In the September opening broadcast of this year’s Building Advisor Competency series, presenters discussed Facing Fear and Creating Our Best Professional Selves. In this webinar, sponsored by the NACADA Advisor Training and Development Commission, commission members will build on that foundation and address concepts surrounding the development paths of academic advisors and the advancement of academic advising as a profession.
Our presenters will discuss what it means to be “a professional” in the academic advising field, including the characteristics and behaviors of an advising professional, and how progressive training and development of advisors (new, mid-level, advanced) and the scholarship of advising (i.e., service, presenting, teaching, publishing, research) contribute to this understanding. They will provide suggestions for how advisors can assess their current professional path and create a development path based on the recently developed NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. Existing NACADA resources designed to facilitate and improve training, development, and scholarship of academic advisors will be discussed.
Academic advisors of all experience levels will benefit from this engaging discussion and panel. Plan ahead to join us on November 15, 2017!
Theresa Hitchcock, Assistant Director of Advisor Training and Development, University of Louisville
Theresa Hitchcock provides training for academic advisors on centering their advising practice on student success. She was previously an academic advisor for twelve years working with a variety of student populations at three different universities. Theresa is an active member of NACADA, presenting regularly at annual and regional conferences, serving on the Professional Development Committee and participating as a mentor in the Emerging Leaders Program. She will serve as Chair of the Advisor Training and Development Commission for the 2017-2019 term, beginning in October 2017.
Rebecca Hapes, Senior Academic Advisor II, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
Rebecca Hapes has 15+ years of experience in higher education that includes recruitment and advising of graduate and undergraduate students; development of retention programs, including the curriculum of an academic success and transition course; coordination of department-level honors programs; and assistance and coordination of program level assessment at the undergraduate and graduate level. Most recently, Rebecca served as the chair of the Advisor Training and Development Commission for NACADA (2015-2017) and is presently serving on the Professional Development Committee, the Webinar Advisory Board, and as a Mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program. She previously served as president of the University Advisors and Counselors (UAC) Organization for Texas A&M University (2008-2009) and has been involved in various committees dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to academic advisors on her local campus. Rebecca is a frequent presenter on topics such as motivation and engagement of academic advisors, advisor self-care strategies, graduate orientation, advising graduate students, academic probation/retention, and leadership development strategies for academic advisors.
Heather Ammons, Director of Student Success, University of Montevallo
In Heather Ammons' new position as Director of Student Success at the University of Montevallo, she will focus on retention efforts, while remaining involved in advising and NACADA initiatives. Heather previously served as an Academic Advisor at The University of Alabama, where her nine years of experience in higher education included working with first-year experience programs, advising learning support and business students, teaching first-year transition courses, as well as developing and facilitating training and professional development for academic advisors. Heather coordinated the new advisor training and professional development program for her office at UoA. She also served as the president of the University of Alabama's Academic Advisors Association, where she was responsible for the coordination of university-wide professional development opportunities for campus academic advisors. Heather has been a member of NACADA since 2010 and has presented on topics such as developing an academic advising philosophy, assessment to practice (including training), and tips for new advisors.
Matthew W. Howe, Academic Advisor, Liberal Arts Department, Hudson Valley Community College
Matthew W. Howe has been in the advising profession for over fifteen years at both two-year and four-year institutions, providing initial and on-going professional development opportunities for the last ten years. He is currently serving students within the academic advising community as an advisor for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at Hudson Valley Community College. He was one of the key developers of the institution's 18-Hour professional development, "Academic Advising Certificate of Completion." Matthew joined NACADA in 2005, is a veteran member of the Advisor Training and Development Commission, and has presented at NACADA conferences on topics including Advisor Training and Development and Academic Engagement.