Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 2 in 2022!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the conference, Monday, March 7, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Job Search Bootcamp - FREE
noon-3 pm | Monday, March 7
Wayne Adams, George Mason University

Are you less than a year from finishing your graduate school program or new to the profession? Are you getting ready to enter the job market? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the nuances associated with a job search? Then our job search boot camp is for you! Come to the FREE preconference and learn more about how to prepare for your impending job search. We will offer self-assessments, critique your cover letter and resume, conduct mock interviews, and explore other factors to help you conduct a successful job search.

Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Articulate a personal philosophy of academic advising.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.

P2: Navigating the Tides of Mid-Level Advisor Success: Transforming Your Career in Academic Advising
noon-3 pm | Monday, March 7
Gavin Farber, Temple University

In higher education, mid-level practitioners face challenges that affect them both personally and professionally. Some advisors seek advancement to the top, while other are happy in their roles as “helping professionals.” When promotions are unavailable to this group, it can be difficult to find appreciation in their jobs. When a vertical path is unavailable at an institution, it could be horizontal movements that afford the best opportunities for aiding in professional development. Join the conversation to learn how you can forge a rich, rewarding career independent of the conventional “climbing the ladder” approach and can engage in your own #HorizontalBranding on and off campus. Join us in this two-hour preconference session that will include (1) review of the topic, (2) networking with fellow mid-level advisors (3) panel discussion from industry leaders and (4) career success planning to overcome your struggles and conquer your doubts!

The history and role of academic advising in higher education.
Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.

P3: You Can't Spell Awesome without ME
1-4 pm | Monday, March 7
Joanne Garfield, Temple University

It’s not all about me...but it kind of is. In this interactive and lively workshop utilizing our Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI), we will reflect on our communication styles and personality traits to identify how they impact our relationships with colleagues and students. If you don’t know your Type, please complete a free assessment on the 16 Personalities website. (https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test). Through this process of exploring our preferences, we will recognize how our styles affect interactions with students and learn ways to enhance communication and collaboration. Acknowledging our own preferences and others, we can better understand why we communicate the way we do and be mindful of how others are speaking and acting towards us. We will also discuss techniques for “flexing” our styles and traits that are not within our preferred approach. We will make the connection together. As the great Taylor Swift said, “I promise that you’ll never find another like me.”
Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Plan and conduct successful advising interactions.
Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.

P4: Making the Most of the Moments that Matter: Increasing the Effectiveness of Advising Administration
1-4 pm | Monday, March 7
Jeffrey McClellan, Frostburg State University 

Higher education faces unique and significant challenges. Overcoming these challenges will take more than just effective administration. It will require leadership. In this presentation, participants will learn the difference between administration and leadership and what it takes to lead their departments and divisions effectively in the moments that matter. Leadership as a momentary phenomenon will be explored and participants will actively learn the principles and practices that allow them to better understand, plan for, and achieve greater influence in the leadership moments they encounter daily.  While this workshop is directed towards advising administrators, the principles and practices are relevant to both informal and formal leaders and advisors as well as administrators.

Theory relevant to academic advising.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.
Academic advising approaches and strategies.

P5: How I Met My Mentor! The Region 2 Mentoring Program Precon - Invite Only! (Free)
3-5 pm | Monday, March 7
Gavin Farber, Temple University

This preconference is available to select individuals that were accepted as Mentors and Mentees for the NACADA Region 2 Mentoring Program 2022-2023 Cohort. This workshop will include an overview of the program. The coordinator will discuss mentoring within the field of academic advising and higher education.  along with covering the history of mentoring programming in the region. There will also be a review of mentor and mentee expectations, timeline for the program and end with mentor-mentee matches revealed. Time has been allotted for matches to have their first introductions and to begin their mentorships.

Create rapport and build academic advising relationships. 
Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.

P6: Maximize Your Membership and Your Conference Experience - FREE
5-6 pm | Monday, March 7
NACADA Leaders

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey to understand how you can make the most of your "first year experience" in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!


Navigating the Tide of Advising Success

March 7-9, 2022
Marriot Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia

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Cat Moss
Old Dominion University

Lisa Yamin

Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1898

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