Create a learning plan to help you continue your development as an advisor over the course of the next year.
Learn five skillsets that are critical to effective advising in higher ed. While many institutions provide technical and university-specific advisor training, the relational and interpersonal skills that make great advisors are often overlooked. Using a five-part framework, this conference takes a holistic approach to giving you the advising skills that you need to make a bigger impact with your students.
Breakout sessions for both professional and faculty advisors are designed to address the specific needs of each group. You will leave this event with a learning plan to help you continue your development as an advisor over the course of the next year. We also ask that you bring a laptop or digital device as we will spend some time on the tools that you use for tracking advising data.
As a part of your registration for this conference you will receive a free recording of our webinar, Using Data to Inform Advising Practices. This recorded webinar will be distributed prior to the conference date so you can review prior to the event.
This program has been specifically designed for individuals and teams, including:
To encourage team participation, when three advisors register at regular price, your Director can attend for free.
Contact Elizabeth Hubbell, Program Manager at email@example.com or 720-988-1218 if you’d like additional information about the program.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will learn the five fundamentals of advising and how to apply them to your practice.
Ben is very passionate about the role Appreciative Advising plays in the relationship between a student and advisor. He is also a big proponent in the use of technology in his academic advising relationships with students, through virtual advising, mass communication, and automated systems. Combining these two practices has enabled Ben to connect with his students in a deeper, more meaningful and impactful method that students are seeking and prefer. His incorporation of technology stems from his undergraduate work in Visual Communication Technology. Additionally, technology methods usually involve a certain level of expertise and funding. He has developed the ability to find inexpensive and simple ways to implement technology, that you can start implementing immediately.
Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Bowling Green State University, followed by his Master in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from University of South Carolina. He previously served at The Ohio State University in the role of Coordinator for Advising Communication in the College of Education and Human Ecology. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife, Mandy, their beautiful daughter, Charlotte, and their two dogs, Joey and Chandler-- yes they love the TV show Friends.
Joe has worked to guide students toward academic success for over 24 years. Prior to joining the FAU team, Joe spent 22 years as the Director for Academic Advising and Retention Services at Miami (OH) University’s Hamilton Campus. He worked to develop and refine the Appreciative Advising Inventory and has been part of a national task force aimed at advancing the concept of Appreciative Advising for both professional and faculty advisors. Joe has facilitated multiple training workshops and retreats to teach the Appreciative model from a customer service and employee management perspective.
Joe specializes in supporting and encouraging cultural change within higher education institutions. He is a certified Appreciative Advisor and served on the faculty for the 2011- 2015 Appreciative Advising Institute. Joe works tirelessly to help traditionally underrepresented students in higher education. He was a driving force behind Ohio Reach, a state and national effort to increase access and retention to higher education for Ohio’s Lower Income/Disadvantaged Youth and Foster Care Alumni. He recently resigned from the Ohio Reach governing board to relocate to Florida in order to begin work supporting foster youth in that state. He is now a co-founder for Florida Reach. He has served as the Co-Chair of the First-Generation College Student Interest Group for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) from 2007 until 2012.
Karen Thurmond’s responsibilities include advocacy for academic advising initiatives and for academic advisors serving in a faculty, peer, or professional role. She also coordinates the day-to-day operations of the general education program (core curriculum), degree audit system (DegreeWorks), and an 24/7 system for academic advising appointments (AppointmentPlus) at the University of Memphis, and is a staff member of the Center for Academic Transition, where transfer students are advised in their first semester.
Ms. Thurmond has written for the NACADA monograph on advising transfer students (on four year to four year transfer), and for the NACADA New Advisor Guidebook (on the environment of higher education). She chaired the NACADA Webinar Advisory Board, served on the Administrator’s Institute Advisory Board, and served as a member of NACADA’s Emerging Leaders Development team, and served as NACADA Region 3 (TN, KY, WV, NC, SC) Chair. Ms. Thurmond most recently completed work with a team to automate the graduation process at The University of Memphis. Ms. Thurmond manages the six-year graduation project at the University of Memphis, where intrusive advising initiatives increased a cohort’s six-year graduation rate by 8%.
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