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As the scope of the advising profession grows and deepens, individual advisors will be increasingly expected to conduct research. The research process remains, for many of us, a mysterious process that we are reticent to embrace. While we long to contribute to the growth of academic advising as a profession, we struggle with the practical methodology to do so. Academic advisers are consummate practitioners, but translating this significant work into research and writing that "composes our profession" often remains a distant goal.

The "Writer's Support Initiative" of the NACADA Research Center was created to provide all levels of support for the research and writing that become the composition of our profession, ensuring its stability and application across the higher education community. Whether you have only a vague idea of how you may contribute to the discipline of academic advising or a completed research study that you have yet to translate into a journal article, we will walk with you through the process of joining the conversation of research and writing in our profession.


NACADA Coordinator of Writer Support

Dr. Rhonda Dean-Kyncl received both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy. She also has an M.S. degree in Technology and Business from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Students in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, where she oversees academic advising for the university’s largest (approx. 10,000 students) and most diverse college. She also oversees the college’s Withrow Leadership Scholars program. She also teaches English Composition I and 2, Writing for the Medical Fields, as well as a Capstone course for the college.

Dean-Kyncl has been a student and staff member at OU for over 13 years. In the past, she has served as a Graduate Writing Fellow at the University of Oklahoma Writing Center, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department, as an instructor of Gateway to College Learning and a first-year seminar, “Finding Your Self at OU.” In addition, Dr. Kyncl spent 17 months teaching ESL at the West Africa Advanced School of Theology in Lome, Togo, West Africa. 

Dean-Kyncl’s husband, David, is also a staff member at OU as an adviser and recruiter in the OU College of Architecture. They have two children: Mary, who is a third-year student in Education at OU, and Jonathan, who is a senior at Norman High School.