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 an 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. Committee members serve a two-year term and meet yearly at the NACADA Annual Conference.

How to Get Involved 

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: Elisa Shaffer

Committee Chair (2020-2022)

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Kiana Shiroma
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa






Kiana Shiroma, Chair (2020-2022, 2022-2023 Past Chair) University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2016-2022), Region 9
Susan Campbell, University of Southern Maine (2013-2023), Region 1
Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Harvard University (2010-2024), Region 1
Peter Hagen, Stockton University (2020-2022), Region 2
Hilleary Himes, Penn State University (2017-2023), Region 2
Sydni Leonard, Emory & Henry College (2022-2024), Region 2
Julie Traxler, Rutgers University (2020-2024), Region 2
Alicia Abney, Middle Tennessee State University (2021-2023), Region 3
Holley Linkous, University of Tennesse (2021-2023), Region 3
Pamela Stephens, Fairmont State University (2020-2024), Region 3
Mark Duslak, Lake-Sumter State College (2021-2024), Region 4
Shannon Burton, Michigan State University (2021-2023), Region 5
Corey Flack, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2021-2023), Region 5
Shawntae Harris Mintline, Wayne State University (2021-2023), Region 5
Shantalea Johns, Wayne State University (2018-2024), Region 5
Steven Kavaratzis, Ryerson University (2021-2023), Region 5
Shelley Price-Williams, University of Northern Iowa (2021-2023), Region 6
Drew Puroway, University of St Thomas (2014-2024), Region 6
Emily Ball, Texas A&M University (2021-2023), Region 7
Kelly Briggs, Kansas State University (2020-2022), Region 7
Craig McGill, Kansas State University (2016-2022), Region 7
Kate Elias, Seattle University (2021-2023), Region 8
Keegan Gormally, Western Oregon University (2020-2024), Region 8
Marian Gabra, University of California-Los Angeles (2020-2024), Region 9
Kristan Venegas, University of La Verne (2015-2022), Region 9
Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski, University of Utah (2019-2023), Region 10
Keith Proctor, Brigham Young University (2018-2022, 2022-2024 Incoming Chair), Region 10
Julie Voller, Phoenix College (2020-2024), Region 10
David Grey, UKAT (2016-2022), International
Kathryn Woods, UKAT, International, Ex Officio
Elisa Shaffer, NACADA Executive Office Liaison
Wendy Troxel, Director, NACADA Research Center (ad hoc)

Research-Related Information

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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Sub-Committee Assignments

2022 Annual Conference Speaker: Shantalea Johns, Craig Mc Gill, Shelley Price-Williams, Drew Puroway, & Pamela Stephens

2021-2022 Research Grant: Keith Proctor (Chair), Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski, Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Mark Duslak, Kate Elias, Corey Flack, Shawntae Harris Mintline, Hilleary Himes, Steven Kavaratzis, Craig McGill, Shelly Price-Williams, Drew Puroway, Kiana Shiroma, Julie Traxler, & Kathryn Woods

2022 Research Awards (Student Research, Excellence in Scholarly Inquiry and Research Institute Scholarship): Kiana Shiroma (Chair), Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski, Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Kate Elias, Hilleary Himes, Shantalea Johns, Holley Linkous, Craig McGill, Shelley Price-Williams, Drew Puroway, Julie Traxler, & Kathryn Woods

2022 Common Reading: Kiana Shiroma (Chair), Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Kate Elias, Shantalea Johns, Shelley Price-Williams, Drew Puroway, Pamela Stephens, & Julie Voller

2022 Research Committee Reviewed/Approved Research Review: Keith Proctor(Chair), Mark Duslak, Marian Gabra, Hilleary Himes, Craig McGill, Shelley Price-Williams, Drew Puroway, Kiana Shiroma, Julie Traxler, Wendy Troxel, & Kathryn Woods

Research Curriculum: Kiana Shiroma (Chair), Alicia Abney, Shannon Burton, Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Hilleary Himes, Holley Linkous, Craig McGill, Shelley Price-Williams, Keith Proctor, Wendy Troxel, Julie Voller, & Kathryn Woods

Research Canvas Community Development: Keith Proctor (Chair), Alicia Abney, Emily Ball, Kelly Briggs, Steven Kavaratzis, Holley Linkous, Shelley Price-Williams, Drew Puroway, Julie Traxler, & Wendy Troxel

Webpage Review: Marian Gabra (Chair), Alicia Abney, Emily Ball, Kelly Briggs, Julie Traxler & Wendy Troxel

Research Module Curriculum Development: Shelley Price-Williams & Keegan Gormally (Co-Chairs), Kelly Briggs, Shannon Burton, Kate Elias, & Craig McGill

Next Meeting

The 2022 Annual Meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, from 1:00-2:30 PM CT. Contact the EO Liaison to attain the Zoom link.

Contact EO Liaison, Elisa Shaffer, for information about future meetings.