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.

February 2020 Proposal Help

Are you preparing a proposal for the 2020 Annual Conference in Puerto Rico? Are you interested in preparing a proposal but not sure how to start, or how to finish? Have no fear, TPH is here! We will hold two open Zoom rooms for folks to ask questions and get feedback on a proposal-in-progress. There will be at least one member of the TPH steering committee who has successfully been selected to present at a NACADA conference in each session to offer help. Here are the details:

Session 1: Wednesday, February 12, 11am-12:30pm Eastern; Zoom link:

Session 2: Tuesday, February 18, 4pm-5pm Eastern; Zoom link:

We hope to see you there—just drop by any time during a session. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at

Online Discussion Archive

April 2019 Discussion

Authors George Steele and Eric White discuss their article published in The Mentor:  Leadership in Higher Education: Insights from Academic Advisers.  
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September 2018 Discussion

Killing Joy: Sara Ahmed, Bad Feelings, and Advising
Presented by: CJ Venable

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April 2018 Discussion

Medieval Foundations of a 21st Century Profession: The Value of Historical Narratives to Academic Advising

Presented by: Wojciech Bełtkiewicz, PhDIndiana University - Bloomington
Lawyers have Cicero. Physicians have Hippocrates. Nurses have Florence Nightingale.  Who are the great professional forefathers (or foremothers) of academic advisors? 

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January 2018 Discussion

The Problem of Dualism in Academic Advising - A Deweyan Critique 
Presented by Kurt Xyst, Lead Academic Advisor in Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising at the University of Washington

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Ethics & Advising Discussion from 2017

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Current Chair

CJ Venable
Kent State University