Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 1 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please use this form.

P1. The Reflection Series: A Guide to Professional Development
Wednesday, March 7, 2018  8:30-11:30am
Michael Geroux, University of Albany
John Martinez, University of Albany

As professionals in a field that continually encourages exploration and self-discovery, advisors are always looking for ways to grow and develop their professional identity. A significant step in the development process is an advisor’s ability to look beyond the resume in order to cultivate a more authentic self. This takes courage, as authenticity is a willingness, at times to be vulnerable. With this focus in mind, we created The Reflection Series: A Guide to Professional Development, in which we identify three key points on the professional development continuum labeled as: Self-Reflection, Being Myself, and Growing Up. This presentation will lead participants through guided discussions focusing on each of the key points and how they build upon one another to facilitate professional growth.

P2. What To Do When Your Game Is Elevated
Wednesday, March 7, 2018  8:30-11:30am
Susan Kolls, Northeastern University

Congratulations! You’ve received a promotion and you’re a manager! Now what? We often promote without preparing our staff appropriately, or hire someone who has experience in the job, but not experience as a manager. How do we prepare staff for these promotions and new experiences? This session will provide an overview of a training program developed to bridge this gap. Topics include: Transition from Peer to Manager, Prioritizing Work, Delegation, Providing Feedforward Reviews, and Staff Development. We will provide the structure of the training, along with examples of activities done, and information provided, to new managers. This session will be of value to new managers, as well as to the people in positions who are able to promote or hire new managers.

P3. Cultivating Motivation: Helping Students Identify and Work Toward their Goals
Wednesday, March 7, 2018  9:30-11:30am
Katy McLaughlin, Brandeis University

When students arrive at college, they can develop a sense of uncertainty as the structure of high school gives way to previously unencountered levels of educational choice and freedom. This can leave some students feeling unmoored, unengaged, and academically unmotivated as they grapple with developing long-term goals and a sense of how their educational choices will contribute to them. This workshop is an opportunity for advisors from a range of institutions to explore ways to help cultivate intrinsic student motivation. Techniques will be offered that foster student reflection, goal-setting, and self-regulation in the service of developing adaptive motivational beliefs that create a sense of relevancy between students’ present academic endeavors and future goals.

P4. Assessment of Academic Advising
Wednesday, March 7, 2018  9:30-11:30am
Elizabeth Higgins, University of Southern Maine
Kim Charmatz, University of Southern Maine
Lindsay Crawford, University of Southern Maine

Assessment has become an expectation at our institutions. Many of us are unsure about what assessment is, how to develop a plan of action, and even how and where to begin. Through our assessment process we focused on the following three questions:

  • What do we want students to learn from their academic advising experience?
  • What do we want them to value and appreciate? 
  • How will we know when students know, value and appreciate? 

During this session you will be introduced to assessment terminology and the steps within the assessment process. You will also have the opportunity to identify student learning outcomes and begin to create an assessment map. Participants will also leave with an understanding of the benefits and challenges of assessing academic advising.