Theory, Philosophy, & History of Advising Community

Our focus is the self-reflexive work of examining the theoretical, philosophical and historical foundations of academic advising, in addition to supporting theory building initiatives and their applications. We welcome the study of academic advising from any theoretical vantage point and look to incorporate theory in new ways. We seek to promote the study and understanding of theory, philosophy, and the historical foundations related to academic advising, and to support and encourage conference presentations, publications, and research in these areas. We seek to develop and advance philosophical and historical reflection in the field of academic advising both within NACADA and outside associations, administration, faculty and other stakeholders.

April 2018 Discussion

Medieval Foundations of a 21st Century Profession: The Value of Historical Narratives to Academic Advising

Presented by: Wojciech Bełtkiewicz, PhD, Indiana University - Bloomington
Lawyers have Cicero. Physicians have Hippocrates. Nurses have Florence Nightingale.  Who are the great professional forefathers (or foremothers) of academic advisors? 

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January 2018 Discussion

The community hosted a Brown Bag via Zoom on 1/25/18 called The Problem of Dualism in Academic Advising - A Deweyan Critique by Kurt Xyst, Lead Academic Advisor in Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising at the University of Washington. 

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Ethics & Advising Discussion from 2017


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Current Chair

sean bridgen

Sean Bridgen
Penn State University- New Kensington

News & Updates

Welcome Sean as the new Chair!