At the 2017 NACADA Annual Conference, “Best of Region 10” presenters Gina Beyer and Amanda Voight (Arizona State University) drew over 200 enthusiastic attendees to their presentation entitled, You Are Not So Smart: Advising Edition. Participants described it as energetic, funny, and engaging, as well as informative, and encouraged that it be taken to a wider audience.
In this webinar, drawing from concepts introduced in David McRaney’s 2012 bestselling book, You Are Not So Smart, Gina and Amanda will discuss these concepts’ relevance to the work academic advisors do with students. They will take participants on an adventure through their brains, demonstrating how easy it is for us to fall prey to ways our minds work, including biases and logical fallacies in the context of education. They will show how these natural workings of our brains can affect our daily lives and create social and psychological challenges, and they will share tips and tricks on how to work through the challenges of the human mind to improve student learning.
Imagine an emotionally charged, highly resistant 3rd year student who was doing okay for semesters but is now failing most of her courses and has to come to your office to register for classes. The student doesn’t appear to like you or the university. What might be going on in the student’s brain? In yours? How will you help her? Gina and Amanda will use interactive case studies so participants can apply their new insights to create solutions for some of their most challenging student interactions.
Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include:
R2 – Ability to create rapport and build academic advising relationships
R3 – Ability to communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner
R4 – Ability to plan and conduct successful advising interactions
R5 – Ability to promote student understanding of the logic and purpose of the curriculum
R6 – Ability to facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal-setting
Amanda Voigt, Course Manager of the University College Academic Success Program, Arizona State University
Amanda Voigt’s areas of expertise include program development and faculty training. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Dakota. At Arizona State University, she serves as Course Manager overseeing full-time faculty, curriculum and faculty development, and manages student issues. She also oversees data collection and program assessment for the unit. In 2017, Amanda developed a study abroad program to Thailand where students studied mindfulness. She lives for dogs, Harry Potter, and the occasional yoga class.
Gina Beyer, Independent Consultant
Gina Beyer is a teacher, writer, speaker and independent consultant. Her areas of expertise include psychology, mindfulness, curriculum design, faculty training and program development. Gina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Arizona State University (ASU). At ASU, Gina worked as a full-time faculty member and director of the University College Academic Success Programs where she supervised a team of 30+ faculty and oversaw the administration of five courses and the LEAD Project, a collaboration with the Provost Office designed to support first-year student success. Gina believes time is her most precious belonging and so maintains a daily contemplative practice to stay grounded in the present moment.
Amanda and Gina have co-presented at local, regional, and national conferences on topics such as motivation, mindset, emotional intelligence, student success and retention.