NACADA Reads

Do you like to read and participate in book clubs with other readers? NACADA Reads offers an opportunity to explore a mainstream publication or a scholarly article with interested colleagues.

This online book club allows participants to gain professional development experience, meet and learn from colleagues, be exposed to research on critical trends, and develop the habit of scholarly inquiry that is so important in higher education today. And as Schulenberg, et. al. (2010) argue, many professional practitioners who engage in scholarly reading experience increased empowerment and confidence in their profession. 

“NACADA Reads” allows participants to meet new colleagues and learn from one another. Please utilize these materials for this outstanding professional development opportunity.

NACADA Reads Goes to the Movies: Narratological Advising & Strictly Ballroom

Narratological Advising—What is it?

The presenters claim that we approach all advising interactions from a narratological perspective.  Narrative is perhaps the main modality for coming understand the lives of our students and for them to come to understand us.  Moreover, advisors can be thought of as creating “stories of education” for and with their advisees.  We maintain that the enhancement of the narratological skills we already possess benefits both advisors and students.

Strictly Ballroom, an Australian film from 1992 can serve the purpose of having advisors focus together on enhancing their narratological skills.  It shows by means of ballroom dancing how narratological practice applies to our advising lives.  It tells the story of Scott Hastings, who is the heir apparent for the Pan Pacific Grand Prix of the Australian Federation of Ballroom Dancing, and his struggles to find his own steps.

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Facilitators

Peter Hagen serves as the Associate Dean of General Studies and Director of the Center for Academic Advising at Stockton University.  He shares Richard Trama’s lifelong interest in languages and literature and has always, during a long career in advising, seen them as being of crucial importance to advising.  He is engaged in writing a long-form single-author study to be called "Aspects of Narrative in Academic Advising."

Richard Trama serves as Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Advising at Stockton University, located in southern New Jersey.  His lifelong interest in languages and literature have led him to an appreciation of a narratological approach to advising.  Specifically, he has a strong interest in Australian film and literature and how they might shed light on the narratives of advising.

Schedule & Discussion Materials

Read/Watch:

  • Read the hand-out from the February 2016 webinar on “Narrative Advising."
  • Watch Strictly Ballroom (1992), a film that tells the fictional story of ballroom dancer Scott Hastings and his struggles to find his own steps. 

Possible Discussion Question:

  • Overall, Scott Hastings finds himself in a rule bound environment where one’s steps are highly prescribed.  Yet Scott is driven to discover/create his own steps.  What might be the parallels to academic advising?
  • “Show us your paso doble,” spoken by Rico, Fran’s father, is one of the most important lines in the film.  How might we see this invitation to the dance as an invitation to narrative?Overall, Scott Hastings finds himself in a rule bound environment where one’s steps are highly prescribed.  Yet Scott is driven to discover/create his own steps.  What might be the parallels to academic advising?

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