NACADA International Conference:
Enhancing Student Success: A Global Perspective
June 5-7, 2013Hosted by University College Maastricht
University College Maastricht
Nicolai Manie, University College Maastricht, the Netherlands
Bio:Nicolai Manie (MA) is a lecturer at University College Maastricht and has been active in Academic Advising for three years. Nicolai is a project leader within Maastricht University’s Leading in Learning program which focuses on the improvement of study success. Within this program, Nicolai develops online tools aiding students in making study choices, researches the relation between alumni and current student populations and explores new ways in which Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics can play a role in curriculum development and student advising. In 2011 Nicolai invited Charlie Nutt of NACADA to Maastricht, to strengthen the ties between NACADA and Maastricht University and to contribute to NACADA’s international ambitions. Nicolai is enthusiastic to share his views on the use of data visualization and technology to the benefit of students with the larger Academic Advising community.
Jayne Drake, Temple University, United States
Bio:Jayne Drake is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program, and Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. As Vice Dean she is responsible for all academic matters, student services, programs, advising, and curricular initiatives for the College’s 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Jayne is a former President of NACADA, and as a member of the Association’s Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Service, Jayne travels nationally and internationally to provide keynote addresses and to conduct workshops on a number of advising-related topics. She also serves as a consultant and reviewer to a number of universities regarding the development and reorganization of advising services. She has been published widely in the field of advising. Her latest project is as lead editor of a forthcoming NACADA book on theories and approach to academic advising. Jayne earned her Ph.D. in English at Penn State. Her teaching and publication interests include seventeenth- through nineteenth-century American literature, the history of printing and publishing in America, American literary periodicals, and literary research methods. She is humbled to be the recipient of NACADA’s 2012 Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising.
Nancy King, Kennesaw State University, United States
Bio:Nancy S. King is the Executive Assistant for Strategic Initiatives at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, GA. Prior to assuming this role, she was Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services. She has also been the Director of an academic advising center for first-year students and exploratory students. Dr. King holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Mercer University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Georgia State University.
Dr. King has served the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as President, Vice-President for Member Services, and Public College Representative. She also chaired the 1992 NACADA National Conference.
Dr. King has published in the field of first-year seminar programs, student success, and collaboration between academic and student affairs. She has made presentations on these topics both in the United States as well as internationally.
Some of the awards Dr. King has received include the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, Advisor of the Year Award at the Golden Key Honor Society International Conference, and the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising from the National Academic Advising Association.
Karen Sullivan-Vance,Western Oregon University, United States
Bio:Karen Sullivan-Vance is the Director of the Academic Advising and Learning Center at Western Oregon University. Karen was awarded the Gail Rola Memorial Award for Leadership with Passion and Integrity and also received the 2010 Outstanding Academic Advising Administrator award from NACADA The Global Community of Advising. She publishes, consults and presents nationally and internationally on issues such as creating/restructuring advising, first-generation students, liberal arts, foster youth, motivation/resiliency and professional development. Karen completed her bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Puget Sound, Masters in Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University.
Penny Robinson, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Bio:Penny Robinson is Senior Academic Liaison Adviser at the University of Leeds, Yorkshire, UK. Originally a Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese, she has become steadily more interested in student support and advising. She has attended, and given presentations at several NACADA conferences, and has published in Academic Advising Today. Originally from London, Penny studied at King's College London before moving to England's largest county. She is also Warden of a student hall of residence and lives with her husband, Droog, and tortoiseshell cat, Annag (Annag would reverse this order of importance).
Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski, University of Utah, United States
Bio:Sharon A. Aiken-Wisniewski is the Asst. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Dean for University College, and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah. She views academic advising as a strategic tool in connecting students to campus opportunities that produce extraordinary educational experiences. She has presented over 65 presentations at state, regional, and national advising conferences as well as delivering multiple keynote addresses. Within NACADA, her leadership positions have included the NACADA Board of Directors, Research Committee, NACADA Assessment Institute and is chair of the NACADA 2013 Annual Conference. Sharon is a consultant for the NACADA Consultants and Speakers Service and a contributor to various NACADA publications such as the Assessment Monograph (2nd Edition), Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising Monograph, the NACADA Journal, and Academic Advising Today. The scope of her expertise in academic advising includes the assessment process, retention strategies for undergraduate students, major exploration strategies, academically at-risk student issues, leadership & change models, and qualitative research strategies. As a practitioner-scholar, her research agenda focuses on identity development within gendered careers and advising as a profession. She holds a B.A. and M.S. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy and enjoys hiking, digital photography, gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, and blogging.
Oscar van den Wijngaard,Vera Bossel, University College Maastricht, the Netherlands
Bio:Oscar van den Wijngaard is a lecturer in humanities at University College Maastricht (part of Maastricht University), and is currently in his tenth year as Coordinator of Academic Advising. Prior to joining UCM in 2003, he worked for several years as program director for the Dutch semester abroad program in Leiden of Central College, Pella (IA). Oscar serves on several committees at Maastricht University, both in the field of teaching and learning, and advising, and in these capacities plays an active role in educational development as well the professionalization of advising at his institution. He joined NACADA in 2007 and has been an active member ever since. After having served a term on the Advisory Board of the NACADA Summer Institute, he is now a member of the Internationalization Task Force. He presented on various conferences on collaborative learning and research based learning in the Netherlands and the UK, and NACADA annual conferences. Given his interest, it should come as no surprise that he feels a strong commitment to the idea that ‘advising is teaching’ – and the other way around.