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Faculty Roster and Contact Information

Tomarra Adams
Spalding University
tadams@spalding.edu
 

Karen Boston
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
kboston@walton.uark.edu
 

Dan Chandler
Brigham Young University
dan_chandler@byu.edu
 

Beth Higgins
University of Southern Maine
bhiggins@maine.edu
 

Susan Campbell
University of Southern Maine
scamp@maine.edu

Kathy Zarges
Kent State University
kmzarges@kent.edu
 

Ned Muhovich
Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver
ned.muhovich@gmail.com
 

Heather Doyle
Dalhousie University
heather.doyle@dal.ca
 

Isaiah Vance
Texas A&M University System
ivance@tamus.edu

Faculty Biographies

Tomarra Adams

Dr. Tomarra Adams has a MSSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville with a post-graduate certificate in Psychoanalytic Therapy from Bellarmine University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with the Wayne Corporation. She is a Dean for Undergraduate Education at Spalding University and a faculty in the African American Studies Program. Previously, she was a faculty in Pan-African Studies and administrator at the University of Louisville. She remains involved with NACADA through the Assessment Institute, Faculty Advising Commission, and was recently appointed a fellow in the Excellence in Academic Advising Program.

Karen Boston

In addition to presenting at numerous NACADA conferences in the area of advising assessment, Karen Boston has been a faculty member for the NACADA Assessment Institutes since 2011 and was Chair of the Assessment Institute and Advisory Board from 2013-2015.  In 2011, Dr. Boston was a faculty member for NACADA’s Webinar, “Steps in Developing an Assessment Plan for Academic Advising” and a contributor to the NACADA Advising Administration Monograph.  She is a member of NACADA’s Consultant and Speaker Service and served on her University’s Academic Advising Council and Advising Assessment Task Force which established an institutional wide assessment program for academic advising. 

Susan Campbell

Dr. Susan M. Campbell received her doctorate in higher education management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is Chief Student Affairs Officer, Emerita at the University of Southern Maine.  She served as President of NACADA, has held other leadership positions within the Association, and has also received the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising.  Dr. Campbell helped develop NACADA’s first Assessment Institute and co-authored the first Guide to Assessment in Academic Advising. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and recently taught a graduate assessment course at her doctoral alma mater, UMASS Amherst.  

Dan Chandler

Dan Chandler is the Assistant Director of First Year Experience at Brigham Young University. As such, he is responsible for the university’s peer mentoring program, program evaluation, and learning outcomes assessment. Dan earned his BA from BYU and his MS in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. He has worked with program evaluation for all of his career but it wasn’t until attending the Assessment Institute in 2013 that he learned that evaluation is deepened by incorporating learning outcomes assessment. Dan has presented on the campus, state, regional, and national levels on learning outcomes assessment topics.

Heather Doyle

Heather Doyle holds a BA in Psychology from University of Prince Edward Island and a MEd in Counseling Psychology from Memorial University. She serves as Senior Advisor on Retention and Director of Student Academic Success at Dalhousie University, where she provides strategic advice and counsel on the development and implementation of pan-university initiatives and teams to increase student success and retention to degree completion, as well as oversees the newly developed Bissett Student Success Centre.

Beth Higgins

Beth Higgins has over 25 years of experience in academic advising.  Throughout her years in the advising profession, Higgins has implemented a dual advising program, developed advising assessment plans, coordinated professional development for advisors, led the University of Maine System-wide Advising Committee, and coordinated numerous retention and persistence initiatives.  Most recently Beth has been the transition lead for academic advising at her institution.  Dr. Higgins has been active in NACADA at the regional and national levels.  In addition to facilitating numerous conference presentations, Beth has served as a NACADA Board of Directors member, Chair of the Commission for Undecided and Exploratory Students, member of the Commission and Interest Group Steering Committee, and has been a contributor to the NACADA Clearinghouse, Academic Advising Today, and Advising Administration Monograph.

Ned Muhovich

Dr. Muhovich has been a teacher, advisor and advising administrator since 1996. He has worked at University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Western Governors University. He has been responsible for advising undecided/exploratory, pre-law, liberal arts students, students on academic probation, transfer evaluation, advising technology, and assessment programs.

He is a past chair of the NACADA Assessment of Advising Commission, and has presented on assessment topics at NACADA regional and annual conferences. He has twice attended the Assessment Institute as a participant; this is his fifth year as a faculty member.

Isaiah Vance

Isaiah Vance has worked in the academic advising field for over a decade. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member in the Department of Religion at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM, where he eventually became department chair. Upon relocating back to Central Texas he decided to focus on academic advising and was hired at Texas A&M University-Central Texas (a newly established institution) in 2012. In July 2018 he was hired by The Texas A&M University System to manage all academic and student support operations at a newly formed university system center called RELLIS.

Kathy Zarges

Kathy Zarges has served on the faculty for the NACADA Assessment Institute for eight years, working with small teams to develop their individual assessment plans and with large groups on mapping learning outcomes and developing an assessment team. She has been chair of the Assessment Commission, is currently serving as chair of the Assessment Institute Advisory Board and is a member of the NACADA Consultant and Speakers Bureau. Kathy has presented at NACADA on many topics including assessment of advising, implementing a new advising model, flipped advising, and group advising and co-authored the clearinghouse article: Assessment of Academic Advising: A Summary of the Process.  At her institution, Kathy is involved in university-wide assessment as well as developing an assessment plan within her advising unit.