Institute Faculty

Our team of expert faculty brings together a wide variety of advising and administrative experiences. Regardless of the type of higher education institution you represent, you will have ample opportunity to interact with the faculty and others who share common challenges and commitments. 

Track A
Stephanie Hands
University of New Mexico
Joshua Smith
Loyola University Maryland
Mark Taylor
Georgia Southern University
Dana Zahorik
Fox Valley Technical College
Kimberly Smith
Virginia Poly Tech. Inst & St. U
Julie Givans Voller
Phoenix College
Track B
John Paul Regalado
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Casey Self
Arizona State University
Steve Dandaneau
Kansas State University
Bill Watts
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Tara Warden
University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Rush
Staff Liaison - Program Coordinator
Dayna Kuhlman
Program Assistant
Charlie Nutt
Executive Director

Steven Dandaneau

Steven P. Dandaneau, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Kansas State University. Steve has previously served as NACADA Administrator’s Institute faculty as well as benefited from participation as part of a group of K-State colleagues working to strengthen academic advising university-wide. Steve serves on the Reinvention Collaborative board and participates in EAB’s Student Success Collaborative.

Julie Givans Voller

Julie Givans Voller is Director of Academic Advising and Transfer Services at Phoenix College, part of PC’s One-Stop Enrollment Center.

Previously, Julie worked at Arizona State University. There, Julie led 60+ advisors in the Liberal Arts and Sciences through implementation of program sequencing, critical tracking, learning communities, predictive analytics, and a new SIS.

Julie is part of NACADA’s Publications Advisory Board and the Professional Development Committee. Julie was co-editor and a contributing author to Beyond Foundations: Developing as a Master Advisor, and lead editor of Academic Advising Training and Professional Development: Practices that Deliver

Julie earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University

Stephanie Hands

Stephanie Hands is the Director of Advising for the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is responsible for all advising functions within the college including the benchmarking and data collection, staff hiring and training, student transition and completion, structure and policy reform, and communication within the college and to other stakeholders within the academic community. Stephanie has worked in advisement since 1989.She earned both a BA in Psychology and an MBA at UNM.  She is currently taking courses in the graduate Educational Psychology program.

She has been a member of NACADA since 2001 and has sat on various boards for the past nine years. Her interests include advising administration, advising models and structures, technology, assessment, and relationship building with other student success units. Stephanie is serving as the Outgoing Chair for the Administrators’ Institute.

Charlie Nutt

Charlie Nutt, a NACADA member since 1991, joined Kansas State University and the NACADA Executive Office in 2002 as Associate Director and Assistant Professor in the College of Education and was made Executive Director in 2007. Charlie served in various leadership roles in the Association before coming to work full-time for Executive Office. He has served on the faculty of the NACADA Summer Institute, Academic Advising Administrators' Institute, and Assessment of Advising Institute. As Executive Director of NACADA, Charlie is responsible for coordinating the work of the Executive Office staff as well as working with the various NACADA units on professional development issues, external relations for the Association, and our International initiatives.

JP Regalado

John Paul “JP” Regalado currently serves as the Executive Director of Academic Advising at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he is responsible for academic advising for the University.

JP has worked at the University of Texas at Austin in a variety of positions and areas including the College of Liberal Arts, the Executive Vice President and Provost’s office, and the School of Undergraduate Studies.

JP is the first in his family to go to college and has over 21 years of experience working in higher education. JP has served in numerous roles in NACADA including Vice President and President.

Casey Self

Casey have served as an academic advising administrator since 1996, and also has student affairs/residence hall administration experience. At Arizona State University, Casey has managed and supervised large academic advising programs focusing on exploratory students, as well as declared majors for ground and online programs. His leadership in NACADA includes three years on the board of directors, and serving as vice president and president of the association during his board tenure. Casey also served as a past NACADA committee chairperson for the Advising Administrators' Institute advisory board. Serving as an Administrators' Institute faculty member is one of his favorite parts of being affiliated with NACADA.

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith began his career in academic advising, working with undeclared students in the office of undergraduate studies at the University of Albany.  From there he transitioned to the role of director of assessment, assisting chairs and deans in program reviews and developing student learning outcomes. Joshua moved into a faculty role, conducting research in the area of academic transition, teaching courses in research design, and leading a research center that garnered more than $3 million in institutional, foundation, corporation, and government support. Beyond leading the center, Joshua’s leadership experience includes serving as associate dean and dean of the School of Education.

Kimberly Smith

Dr. Kimberly S. Smith serves as the Assistant Provost for Academic Advising Initiatives at Virginia Tech.  Kimberly provides leadership for university-wide initiatives related to enhancing advising. She is responsible for developing and evaluating academic advising services.  She is the co-author of a chapter entitled Applying Quality Educational Principles to Academic Advising.  Kimberly has also written a chapter based on her research on undecided students in Research Studies in Higher Education: Educating Multicultural College Students.  Kimberly has presented at the regional, national, and international level on topics related to assessment of advising, advising undecided students, technology in advising, and developing effective advising programs.

Mark Taylor

Mark A. Taylor is the Director of Academic Advising and Support at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. Mark previously served as Assistant Provost and Senior Assistant Dean at the University of Kentucky. Mark has extensive experience in hiring, training, evaluating, and supervising within large professional advising programs. He has led pre-conference workshops on advising leadership and administration and has authored NACADA monograph chapters on advisor career ladders, performance evaluations, credentials, and salaries. Mark holds a law degree and PhD in Higher Education. This is his ninth year on the faculty of the Administrators’ Institute.

Wendy Troxel

Dr. Wendy G. Troxel was named the inaugural Director of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University in May of 2016. Opening officially in the Fall of 2017, the Center will provide opportunities for research and professional development to a diverse global membership and the academic advising profession. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs (SECSA) she teaches graduate level classes in research methods and supports the scholarly work of students. She also serves as co-editor of the NACADA Journal.

Tara Stopfel Warden

Tara Stopfel Warden is the Assistant Vice Provost for Advising & Academic Services at the University of Cincinnati, with university-wide responsibility including three campuses. Since 1992, she has worked in various roles in student affairs, academic affairs, and enrollment management.  Tara has been a member of NACADA since 2003, presenting regularly at NACADA Annual Conferences.  She has been active in the Advising Administration Commission and the Commission for Undecided and Exploring Students. Tara is a contributor to two NACADA monographs, Advising Special Student Populations (2007) and Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century (2011.) 

Bill Watts

Serving as an academic advisor and advising administrator since 1999, Bill currently leads campus-wide advising and career services at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. His professional efforts consistently incorporate and encourage collaboration among campus partners and advocacy for changes that directly help students succeed.  A presenter at the campus, regional, and national level with NACADA, Bill is excited to serve as an intern for the Administrators Institute, having been a participant in the Administrators and Assessment Institutes and a presenter at the first ever NACADA Analytics meeting in 2016.