Advising Community on Advising Graduate & Professional Students

Grad Students & Doctoral Students AC Merger at ACD Fair in Phoenix

This community comprises professionals who advise post-baccalaureate students. We welcome all who work with traditional graduate students, professional degree seekers, adults returning for advanced degrees or certificates, and alternatively delivered and structured graduate and professional programs. Small in size but great in commitment, our Community provides a mutually supportive context for discussion of issues particular to serving these student populations. Ongoing projects include encouraging discussion of pertinent topics on our LISTSERV, providing resources to help advisors help students, and increasing our presence at national and regional meetings.

Mentor Program

Mentoring is an important aspect of one’s professional development. The NACADA Graduate and Professional Advisors Mentoring Program allows for new to graduate and professional advising professionals to be paired with an experienced advisor within this specialized field providing a greater network and collaboration among members. To learn more, click visit our leadership page.

New Article Published

The November 2020 edition of Academic Advising Today includes an article entitled “Applying Practices of Diversity, Inclusivity, and Connectedness to Graduate Student Experiences“  Check it out!

The September 2020 edition of Academic Advising Today includes an article entitled “Empowering Graduate Students: Cultivating Environments for Student Success.”  Check it out!

Supporting Graduate Students Podcasts

Adventures in Advising

Listen to an Adventures in Advising podcast all about supporting graduate students and featuring some members of our Community.  See JULY 6, 2020 | SEASON 1 | EPISODE 15

Get Online...Podcast Series

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) has launched a three-part series that is part of its “Get Online…” podcast.  The podcast series includes the following three episodes:

Episode 1:  Academic Advising: Removing Barriers for Online Graduate Students (Guest Expert: Holli Fergus, Director of Academic Advising at American Public University System)
Episode 2:  Academic Advising: Building Community for Online Graduate Students (Guest Expert: Jamie Heck, Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing)
Episode 3:  Academic Advising: Incorporating Career Advising (Guest Expert: Kimberly Smith, Assistant Provost of Academic Advising Initiatives at Virginia Tech University)

The podcasts are available at  Listeners can also find “Get Online...” at most podcast directories.

The podcasts are available at  Listeners can also find “Get Online...” at most podcast directories.

GPS Talks Series

March 2021 GPS Talk

Mark Your Calendar! Our March 2021 GPS Talk online meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. CT. This informal online meeting will provide an opportunity for Advising Community on Graduate & Professional Students members and friends to discuss topics related to graduate and professional students. We hope you will be able to attend!  Please share this information with colleagues and encourage their virtual attendance. There is no fee associated with this online meeting. You must register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The recording of this online meeting will be accessible after the online session is held via the Advising Community on Graduate & Professional Students webpage and shared via the community listserv.

More Talks Coming Soon!

View the Recordings




Grad/Professional Student Appreciation Week Programming Ideas

To view programming ideas, please click HERE.

Current Chair

Jamie Heck
University of Cincinnati

COVID-19 Resources

To view resources click HERE.

About Working with Grad & Professional Students

  • The advising needs of post-baccalaureate students are no less complex than that of undergraduate learners and these needs are underpinned by an expansive body of adult learning theory and literature ripe for application.
  • The field of graduate, doctoral, and professional student advising and support is growing rapidly. Thus, the need for this professional community is never more needed.