Professional Development Committee

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Mission: The Professional Development Committee (PDC)

  • reviews the professional development activities of the Association and recommends new initiatives.
  • identifies the professional development needs of the membership and recommends methods for addressing those needs.
  • works with the Regions and Advising Community Chairs in cultivating opportunities for professional development to both current and prospective audiences (Policy Number: AD – 09).

Function: The PDC works both independently and collaboratively with other NACADA entities to carry out its general mission, as described above, and to address specific needs identified by the Executive Office, the Administrative Division, and/or the Board of Directors.  For example, PDC members might work with entities such as the Webinar Advisory Board and the Publications Advisory Board to identify gaps in resources and publications. Or, they might work with entities such as the Summer/Winter Institutes Advisory Board and the Annual Conference Advisory Board to identify gaps in events and event curricula.

Membership: PDC members serve a two-year term and meet yearly on-site at the NACADA annual conference. Online meetings via the Zoom platform take place as needed throughout the year.

How to become involved in the PDC: Those interested in learning more about the PDC's work and/or in becoming a member may wish to attend the committee's yearly on-site meeting at Annual Conference. The Committee Chair is also always willing to discuss the group's work with interested NACADA members. Prospective committee members may be offered an opportunity to assist with the work of one of the current subcommittees to have a chance to experience the type of contribution and commitment that would be expected from them as a member. Those interested in assisting with the PDC's work and/or in becoming a member work should review the "Professional Development Committee Member Roles & Responsibilities" document in the  Member Responsibilities module in the right-hand column of this page, and then contact the committee's Executive Office Liaison: Leigh Cunningham.

Current Committee Chair

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Deb Dotterer
Michigan State University




Deb Dotterer, Chair (2018-2020), Michigan State University, Region 5 (2016-2020)
Teri Farr, Immediate Past Chair (2015-2018), University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Region 5 (2012-2020)
Gavin Farber (AT&D Advising Community Chair, 2019-2021), Temple University, Region 2 (2019-2021)
Karen Lewis, University of Maryland-College Park, Region 2 (2018-2020)
Sherrie Dennee, American Public University, Region 3 (2018-2020)
Ivette Barbosa, IUPUI, Region 5 (2018-2020)
Chi Lo, Santa Clara University, Region 9 (2018-2020)
Carol Pollard, University of North Texas, Region 7 (2018-2020)
Barbara Smith, University of Texas-San Antonio, Region 7 (2018-2020)
Richard Finger, Lehman College-CUNY, Region 1 (2019-2021)
Steve Viveiros, Wheaton College, Region 1 (2019-2021)
Margaret Mbindyo, Millersville University, Region 2 (2019-2021)
Andrew Millin, Stevens Institute of Technology, Region 2 (2019-2021)
Scott Byington, Central Carolina Community College, Region 3 (2019-2021)
Jennifer McCaul, University of West Florida, Region 4 (2019-2021)
Angie Swenson-Holzinger, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Region 5 (2019-2021)
Soyla Santos, University of Texas at Arlington, Region 7 (2019-2021)
Sarah Kyllo, Oregon State University, Region 8 (2019-2021)
Leigh Cunningham, NACADA Executive Office Liaison

Subcommittees / Working Groups

Strategic Goal 2 Professional Development Gap Analysis Subcommittee: Deb Dotterer, Jennifer McCaul, Chi Lo, Steve Viveiros, Angie Swenson-Holzinger (assisted by Madeline Goldman and Stephanie Morawo)

Proposal to add Core Competencies to conference proposal systems: Deb Dotterer

Resources for Core Competency development subcommittee: Chi Lo, Sherrie Dennee 

Career Success Support subcommittee: Andrew Millin (lead), Karen Lewis, Richard Finger, Soyla Santos, (assisted by  Madeline Goldman and Stephanie Morawo)

Translation of Core Competencies Guide into Spanish: Ivette Barbosa and translation team (Tania Alvarez, Fabiola Mora, Leonor Wangensteen, Nancy Ciudad-Simmons)

Next Meeting

Zoom meetings will take place periodically as determined by the Chair

Next on site meeting will take place during the 2020 Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.