NACADA Highlights - November 2014

Every month the Commission and Interest Group Division features a Commission or Interest Group.  This gives the opportunity to get to know that Commission or Interest Group better.  This month’s featured Commission is:

Advising Fine Arts Students Interest Group

Here’s a note from the chair about what’s been going on:

Pursuing a career in the fine arts can lead to a lifetime of fulfilling work. Yet, multiple challenges exist including making money, building a career, capitalizing on limited opportunities, dealing with commercialism, and making sense of the mechanics and metaphysics of this particular career path. Advising fine arts students can be especially challenging for those who do not interact with such students on a regular basis. This interest group is charged with providing information and support to other professionals working with fine arts students. Through on-line dialogue, and meetings at the national conventions, participants can share advising strategies, programs, and resources. Whether you advise fine arts students occasionally or daily, we are interested in learning more about your experiences and sharing ours.

Contact Jenn Jones at or Kevin Austin at for more information

Be sure to review your Commission & Interest Group selections on your profile.  Instructions on updating your selections can be located here.

NACADA Elections

2015 Leadership Election Nominations are Due Friday, October 31, 2014.  Leadership Election Information is available — including list of positions to be elected, eligibility criteria, position overviews, and online nomination form. Your participation in the nomination process for these leadership positions is strongly encouraged.

Web Events

Don’t miss the “Early Bird” pricing for our December Web Event!  Register by November 5th to take advantage of the early registration discount.  Sponsored by the NACADA Two-Year Colleges Commission, our panelists will discuss the Strengths and Challenges for Academic Advising in Two-Year College CommunitiesLearn more and Register!

There are still a few “seats” available for our November 13th Web Event!  Sponsored by NACADA’s Career Advising Interest Group, our panelists will consider Integrating Academic and Career Advising. Time is running out - Learn more and Register today!

Region Conferences 2015

From Idaho to Alabama or New Hampshire to Colorado and 6 other great spots, join your colleagues at a NACADA Region Conference this Spring! See the schedule and register beginning the week of October 27th.  Many Regions are accepting Presentation Proposals.

Clearinghouse Feature

Mark Duslak, University of South Florida, and Craig McGill, Florida International University, advise that those in charge of advisor training and development “Step out of the workshop: The Case for experiential learning in advisor training and development



Remember that New Year's Resolution that this year your professional accomplishments will include a publication?  Time is almost up!  December 1st is the deadline to submit an article for consideration for the March 2015 edition of NACADA's quarterly ePublication, Academic Advising Today.  Visit the Publication Guidelines webpage to learn more about the submission process.

International Conference

The Call for Proposals for the 2015 NACADA International Conference in Melbourne, Australia on June 24-26, 2015 is now open!  The theme for this event is Partnering for Student Success.  Submit your proposal early! 

We hope you will plan to join us for an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the globe.  The International Conference reflects NACADA’s commitment to enhance the field of Academic Advising through student success and development. Be sure to check the conference website to see the tentative schedule and other details as they become available.  Registration for this event opens December 1st.

 NACADA Awards

 NACADA would like to recognize individuals who receive campus advising awards in 2014 for outstanding academic advising (faculty or full-time) or advising administration.  Please complete the online form to recognize these outstanding professionals in the advising field.

2014 NACADA Annual Conference

A sincere thank you goes to over 3,100 NACADA members for joining us in Minneapolis for the 2014 Annual Conference!  Let’s tip our hats to the fantastic Conference Committee that made this event a huge success:  Amy Sannes (Conference Chair), Susan Anderson, Sherrie Bosse, James Cloyd , Jen Endres, Sara Granberg-Rademacker, Yvonne Halden, Joan Krush, Dave Marchesani, and Troy Schmidt.

The Executive Office would also like to thank our volunteers, exhibitors, and presenters who contributed to the success of this event as well as those who donated to the Silent Auction. We cannot say thank you enough for the many hours donated to making this conference one to remember.

Session handouts are available to those who attended the conference, see page two of your on-site program.

2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals
Plan now to submit a proposal application for the October 4-7, 2015 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Conference Theme is What Happens in Academic Advising Stays with Students. Online submissions will be accepted beginning in mid-December.


National Resource Center

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is currently accepting applications for the Jordan Smith Undergraduate Student Fellowships Program. Up to five fellowships will be awarded to undergraduate students for the 2015 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, which will be held in Dallas, Texas. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to advance the leadership skills and knowledge base of undergraduate students so that they may in turn use what they learn at the conference to enhance and encourage first-year student development on their respective campuses. The fellowship covers the participant's conference registration fee, but no travel or lodging expenses.

Who Should Submit an Application?

Jordan Smith Undergraduate Student Fellowships Program is open to all undergraduate students who are enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students who are interested in first-year programs, mentoring first-year students, and/or any other aspect of first-year student life and leadership are encouraged to apply at
Fellowships will be awarded to one applicant per institution. Previous winners of the fellowship are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates during both the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

For more information, please contact Dustin Roberts at the National Resource Center at (803) 777-3984.


NACADA’s first Middle East Conference hosted in conjunction with Qatar University on November 19-20, 2014 is quickly approaching.  Professionals who are currently employed in higher education in the Middle East, who have been employed in the Middle East or those who work specifically with Middle East students are invited to attend.  The early registration deadline is November 2, so do not delay in registering today and remember to make your hotel reservation as well.  If you are planning to attend this event or will serve as a presenter, please continue to check the conference website for updates.

2015  Winter Events


Join us in Orlando Florida in February 2015!

Academic Advising Administrators’ Institute –
February 5-7, 2015
Understanding & Implementing Completion Practices Seminar  – February 9-10, 2015
Assessment of Academic Advising Institute –
February 12-14, 2015

Details about each event are being continually updated on the NACADA website.






Book Review

The NACADA Journal has a record number of book review opportunities available for current members. At their meeting in Minneapolis the NACADA Journal Editorial Board changed the review policy; current NACADA members may now review a book once every year instead of once every two years. Haven’t reviewed in the last year?  Choose a book at












Research Grant

NACADA Research Grants support quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodology research related to academic advising.  Funding is available for up to $5,000.  Applications may be submitted online  through November 1, 2014.