NACADA’s strategic goals (3 of 8)

Happy 2014 everyone!  I hope your holiday season was restful and enjoyable, and that your new term is (or soon will be) off to a great start.  In this month’s post, we look at NACADA’s strategic goal to “provide professional development opportunities that are responsive to the needs of advisors and advising administrators.”  One of the things I love about NACADA is the plethora of conferences, workshops, webinars and written materials it provides to help all advisors develop professionally.  According to Dr. Nancy Bell, one of the hallmarks of a professional is actively seeking additional knowledge, and NACADA supplies plenty of opportunities for us to do just that–check out the “events” page on the NACADA web site for a listing.

Everyone wishes for sufficient money in the budget to attend lots of NACADA events through the year, but very few folks have such resources.  One great, low cost way to participate in professional development with NACADA is its ongoing series of webinars.  Check out these titles of recent and upcoming webinars:

  • Emerging Issues in Academic Advising Theory
  • The Peer Advising Challenge:  Creating Meaningful Connections
  • Developing Intercultural Communication Skills for Academic Advisors
  • LGBTQA Ally Development and Advocacy Empowerment for Academic Advisors
  • Soldiers to Students: Academic Advising for Returning Veterans
  • Balancing Academic Advising with other Faculty Responsibilities

Apart from webinars, campus-based discussion groups of academic advising publications can also be a great way to engage folks in professional development around academic advising.  Whether a one-time brown bag lunch focusing on an article from the NACADA Journal, or an ongoing discussion group of a NACADA book or monograph, getting folks together on your campus to talk about academic advising is an outstanding way to fulfill your professional development needs.

If you have questions about any of NACADA’s professional development opportunities, please contact me privately via email; I’ll be happy to share what I know and help you get connected with Executive Office staff for more information.

In next month’s blog post, we’ll consider the Association’s goal to “promote the role of effective academic advising in student success to college and university decision makers.”


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