portrait of Tara Warden

Tara Warden

Assistant Vice Provost for Advising & Academic Services, University of Cincinnati

Tara Stopfel Warden specializes in leadership and program design in advising and enrollment management. Tara was the founding director of UC’s Center for Exploratory Studies, selected as a national exemplary practice program in 2007 for supporting students through major selection. She established the university’s Office of Advising & Academic Services in 2014. In 2016, she designed UC’s new Center for Pathways Advising & Student Success, housing transfer/transition advising, early alert and retention outreach, and advisor training & development. Her work at universities in Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas has included service as Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Dean for Arts & Sciences, Director of Career Development, and Director of Residence Life.

Tara served on the faculty for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Administrators Institute in 2018. Tara is a recipient of the Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award and the Barbara Schooley Award for outstanding contributions to the UC advising community. She is also a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute.