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.

Faculty Roster and Contact Information


Tomarra Adams
University of Louisville
Karen Boston
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Beth Higgins
University of Southern Maine
Ned Muhovich
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Dan Chandler
Brigham Young University
Kathy Zarges
Kent State University
Jennifer Hodges
New Mexico State University
Laura Mooney
Florida Atlantic University
Charlie Nutt
NACADA Executive Office



Jennifer Rush
Program Coordinator
Dayna Kuhlman
Program Assistant


Tomarra Adams
Dr. Tomarra Adams has a MSSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies where she serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and departmental faculty advisor. She worked as Assistant Dean for academic advising and student services for nearly 15 years, and remains involved with NACADA as faculty with the NACADA Assessment Institute, the out-going chair of the NACADA Assessment Institute Advisory Board, and a member of the NACADA Faculty Advising Commission.

Karen Boston
In addition to presenting at numerous NACADA conferences in the area of advising assessment, Karen Boston has been a faculty member for the NACADA Assessment Institutes since 2011 and was Chair of the Assessment Institute and Advisory Board from 2013-2015.  In 2011, Dr. Boston was a faculty member for NACADA’s Webinar, “Steps in Developing an Assessment Plan for Academic Advising” and a contributor to the NACADA Advising Administration Monograph.  She is a member of NACADA’s Consultant and Speaker Service and served on her University’s Academic Advising Council and Advising Assessment Task Force which established an institutional wide assessment program for academic advising.

Dan Chandler
Dan Chandler is the Assistant Director of First Year Experience at Brigham Young University. As such, he is responsible for the university’s peer mentoring program, program evaluation, and learning outcomes assessment. Dan earned his BA from BYU and his MS in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. He has worked with program evaluation for all of his career but it wasn’t until attending the Assessment Institute in 2013 that he learned that evaluation is deepened by incorporating learning outcomes assessment. Dan has presented on the campus, state, regional, and national levels on learning outcomes assessment topics.

Elizabeth Higgins
Beth Higgins has over 20 years of experience in academic advising.  Throughout her years in the advising profession, Higgins has implemented a dual advising program, developed advising assessment plans, coordinated professional development for advisors, led the University of Maine System-wide Advising Committee, and coordinated numerous retention and persistence initiatives.  Most recently Beth has been the transition lead for academic advising at her institution.  Dr. Higgins has been active in NACADA at the regional and national levels.  In addition to facilitating numerous conference presentations, Beth has served as a NACADA Board of Directors member, Chair of the Commission for Undecided and Exploratory Students, member of the Commission and Interest Group Steering Committee, and has been a contributor to the NACADA Clearinghouse and Advising Administration Monograph.

Jennifer Hodges
Jennifer Hodges is Director of the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support at New Mexico State University. Previously, she served as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at University of North Texas and Assistant Dean of University College at University of Akron. Jennifer serves on the Advisory Boards for the NACADA Academic Advising Consulting and Speaker Service and the Assessment Institute. She has presented at local, regional, and national NACADA and ACPA conferences; was a mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program; co-chaired the 2012 NACADA Great Lakes Region V Conference; and chaired the 2012 ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute. 

Laura Mooney
Laura A. Mooney earned BA and MS degrees from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY; she is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Leadership & Research Methodology program at Florida Atlantic University.  Currently the Director of Student Academic Services in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU, Laura has worked in the field of advising administration for 16 years.  An active NACADA member, Laura created and was first chair of the Advising First-Year Students Interest group.  Other leadership roles have included the Advising Consultants & Speaker Service Advisory Board (2006-2010), Administrator’s Institute Advisory Board (2005-2007) and the Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board (2013-2015).  

Ned Muhovich
Dr. Muhovich has been an advisor and advising administrator since 1996. He has worked at University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has been responsible for advising undecided/exploratory, social science, pre-law, and liberal arts students, as well as for students on academic probation, transfer evaluation, advising technology, and assessment programs. 
He is a past chair of the NACADA Assessment of Advising Commission, and has presented on assessment topics at NACADA regional and annual conferences. He has twice attended the Assessment Institute as a participant; this is his fourth year as a faculty member.

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.

Kathy Zarges
Kathy Zarges has served on the faculty for the NACADA Assessment Institute for six years, working with small teams to develop their individual assessment plans and with large groups on mapping learning outcomes and developing an assessment team. She has been chair of the Assessment Commission, is on the Assessment Institute Advisory Board and is a member of the NACADA Consultant and Speakers Bureau. Kathy has presented at NACADA on the topic of assessment of advising and co-authored the clearinghouse article: Assessment of Academic Advising: A Summary of the Process.  At her institution, Kathy is involved in university-wide assessment as well as developing an assessment plan within her advising unit.