NACADA Web Event

Building Advisor Competency: Introduction to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model  (DW79)

Online Webinar Presentation
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

NACADA members register by November 13, 2017 to receive Early Bird Discount
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 11, 2017

Webinar Overview

In the summer of 2015, NACADA Professional Development Committee (PDC) Incoming Chair Teri Farr was tasked with leading the PDC team with looking forward into the future of the academic advising profession to identify what competencies academic advisors will need to have, how these competencies could best be articulated by the association, and how they can be used by the association to provide professional development opportunities for NACADA’s membership. Over the next 18 months, the team conducted a review of the available advising literature, spoke with subject matter experts, consulted with a wide array of NACADA constituencies, and crafted the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. The model was approved by the association’s Board of Directors in March 2017 and made available to all advising professionals on the PDC webpage. PDC members then began Phase 2 of this initiative – identification and review of NACADA resources currently available to assist academic advising personnel with competency development and capacity building.

In this NACADA Advisor Training and Development Commission-sponsored webinar, Teri Farr is joined by PDC members to discuss the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. They will share some of their experiences with the model’s development process, the thoughts underlying its framework and core competency areas, and the ongoing project of resource identification and development.

Join us on December 13, 2017 to learn more about this aspirational and inspirational professional development initiative!


Teri Farr, Associate Director of Academic Advising and Student Success, Division of General Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In addition to her role as Associate Director, Teri Farr is active with NACADA at various levels.  Currently she serves as Chair of the Professional Development Committee, is a mentor with the ELP program, and is on the steering committee for the Commission on Undecided and Exploratory Students (CUES).  She recently co-chaired the NACADA Region 5 Conference and was appointed to serve on the 2017 Annual NACADA Conference planning committee.  Teri has been a NACADA member since 1995 and has presented on topics ranging from career development with liberal arts majors and advisor training and development.  Her current role focuses on working with underserved students, students on probation and training and development of academic advisors. 

Debra “Deb” Dotterer, Assistant Dean – University Advising, Michigan State University

In addition to her duties as an Assistant Dean, Deb Dotterer is currently serving on the NACADA Professional Development Committee, the NACADA Finance Committee and the NACADA Emerging Leaders Advisory Board. Deb brings to NACADA 18 years of advising administration experience with a focus on advisor training and development as well as collaborative initiatives to support student success.  She led a cross-institutional initiative to develop academic advising core expectations that are mapped to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model.

Sara Ackerson, Academic Advisor, Carson College of Business, Washington State University

In addition to her duties as an academic advisor in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University, Sara Ackerson serves as the WSU ACADA Professional Representative. She is the NACADA Region 8 Technology Coordinator and a member of the Academic Advising Technology commission. An active member of the NACADA Professional Development Committee, Sara brings to NACADA ten years of advising experience and has experience coordinating social media outreach, first year seminar programs, and transfer initiatives.

Ashley Clark, Academic Advisor, Bridging Disciplines Programs, The University of Texas at Austin

Ashley Clark advises students pursing a certificate program that requires them to cultivate an interdisciplinary understanding of their chosen topics through a combination of classroom, internship, and research experiences. As the Alumni Coordinator for her unit, she works closely with an alumni council to grow their network and create programs that connect students with alumni in meaningful ways. Though Ashley has been involved in the advising profession for just three years, she is an active member of the NACADA Professional Development Committee and also has experience with assessment and facilitation of first year seminars. 

Rhonda Christian, Student Advisor, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Durham College

As the Student Advisor for the General Arts and Science pathway programs, Rhonda Christian advises students on their education plans and required courses to pursue their future college or university program throughout Canada and the United States. Passionate about growing the advising profession in Canada, she brings the Canadian perspective to the PDC.  Rhonda has been an active member of NACADA as a Co-Chair for the Region 5 Conference in Toronto, Ontario Representative for Region 5, and a recipient of the Great Lakes~Great Leaders and the Emerging Leaders programs.

Josephine “Joey” Volpe, Director, Office for Advising Development, University of Illinois at Chicago

Having been associated with UIC for 23 years in a number of capacities, Joey Volpe is currently the director of a campus-level office that works in coordination with all advising units on campus to provide training and professional development for advisors, consultations for advising challenges and issues, advising assessment, and information on resources for students. She also administers the campus early alert intervention program.  Through various roles, Joey has developed expertise in advising administration, academic advising, pre-health advising, scholarship advising and administration, fundraising and development for scholarships, policy development, and program administration. Joey is dedicated to professional development of advisors and is privileged to serve on NACADA’s Professional Development Committee.

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