Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 2 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held at the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, unless otherwise noted. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please use this form.

P1. Academic Advising 101: The Art of Blending Theory & Practice
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:00-1:50pm
Alice Salamon, Univeristy of Guelph-Humber

Have you ever wondered why we advise the way we do? What is the foundation on which we base our practice? What style of Advisor are you?

Theory is boring...this presentation is fun! This workshop will provide you with a general overview of various advising approaches including prescriptive advising, intrusive advising, developmental advising, and more! Let’s talk about students, their problems and concerns, and how we can integrate theory in our practice.

P2. Publish with NACADA: Find the Appropriate NACADA Venue for Your Writing - FREE
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:00-1:50pm
Wendy Troxel, Kansas State University
Peter L. Hagen, Stockton University
Thomas Grites, Stockton University

This session, sponsored by the NACADA Publications Advisory Board and the Editorial Board of the NACADA Journal, describes the purpose, content, writing guidelines, and acceptance process for each NACADA publication venue.  From the NACADA Blog and book reviews, to Academic Advising Today, NACADA-produced books, the new online, scholarly journal NACADA Review: Academic Advising Praxis and Perspectives, and the flagship NACADA Journal, there is a place for your contribution!  This session helps you understand the various writing opportunities within NACADA and lays out step is to help you start a writing project.

P3. The Advisor's Guide to Mentoring: Developing Campus-Based Programs
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:00-1:50pm
Gavin Farber, Temple University
Mary Beth Flynn, Temple University

This workshop will assist practitioners to develop advisor mentoring programs on their campuses.  The session will discuss the programmatic efforts at Temple University and how the culture positively changed through the creation of a mentoring program aligning new advisors (protégés) with established talent (mentors). The presenters will highlight the benefits and challenges associated with the creation an institutional mentoring program. Attendees will be able to create an action plan to bring back to their campuses on the exploration of new mentoring opportunities. Join this session to learn more about the art of mentoring in higher education and how this engagement can impact your personal and professional development.

P4. Job Search Boot Camp - FREE
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:00-4:50pm
Jon May, George Mason University
Lisa Yamin, Virginia Commonwealth University

Are you less than a year from finishing your graduate school program? Are you getting ready to enter the job market? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the nuances associated with a job search? Then our job search boot camp is for you! Come to this FREE pre-conference and learn more about how to prepare for your impending job search. We will offer self-assessments, critique your cover letter and resume, conduct mock interviews and explore other factors to help you conduct a successful job search.

P5. Engagement, Thankfulness, and Communication: The Key to Becoming a Great Higher Education Leader
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:00-4:50pm
Dawn Coder, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus
John Carter, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Employee engagement and appreciation are essential to employee morale, positive team environments, and successful leadership. Academic Advisers want to provide feedback, share ideas to improve work efficiency, be acknowledged for the outstanding work they do and to share innovative ideas to better serve students. In this presentation, examples will be shared with you of the intentional methods created, by leadership, to gain feedback, give important business updates, show appreciation and to improve work processes. Some have been very successful, and some not as effective. The key is to identify which methods to continue and which to discontinue.

P6. Understanding Privilege within the Context of Advising Relationships
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:00-4:50pm
Quentin Alexander, Longwood University
Marcus Ware, George Washington University

Often we unintentionally approach advising from a worldview different than that of our students.  Being “culturally competent” often means advisors understand visible identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender) of advisees, and how these identities impact the advising relationship.  Research indicates that an invisible construct, privilege, defined as a special right or advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people (McIntosh, 1988), is often more of a barrier than cultural incompetence in advising relationships.

Through participant discussion and involvement in experiential activities, this workshop seeks to bring awareness about privilege, and how advisees might experience privilege within the context of advising relationships. By understanding privilege, we might understand how it impacts our advisees. This knowledge can help us be culturally sensitive in advising relationships.

P7. NACADA Orientation for First-Time Attendees - FREE
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:00-6:00pm
NACADA Region 2 Leaders

As a new member or a first time attendee at a NACADA event, you most likely have questions you want answered: How can I benefit from my NACADA membership? I am only in my first year, can I even get involved? What is my NACADA region and what opportunities are available to me?

In this session you will be introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region. This orientation is designed to provide guidance to new members and first time attendees as they begin their journey - learn how you can make the most of your “first year experience” in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!