Research Committee

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Mission: The NACADA Research Committee promotes the advancement of scholarly inquiry within the association and, working collaboratively with the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University, supports the consumption and production of a body of knowledge designed to advance the field and practice of academic advising.

Research Committee Key Tasks:

  • Solicit and review applications for NACADA Research Grants
  • Solicit and review applications for Research Awards
  • Review potential surveys for membership distribution
  • Plan and organize research opportunities at regional and annual conferences
  • Serve as initial point of contact for research mentoring opportunities
  • Collaborate with NACADA Center for Research to advance educational opportunities

Membership: The Research Committee is composed of current NACADA members who are skilled in a variety of research methodologies and approaches.  Each member brings a nuanced understanding of the field of academic advising in order to promote the conditions necessary to advance the body of knowledge within the field.  Commmittee members serve a two-year term and meet yearly at the NACADA annual conference.

How to become involved in the Research Committee: Those interested in learning more about the work of the Research Committee or in becoming a member may wish to attend the committee's yearly on-site meeting at the 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 in order to experience the type of contribution and commitment that would be expected of them as a member.  Those interested in assisting with work of the Research Committee or in becoming a member should review the "Research Committee Member Roles & Responsibilities" document on 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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Drew Puroway
University of St Thomas



Committee Members

Drew Puroway, Chair (2018-2020), University of St Thomas (2014-2020), Region 6
Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Immediate Past Chair (2016-2018), Harvard University (2010-2020), Region 1
Susan Campbell, Northeastern University (2013-2021), Region 1
Steve Schaffling, Syracuse University (2019-2021), Region 1
Hilleary Himes, Penn State University (2017-2021), Region 2
Quentin Alexander, Longwood University (2017-2019), Region 2
Twaina Harris, Claflin University (2017-2021), Region 3
Shannon Burton, Michigan State University (2011-2019), Region 5
Shantalea Johns, Wayne State University (2018-2020), Region 5
Craig McGill, University of South Dakota (2016-2020), Region 6
Rhonda Dean-Kyncl, University of Oklahoma (2017-2021), Region 7
Kristan Venegas, University of La Verne (2015-2020), Region 9
Kiana Shiroma, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2016-2020), Region 9
Keith Proctor, Brigham Young University (2018-2020), Region 10
Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski, University of Utah (2019-2020), Region 10
David Grey, York St John University (2016-2020), International
Leigh Cunningham, NACADA Executive Office Liaison
Wendy Troxel, Director, NACADA Research Center (ad hoc)

Research-Related Information

Research-related Resources (General)
NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University
NACADA Research Grant
Research Committee Reviewed & Approved Surveys

Research Related Questions: The Research Committee seeks to help NACADA members complete their advising research. Address research related questions to the Committee's Research Registry listserv

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