Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising

September 30 - October 3, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona  |  Phoenix Convention Center
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Advising Stories!


Listen to Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director's, advising story!

Don't miss out on an opportunity to share your advising story with the NACADA community as well! Just use the StoryCorps app to record your story. You can learn more about the StoryCorps app and how to use it here!


Open Discussions
 

Join us for one or more of the open discussions being offered at the 2018 Annual Conference! 

  • Advising Millennials
  • Black Student Success Matters
  • Beyond Email: How to Reach Large Numbers of Students Effectively
  • Creating an Advising Career Ladder at Your Institution: Share Your Experiences
  • Discussing Advising Salaries
  • Academic Foreclosure (Students Forced out of Their Major)
  • Academic Coaching Strategies
  • Online Students, Let's Share Tips on Best Practices
  • Proactive Advising Responses to Predictive Analytics and Early Alert Data
  • Helping Anxious Students Cope
  • Using Data to Inform Practice

 

Advisor's Life Story

My journey in advising began in 2013. I became an Academic Advisor because I am passionate about assisting students to achieve their potential. Click to read more.

My journey in advising began in 2013. I became an Academic Advisor because I am passionate about assisting students to achieve their potential. I wanted to advocate and mediate for them as they transition from one level to the next.  I wanted to assist students with identifying their priorities, talents, passion, potential and interests. My desire is to be a voice and an intermediary, an advocate and a mentor for my students while at the same time establishing a long-term relationship with them.  As an Advisor, I find great reward in serving my students. I see myself as their problem-solver, mediator, petitioner, advocator and counsellor offering advising as educational experiences where they may connect who they are with what they are learning and who they want to become. At the same time, I inspire and challenge them to explore their interests, abilities and goals so they may define and develop realistic educational and career plans related to their academic majors. 

Locksley Knibbs, Florida Gulf Coast University

I am inspired by the life stories in academic advising; the chance to learn about an individual’s history, professional aspirations, and personal development goals. Click to read more.

I am inspired by the life stories in academic advising; the chance to learn about an individual’s history, professional aspirations, and personal development goals. For me, the most exciting part of our profession is having the opportunity to earn students’ trust and engage with their courageous efforts to make meaning of their lives. We cultivate significant relationships through our active teaching, mentorship, coaching, and encouragement of students. In this profession, we have the chance to make our contribution to helping people in our communities do better and become more. I began my professional journey in advising as I reflected upon the remarkable impact my advising profession mentors had on students and me. When I network with colleagues or hear from a student who experienced success and prosperity in ways they never imagined possible, it is humbling to be reminded of the profound influence and responsibility we have in this field.

Casey Owen Shadix, University of Kentucky

Academic advising is the helping profession that positively changes lives. I know this all too well as a first generational minority who struggled to adapt to the transition from high school to college. Click to read more.

Academic advising is the helping profession that positively changes lives. I know this all too well as a first generational minority who struggled to adapt to the transition from high school to college. I now experience it on a daily basis as I advise and in turn help other students write their own life stories. It is a wonderful experience to be a significant thread of ideas that is woven into the tapestry of evidence-based practices that NACADA has created. I often present at NACADA to continue to build upon my knowledge, share best practices, and to be a part of the masterpiece that lies within the art of academic advising. Join us! Be a part of a spectacular exhibition, and present at NACADA 2018!

Scherrayn Garcia, Florida International University

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