Theory, Philosophy, & History of Advising Community

TPHAC Poster at the ACD Fair in Phoenix, 2018

Our focus is the self-reflexive work of examining the theoretical, philosophical and historical foundations of academic advising, in addition to supporting theory building initiatives and their applications. We welcome the study of academic advising from any theoretical vantage point and look to incorporate theory in new ways. We seek to promote the study and understanding of theory, philosophy, and the historical foundations related to academic advising, and to support and encourage conference presentations, publications, and research in these areas. We seek to develop and advance philosophical and historical reflection in the field of academic advising both within NACADA and outside associations, administration, faculty and other stakeholders.

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Three-part series: Writing a Personal Philosophy of Advising

Presented by Kate Bernas, Associate Director, Wayne State University's Advisor Training Academy.

Writing a statement of advising philosophy is an important professional development experience and is considered one of the essential Relational Competencies in the NACADA Core Competency model. This three-part series will take advisors through the steps to prepare, write, review, and maintain this living document. Attendees for session 1 will have an opportunity to select or be assigned a writing partner to aide in accountability and feedback, with the goal of completing your statement by the end of session 3. 

Session 1: Introduction and Preparation

This session will provide an overview of the first three steps of the process that lead to a draft of a Personal Philosophy of Advising (PPA). Attendees will be provided numerous resources to begin the writing process and will have an opportunity to select or be assigned a writing partner to aide in accountability and provide constructive feedback.

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Session 2: Revision and Reflection

The second session will serve as a check-in on the writing process and allow for feedback on the utilization of PPA partnerships. We will also discuss the editing and revision process and provide an affirming space for feedback on your progress.

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Session 3Maintenance and Application

This final session will cover the possible uses of a PPA and how it can be incorporated into one's advising practice and record of professional accomplishments. Additional discussion will be spent on the importance of maintaining the document into the future and reflection on all aspects of the writing process.

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