(1-year term, Oct 2013-Oct 2014)

Joanne Damminger

Salem Community College
Carney's Point, NJ

Highlight the goals you accomplished and the work you did while serving as a Unit Chair or Division Representative. In addition, highlight your involvement in all areas of the Association, demonstrating your experiences that make you qualified to serve in this position on the NACADA Board of Directors.

It has been my pleasure and honor the past fifteen years to be actively involved in NACADA at the state, regional, and/or national levels. Each position afforded me opportunities to work collaboratively with tremendous colleagues across the country and the outstanding staff in the Executive Office. Furthermore, with each position I learned more about the NACADA Association, its internal and external operations, its mission, purpose, and commitment to advising, NACADA members, and leadership development.

I accept the nomination for President with honor and humility. My decision to run is grounded in my desire to serve the Association and in my belief that my career and NACADA experiences provided the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to lead the Association in 2013-2014. It is my intention, in the next few paragraphs, to expound on the positions I held and accomplishments that prepared me well for the Presidency.

First and foremost, as a current Board member, I represent the voice of the membership to the Board. I seek input on critical issues and remind members of the avenues by which they can let their voices be known. My current role as Vice President is perhaps the best way to complete my credentials to fulfill the role of President. My work this year will provide the crowning experiences to prepare me to become the next President and leader of the Association. As Vice President, I am leading the Council and helping Council members fulfill their role as liaisons between the membership and the Board of Directors. The three major divisions that comprise the Council: Administrative, Regional, and Commission and Interest Group, represent the voice of the membership, and in the role of Vice President I assist in moving forward important issues to be discussed at the Board level. Additionally, as Vice President I plan to continue to assist the Board, President, Council, and Executive Office in making sound decisions for advising, the Association, and its membership.

As my involvement in NACADA unfolded over the past decade, I maintained my focus on learning the many facets of the NACADA Association. In my original responsibilities at the regional level, I was instrumental many years ago in bringing the benefits of Member Career Services to Region 2. In addition, from 2004 to 2007, I served as Membership Liaison for the region. Several of my regional positions afforded me the dual responsibility of also serving on regional conference steering committees. As part of steering committees for several Region 2 conferences, I worked collaboratively to plan and implement beneficial conferences for colleagues in the region, as I enjoyed presenting and networking in the Mid-Atlantic States.

I began my service at the national level fourteen years ago, when I served as Chair of the Member Career Services Committee and had the opportunity to jump-start career services for NACADA members. The work that was done then continues today, demonstrating that hard work and dedication can institutionalize services that are critical to NACADA's membership. I was also involved at the national level as a member of the Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Services Advisory Board. During the years of my tenure, the Advisory Board worked to rename and rebrand consultant services. The Advisory Board also revamped recruitment and application procedures, compensation, and mentoring of new consultants.

Recognizing the potential for serving NACADA while learning more about the Association, I was pleased to become a member of the Summer Institute Advisory Board in 2007. This position increased my awareness of the role of the NACADA institutes in offering specific professional development to our members while increasing revenue to support member services. My subsequent service as faculty at the Summer Institutes allows me to interact with advisors and advising administrators from around the country and globe and keeps me abreast of what is happening in advising globally.

An invaluable experience to my candidacy for President was becoming chair of the Finance Committee in 2008. Serving as Chair of the Finance Committee corroborated the responsibilities of keeping the organization fiscally sound while providing necessary and valuable services to our membership. Working with the Executive Director, the residing president and vice-president, and the members of the Finance Committee proved to be a highlight of my NACADA involvement. I enjoyed the important insight and planning that is necessary to focus on the stability of the Association. My goal, then and now, is to engage in decision-making that is fiscally responsible and membership oriented, an important and necessary focus for all NACADA leaders. The application of my learning from serving as chair of the Finance Committee continues into every subsequent position I have held and will be critical to my effective leadership as President, if given the opportunity.

I hope that I can win the confidence of NACADA's membership to vote for me for the next President of the Association.

What do you believe are the most important goals and initiatives for the Association in meeting its strategic plan and what do you feel you can contribute to this position in meeting these goals and initiatives?
 Presidential Platform - "NACADA and its Membership: Home and Abroad"

Across the spectrum, higher education is experiencing serious challenges related to recruitment, enrollment, budgets, and retention. These issues permeate all institutions including 2-year and 4-year; public and private; large, mid-sized, small, urban and rural. NACADA, the premier association related to academic advising, plays a critical role in the future of higher education and the educational role that academic advising plays in student learning and development in a diverse world (NACADA Strategic Goal #3). This goal impacts every facet of advising and the work of all advising stakeholders, and it places advising at the core of student learning and development, a concept that is the nucleus of my philosophy of advising.

With that said, my Presidency would focus on the following three main areas related to NACADA's role in the future of advising and its importance in higher education:

  • The Stability and Sustainability of the NACADA Association
  • In these challenging economic times, NACADA must continue to plan strategically for the future through the following:
    • Providing diligent fiscal management, which allows the Association to provide for members' needs while protecting a strong financial foundation.
    • Providing strong and effective leadership and leadership development through continual programming such as the emerging leaders program, to assure the future leadership of NACADA and its effectiveness as an organization.
    • Focusing the NACADA Board to use diligence and strategic decision-making to bring creative options and technologies to its diverse membership around the globe. 
  • Exploring and Establishing NACADA's Role in the Global Advising Community
  • NACADA is currently exploring the role of advising globally and understanding that there are many potential global partners. The approach that is used to establish productive relationships with other advising groups across the globe will be crucial to NACADA's role in establishing the profession of advising globally while respecting research and performance worldwide. This will afford NACADA opportunities to:
    • Develop productive partnerships with the global community of advising.
    • Provide for all members regardless of their geographical location, particularly our current global partners and future partners.
    • Provide for on-going research opportunities to document and inform academia of advising's role in teaching and retention.  
  • Providing for all Association Members
    NACADA plays an important role, not only in strategically promoting the role that advising plays on our campuses, but also as a premier Association for the professional development for advisors and advising administrators. It is critical that decisions are made to fulfill both roles by:
    • Highlighting the role of advising in higher education while providing services that are accessible and affordable for the membership.
    • Providing for the needs of all members when members are experiencing economically demanding times and unyielding institutional budgets.
    • Providing for, and increasing membership from, all sectors related to advising and all types of institutions such as 2- and 4- year, public and private, etc. and promoting the role of advising in accomplishing the national completion agenda. This initiative specifically highlights the need for success in the community college sector, the sector which I currently serve, after 14 years of experience in the 4-year public university setting.

I believe that my experiences as a leader in higher education for almost 20 years, coupled with my learning-by-doing in the NACADA Association have provided me the leadership skills to focus on the aforementioned goals. My 15 years of experience with NACADA, combined with my background in leadership and change, will contribute to my ability to lead the Association. I ask members of the Association to show their level of confidence in me at this time by casting their meaningful vote for me as President.

Why are you interested in serving in this leadership position or what influenced you to run for this leadership position?

My interest in serving as President centers on two main themes: first, my desire to apply my leadership to an Association in which I believe wholeheartedly, and second is my hope to give back at the next level to an Association that provides so much to me and its members.

Regarding leading NACADA, I am pleased that my study of effective leadership began many years ago and will continue throughout my lifetime. My leadership is grounded in building relationships that join people together to accomplish the purpose and continual improvement of an organization and its people. I would like to apply that leadership to NACADA. The attributes that I use daily to be successful in my life and in my work can also assist NACADA - the skills of transformational, visionary, and democratic leadership; relationship building; collaboration; open communication; strategic planning; and leading change for improvement. I believe that my competencies in these areas will be invaluable in leading the Board and working with the Executive Office.

I believe in NACADA as the premier association dedicated to students and advising, and I would like to apply my skills at the next level of leadership. NACADA needs sound, experienced leaders to maintain its effectiveness and to plan strategically for the Association and its members. Strong and empowering leadership is the future of any association. I have confidence that my experiences and positions in my career and through NACADA have prepared me well to lead the Association as President.

Additionally, related to my desire to give back, I want to give back in a greater way to NACADA and to those who are as passionate about advising as I am. It is my desire to give back to the Association that has given so much to me, as NACADA is like a second family.

When I think about giving back to NACADA, I am reminded of a story from 1997 that involved one of my mentors. Prior to attending my first NACADA national conference, my mentor requested that I think about how and where I would like to apply my leadership skills. I responded to her question when I returned from my first NACADA experience. My answer was that I wanted to apply my leadership to assist NACADA. I was impressed with the work of NACADA and even more so with its membership and the willingness to embrace me as a new attendee and share ideas and information with me. At the same time, NACADA members were willing to listen about my areas of expertise and learn with and from me. So, I am interested in serving as President of NACADA because it would be the culmination of my commitment 15 years ago to concentrate my leadership aspirations on NACADA. If elected, I will do my utmost to lead NACADA and guide its impact on our students and all associated with advising.

Provide any additional comments or information (either personal or leadership-related) that you want potential voters to know about you that is not covered elsewhere in your platform information.
My most important message to everyone reading the nomination platform statements is to "get involved." Perhaps many will be inspired by my story and how I got involved at the grassroots level first and then progressed. NACADA, more so than any other association in which I have participated, mentors its members to seek leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels. Members who get involved will find what I found years ago: that they become an integral part of a caring community with mentoring leaders dedicated to the students we serve.

Past Involvement in NACADA:

Years in NACADA: 15 years

National Offices Held and Accomplishments Achieved:

  • Vice President of NACADA, 2012-2013
    • Chairing the NACADA Council and guiding the Council in its shared governance responsibility for the Association and its role as liaison between the membership and the Board
    • Assuring that important recommendations from the Council are accurately and comprehensively presented to the Board for consideration and possible vote.
    • Guiding the Council in developing outcome benchmarks by which to evaluate accomplishment of goals and continual improvement of processes and procedures in all three divisions represented in the Council: Administrative, Regional, and CIG
  • Member, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2014
    • Assisting BOD in strategic decision-making
  • Chair, Finance Committee, 2008 – 2010
    • Maintained fiscal responsibility in challenging economic times
    • Continued valuable services to members in cost effective ways
  • Summer Institute Advisory Board, 2007-2009
    • Updated and revised curriculum as appropriate and necessary
  • Consultants' Bureau Advisory Board Member, 2006-2008
    • Research to rename and reorganize the Consultant's Bureau resulting in the current Academic Advising Consultants and Speaker Services
  • Member, Finance Committee, 2003-2005
  • Chair, Member Career Services, 1998-2001
    • Institutionalized career services and spread services to the regional level; created procedures to provide career services to members that are continued today

Regional Activities/Offices Held, including accomplishments achieved while in office:

  • Region 2 Membership Liaison, 2004-2007
  • Chair, Region 2 Awards Committee, 2002-2004
  • Member, Region 2 Regional Conference Steering Committee, 2001-2002

Committee/Task Force/Advisory Board Activities and Accomplishments:

  • Member, Summer Institute Advisory Board, 2007 - 2009
  • Member, Academic Advising Consultant and Speaker Services Advisory Board, 2006 - 2008

Commission/Interest Group Activities and Accomplishments:

  • Current Member:
    • Advisor Training and Development Commission       


  • Campus Activities
    • Salem Community College, 2009-2013
      • Promoted from Dean of Student Affairs to Chief Student Affairs Officer in 2012
      • Collaboratively enhanced departments of Student Success Programs, Student Leadership, Educational Opportunity Fund, Financial Aid, and Enrollment and Transition Services
      • Following a continual improvement model of using analyzed data to continually improve the advising process
      • In 2009-2010, worked collaboratively with Academic Affairs and the Academic Senate to successfully revise the process of advising, separate it from the registration process, and create an action plan for assessment and continual improvement of advising
      • Created mission and student learning outcomes for advising
      • Created Advising Syllabus for faculty and full-time advisors
    • Organizational Leadership
      • Chief Student Affairs Officer, Salem Community College (SCC)
      • Chair of SCC's Committee on Student Conduct and Discipline, 2009-Present
      • Chair, American Disabilities Act Committee, Salem Community College, 2009-Present
      • Member, SCC Strategic Planning Committee to create Strategic Plan 2013-2016
      • Board Member, American Council on Education's NJ Women's Network, 2006-Present
    • Publications:
      • Damminger, J. K. (2011). Ethical decision making in academic advising administration. In J. Joslin & N. Markee (Eds.), Academic advising administration: Essential knowledge and skills for the 21st century. Monograph No. 22. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
      • Damminger, J. K. (2009). Career advising: A framework for practice. In K. Hughey, D. Burton Nelson, B. McCalla-Wriggins, & J. K. Damminger (Eds.), Handbook of career advising. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
      • Damminger, J. K., Exemplary Practice. In L. Huff & P. Jordan (Eds.), 2007. Advising special populations (pp.219-222) (Monograph No. 17). Manhattan, KS: National Academic Advising Association.
      • Damminger, J. K. (March 2007). Self-Assessment: Relevance and value in the first year. In M. S. Hunter, B. McCalla-Wriggins, & E. R. White (Eds.), Academic advising: New insights for teaching and learning in the first year (Monograph No. 46 [National Resource Center]; Monograph No. 14 [National Academic Advising Association]; pp. 59-69. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
    • Presentations and Webinars
      • National Presentations/Webinars
        • Damminger, J. K. (October 2012). Ethical guidelines for academic advising. Presented at the NACADA National Annual Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (April 2012). Presented NACADA National Webinar. Ethical Decision Making in Academic Advising.
        • Damminger, J. K., Waters, S., Olivares, C., Joslin, J., Mason-Browne, P., & Bloom, J. (October 2011 and 2012). Women thriving! Not just surviving a career in academic advising/higher education. Presented at the NACADA Annual Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (April 2009). Presented Career advising in action: Try it and apply it. Part 2 of Career Advising webinar employing a new hands-on approach to webcasting called a "workinar".
        • Damminger, J. K. (October 2008). Integrating career advising in academic affairs: Taking advising to new heights. Presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, Chicago, IL.
        • Damminger, J. K., & Hughey, K. (May 2008). Presented NACADA National Webinar. Making career advising integral to academic advising. Broadcast to a sold-out audience.
        • Damminger, J. K. (April 2009). Career advising in action: Try it and apply it. Part 2 of Career Advising webinar employing a new hands-on approach to webcasting called a "workinar".
        • Damminger, J. K. (October 2007). Making career advising integral to academic advising. Presented at NACADA National Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (October 2005). Making learning connections: Advising, career planning, and learning pattern assessment. Presented at the National Academic Advising Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (October 2003). Building a future for undeclared students community Style: merging academic advising and career life planning. Presented at the Annual National Academic Advising Conference, Dallas, Texas.
        • Damminger, J. K. Resume writing and interview preparation using current strategies and technology. Presented various versions of the workshops at the National NACADA Conferences in October 1998, 1999, 2000 and the Regional Conferences in April 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
      • Regional Presentations
        • Damminger, J. K. (September 25, 2012). Ethical decision making for advising. Presented at the Penn State 11th Annual Advising Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (April 2010). Ethics in advising. Presented at the NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (April 2008). Innovative ways to engage undeclared students in the exploration process. Presented at the NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (April 2008). Integrating career advising in academic advising: You can do It too! presented at the NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K. (March 2007). Connecting undeclared students with advising, career exploration and intentional learning: A learning community model. Presented at the NACADA Regional Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K., (March 2006). Learning pattern awareness: A critical factor for advising and intentional learning. Presented at the NACADA Regional Conference.
        • Damminger, J. K., (October 2003). Seeking the new graduate certificate program in academic advising. Presented at the Fifth Annual PA Advisors' Conference at Temple University, PA.
        • Damminger, J. K. (1999-2002). Resume writing and interview preparation using current strategies and technology. Presented various versions of the workshops at the Regional Conferences of the National Academic Advising Association.