Region 5 Mentoring Program

2nd Row: Narketta myles, TyLinda Sherrod, Amanda Idema, Renee Rerko, Breana Buckner, Wendi Whitman, Meg Underwood, Jennifer Bellini, Carlin Way, Rachel Pawloski, Emily McCord, Brian Aitken, Kevin Dodd, Hillary Carter, Cassie Rickenberg.
1st Row: Katie Bush-Glenn, Carrie Daut, Courtney Lewellen, Alyssa Cozad, Dana McCullough, Dawn Huckelberry, Lauren Henninger, Connie Hanson, Emmanuel Banda, Jamie Reynolds Heck, Eric Beckstrom, Ankit Shah.

Mentoring Program Overview

2018-2019 Mentoring Program Participants

2019 Mentoring Program Applications

Mentoring Program Overview

What is it?

  • Mentoring is an important aspect of one’s professional development. The NACADA Region 5 Conference Mentoring Program allows for new advising professionals to be paired with an experienced advisor within Region 5 providing a greater network and collaboration among Region 5 members.
  • Mentor and mentee pairs will meet at the NACADA Region 5 Conference for a pre-conference workshop. During the pre-conference workshop participants will review the benefits of a mentoring program and create expectations for one another. Mentoring pairs will develop an action plan that they will use throughout the year of their mentoring experience.

Benefits for the mentor

  • Mentoring as Teaching
    • Refine your advising skills
    • Try new techniques
  • Pride in Success
  • Giving Back
    • To NACADA
    • To the Advising Profession

Quotes from previous mentors

  • Mentoring a new advisor was truly a rewarding experience. It was a great way to give back to the advising profession and to see what great talent and dedication there is among young advisors.  What was especially great about the experience was that I learned just as much as my mentee and I have been advising for over 25 years! - Melinda McDonald, 2017-2018 Mentor
  • I learned that a great deal of the role of the mentor is being able to listen and support your mentee in their goals.  I knew I didn’t have all the answers, but I didn’t need to.  The experience became a journey that we took together, providing the support and encouragement went a long way in supporting my mentee in reaching her goals. - Deb Dotterer 2017-2018 Mentor
  • “Being a mentor allowed me to grow as a Servant Leader. The advice and support that was shared with my mentee served as a reminder for myself. The mentor/mentee opportunity taught me to embrace different opinions, be non-judgmental, be resourceful and be open to learning about the drive and passion within the individual” - Steven Taylor 2017-2018 Mentor

Benefits for the mentee

  • Support
    • Someone who has been in your shoes
  • Networking
    • Connection to another campus, state/province, and Region 5
  • Sounding Board
  • Mentoring as modeling
    • Learn new advising frameworks and techniques
  • Gain a greater connection to NACADA

Quotes from previous mentees

  • The mentoring process was very well thought-out and planned. My mentor helped provide me with motivation, ideas, and even how-to tips on a probation project for 3rd/4th year students. She was inspiring since she had experienced most of the issues since I was less than 3 years of having university advising experience. The mentoring program is crucial if matched with a well-rounded, experienced advisor who is willing to help and ask, "What can I do to help you to grow?" My mentor did and willingly!  This program is great if you do not have in-house resources available or need outside input for growth and development of advisors(ing). 
    I would recommend this program to newly minted and experienced advisors as an opportunity to network with other advisors while growing your skillse
    t. - Aundra Freeman, 2017-2018 Mentee
  • My mentor has helped me set goals for my professional development and holds me accountable.  My mentor also helps me think about some of challenges both I and my institution face from a different perspective. Our relationship is such that we are able to share experiences to help us both become better student affairs professionals. I have greatly enjoyed growing with and learning from my mentor.   -Brianna Burke 2017-2018 Mentee
2018-2019 Mentoring Program Participants

Each month we will spotlight one-two of the 2018-2019 Mentoring Pairs.   

This fantastic group of mentors and mentees attended the 2018 NACADA Region 5 Conference and a mentoring pre-conference workshop. During the workshop mentors and mentees got to know one another, set goals, and created an action plan for the year. They will continue their mentoring partnership until the 2019 Region 5 Conference.

August 2018 Spotlights:

Mentor: Rachel Pawlowski (right)
Mentee: Carrie Daut (left)

Rachel Pawlowski (Mentor)
Academic Advisor III, Wayne State University

What excites you about being a mentor?
Collaboration is the key to being a good advisor. I love being able to help someone new to the field learn to collaborate in their offices, in their colleges, and across NACADA as well.

What is a goal you have as a mentor?
I want to make sure that my mentee is aware of all of the different advising theories and that she can start to navigate the academic advising world through those lenses. It can help to impact how she creates programming and how she moves forward in her career.

Fun fact about Rachel:
I was a projectionist at a movie theoter for 10 years, during my undergraduate and graduate studies.

Carrie Daut (Mentee)
Academic Advisor, Loyola University Chicago

What excites you about being a mentee?
I know the mentee/mentor program will introduce me to great practices in advising, help me articulate my personal advising philosophy, and challenge me to seek out my professional "niche" within this field. However, I believe what keeps many of us in higher education and in academic advising is what we wake up each day and get to work with amazing colleagues. So, I am MOST excited to get to know a fantastic colleague and friend in my mentor!

What is a goal you have as a mentee?
My mentor and I would love to co-present at a future NACADA conference. Watch for us at upcoming events!

Fun fact about Carrie:
I'm obsessed with Baptiste hot yoga and have been practicing since 2015. Yoga has taken me to the beautiful beaches of Tulum, Mexico, and it heavily influenced my job search locations. In the next 10 to 15 years, I'd love to become a certified Baptiste yoga instructor.


Mentor: Brian Aitken (left)
Mentee: Kevin Dodd (right)

Brian Aitken (Mentor)
Coordinator, University College Advisement, Illinois State University

What excites you about being a mentor?
Having the opportunity to work closely with and learn from a colleague at another institution.

What is a goal you have as a mentor?
I want to give back to an organization and a profession that has given so much to me. I hope I can do that through my realtionship with Kevin.

Fun fact about Brian:
I can pretty much give you a scene by scene breakdown of every episode of The West Wing.

Kevin Dodd (Mentee)
Pathway Advisor, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

What excites you about being a mentee?
The opportunity to connect with and learn from great (and more experienced) colleagues across out region.

What is a goal you have as a mentee?
I'd like to expand my repertoire of strategies to connect with and engage students , and to match the advising approach to the student's particular needs.

Fun fact about Kevin:
Most of my free time is spent biking, hunting, or kayaking with my Yorkie Ginsberg (named after both the poet and the Supreme Court justice).

2019 Mentoring Program Applications

General Requirements to Participate:

  • Membership Status: NACADA Member at the time of the application and throughout the year of the program.
  • Must be registered for the NACADA Region 5 2019 Conference by the Early Bird Deadline
    • If you are not registered for the conference you will be notified and dropped from  the applicant pool.
  • Must be able to attend the Pre-Conference workshop the Wednesday of the conference from 12-4pm.

 Requirements to be a Mentor:

  • Must have worked in higher education and/or advising for at least seven (7) years.

Mentor application:

  • Opens: October 15, 2018
  • Due: January 14, 2019

Requirements to be a Mentee:

  • Must have worked in higher education and/or advising for five (5) years or less.
  • Applicants do not qualify if they have worked in higher education (advising, teaching, or other areas of student affairs/academic affairs) for more than five (5) years.

Mentee application:

  • Opens: December 14, 2018
  • Due:  February 13, 2019