership and Educational Consultant, I guarantee personalized results. I’m fueled by my commitment to excellence and go the extra mile to make sure clients are fully satisfied with my work. Get in touch with me today for a free consultation.



Professional Experiences

My 20 years of professional experience spans multiple institutions, student affairs offices and student development opportunities. This includes three years as the executive director of an NIC-affiliated fraternity, and nearly ten years as a Fraternity staff member and volunteer.

Director, Student Affairs Assessment & Engagement Operations
Mustang Involvement Center, Mount Ida College (2015-2018)

Executive Director
Tau Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. (2015-18)

Associate Director, Leadership, Diversity & First Year Programs
NJIT Campus Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology (2004-11)

Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Affairs
Student Involvement & Activities, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1999-2004)

Read my entire professional experiences by click on learn more below.

My Work

Promising Practices in Anti-Hazing Education for Fraternity Advisors
Doctorate in Education Earned, May 2014
As part of a collaborative group of doctoral researchers, this dissertation explored promising practices in anti-hazing education for fraternity advisors.  Using a case study model, my research discussed a model for building a campus-wide approach to anti-hazing education that could be modeled at other higher education institutions. Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, University of Southern California, 2014

Enlightened Gentlemen’s Program
Published January 2013
Tau Delta Phi Fraternity created a multi-year membership development program that focuses on individual leadership and group expectations past the new member process.  Co-created with Shawn Dowiak, Ed.D. and grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership, the program emphasizes values clarification and professional development through alumni status.

Leadership Development Curriculum
September 2004-July 2011
The New Jersey Institute of Technology created a leadership development curriculum based on the Social Change Model of Leadership.  I was able to increase annual completion rates by 50% within 7 years.

The Tales of a Displaced Worker
Published January 2020
From the Preface: “I really hope you didn’t just get the news that your college is about to close. That kind of news isn’t easy to face. I know this from personal experience. In May 2018, the college where I worked closed with six weeks’ notice. In the time since it closed, I have tried to figure out what my next steps should be, including posting blog posts focused on student affairs. I also began to chronicle my job search journey and pulled the posts into a book. Tales of a Displaced Worker will cover a year in my life after the announcement of the college closure. Topics will include how to manage some of the immediate needs, such as crafting a resume, to managing the emotional issues, like maintaining your tribe.”

The SAGA Facilitation Model: Skills and Tools for Your Meetings, Workshop, and Trainings
Published July 2020
Even skilled facilitators need a framework to ask important and critical questions to dig deep into group learning. The SAGA Facilitation Model, comprised of four different but important types of questions give any facilitator a short-hand to ask questions in the correct sequence to help any group. The book covers the four types of questions, how to structure questions for learning and how to prepare yourself as a facilitator. It is the perfect book for novice and experienced facilitators.

What I Offer for You

Leadership & Developmental Workshops: A Personalized Approach

I have over 20 years of experience working with young adult and college-age students and can speak to a number of topics, including goal setting, values-centered leadership, customer service and purposeful program planning. I can customize content as necessary.

Noteworthy Blogs and Thoughts: Join the Journey

I have recorded my thoughts about student leadership development, group facilitation, assessment and career development. Feel free to peruse the collection and subscribe to the blog. Above all, I want to help you explore professional and personal development!

You can also read about my own journey in Tales of a Displaced Worker. It is now available for purchase through Amazon as a paperback or e-book.

And you can read about the SAGA Facilitation Model. It is currently available for pre-order purchase as an e-book on Amazon.

Assessment & Consulting: Expert Guidance

Does your department or student affairs division need help collecting or using data? Do you need need some one-on-one or group training on assessment techniques? Want to review your departmental effectiveness? Now is the time to meet and find solutions for these topics.

Career Coaching & Goal Setting: Defining the Path

Do you need more one-on-one professional coaching? Need to review your professional goals and how you can better utilize your strengths to reach your desired outcomes? Consider Career Coaching to help you reach you goals. So now is the time to schedule an introductory meeting where we can discuss a plan that works best for you.

Do you have a similar need on your campus, within your organization, or want to learn how you can improve your student leadership training and development? In short, contact me now and see what I can do for you or your institution or organization.

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