Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 2 in 2020!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the conference, Monday April 27, 2020, 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: The Advising Literature Review: Make It Systematic!
noon-2 pm | Monday, April 27
Gregory Mason, Pennsylvania State University

Whether its conducting a research study, or looking for professional development resources, the importance of knowing the existing academic advising literature cannot be overstated. In this workshop, we will explore how to conduct a 'systematic' literature review. Systematic review searches are unique due to their exhaustive nature, and their ability to be replicated by others using specific search criteria. Since starting these searches can seem daunting, attendees will be guided through the process step by step, using relevant advising topics of their choosing to direct their searches. By the end of this workshop, attendees will have the tools to conduct their own systematic literature review searches. All attendees must bring a laptop computer to this workshop.

Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Legal guidelines of advising practice, including privacy regulations and confidentiality.
Campus and community resources that support student success.


P2: Cultivating Radical Hope: Integrating Mindfulness Techniques into Advising Leadership and Practice
noon-2 pm | Monday, April 27
Timothy Beaucage, Johns Hopkins University

The purpose of this program will be to illustrate several ways in which mindfulness practice can work together with critical anti-oppression pedagogy to cultivate transformative experiences in advising approaches for both practitioner and advisee. Considering current socio-political climates, it is imperative that we proactively address potentially difficult conversations in intentional ways. Building successful helping relationships takes practice, and this contemplative workshop will cultivate a better understanding of how to develop the skills necessary to be present and compassionate in our advising work. Participants will walk away with simple ways to utilize techniques gleaned from blending mindfulness practice with critical pedagogy in all areas of the work we do within ourselves, our offices, and with our students.

Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Plan and conduct successful advising interactions.
Theory relevant to academic advising.


P3: Flipping Fabulous: A Model of Flipped Advising for Enhanced Relationships and Student Engagement
noon-2 pm | Monday, April 27
Robin Lawson, Virginia Commonwealth University

While flipped advising has become a popular catchphrase in academic advising today, some recent practitioners have focused solely on the communication tools for reaching large caseloads, overlooking the roots in flipped pedagogy focused on gaining student engagement and thereby enhancing student development. We will review the theoretical underpinnings supporting this model of flipped advising as well as an array of tools we can use to increase student engagement and development and to build better advising relationships, allowing us to go beyond transactional meetings with our students. These tools can be used to increase student buy-in into the value of the academic advising relationship, and they can be employed and adapted one at a time, as best suits your needs, or they can be used to completely transform your advising practice. Participants will receive worksheets and handouts with samples and examples which can be directly adopted or adapted into your advising practice, and we will take time to workshop ways to adapt specific tools to better suit various situations, institutions, and audiences. You will leave with tangible tools and examples to begin to implement flipped advising to whatever degree works best for your individual advising practice.

Theory relevant to academic advising.
Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.


P4: Navigating the Mid-Level Advisors Tide: Developing Skills for a Successful Career
2-4 pm | Monday, April 27
Gavin Farber Temple University
Carrie Egnosak, Penn State Behrend 

In higher education, mid-level practitioners face challenges that affect them both personally and professionally. Some advisors seek advancement to the top, while others 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. In reality, 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 pre-conference session that will include (1) review of the topic, (2) networking with fellow mid-level advisors (3) panel discussion from NACADA Leadership and (4) career success planning to overcome your struggles and conquer your doubts! This pre-conference session is in alignment with one of the 2019-2020 Region 2 Goals to engage mid-level advisors.

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.


P5: #DoBetter: Integrating Antiracist Practice in Advising
2-4 pm | Monday, April 27
Rachel Brown, Sarah Jones, Esther Philip, Darien Smith, American University 

Have you felt apprehensive about engaging in a conversation about race with your students or colleagues? Conversations around race are difficult, yet important given the current sociopolitical climate of the US. We may assume that we can work without confronting issues of race, but our lives are intertwined with issues of race. We do not have a choice but to confront the realities impacting our lived experiences. Participants will hear from a group of advisors who piloted a participatory action research group because they struggled to hold meaningful discussions surrounding race. After examining their own educational beliefs, values, biases, and practices, participants will leave seeking to build their own communities of care, support, and learning required to sustain antiracist educational practices in a way that is healthy and beneficial to all involved.

How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained.
Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 
Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.


P6: Job Search Bootcamp - FREE
2:00pm-5:00pm | Monday, April 27
Wayne Adams George Mason University
Jarrett Kealey, Rowan College at Burlington County
Lisa Yamin, Virginia Commonwealth 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.


P7: Beyond Four Letters: The Many Uses of Myers Briggs
2-5 pm | Monday, April 27
Gerron Scott Virginia Commonwealth University

Beyond Four Letters: The Many Uses of Myers Briggs: Myers-Briggs Type is something that most people are familiar with but it goes beyond personality descriptions. Used properly it can be a powerful tool that can be used to build relationships, cohesive units and resolve conflict. In this interactive presentation we will learn to see the brilliance in our type as well as others. We will then move beyond the normal uses of Myers-Briggs and look at advanced application. For example, Myers-Briggs can help us learn how to manage our stress efficiently. We will then learn how to use our Myers-Briggs Type to rid ourselves of stress. This can be a useful tool for you as a professional and for working with your students. No knowledge of Myers-Briggs is needed to attend this session.

 Academic advising approaches and strategies.
 Campus and community resources that support student success.
Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.


P8: Holistic Advisor Well-Being: Developing Strategies for Individual and Team Self-care
2-5 pm | Monday, April 27
Liz Sutton University of Pennsylvania

If you're an advisor, you've probably felt it: increased email traffic, greater institutional oversight, stressed out students, and what feels like less and less time. If you're an advising administrator, you've seen it in your team: advisors feeling disengaged, mixed student feedback on advising, and advisor turn-over. We care deeply about our students and want to make sure they are well - but what are we doing for ourselves and our advising teams? The goal of this session is to help each participant work through an individualized plan to support their own and/or their team's well-being. The workshop will be a mix of concept overviews based on empirical research, activities pulled from positive psychology, and experiential components that allow participants to actively engage in self-care strategies such as mindfulness, breathing, and yoga.

Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.
Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 
Articulate a personal philosophy of academic advising. 


P9: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
5-6 pm | Monday, April 27

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!



NACADA Region 2 Conference
Navigating the Tide of Advising Success

March 7-9, 2022
Norfolk, Virginia

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Cat Moss
Old Dominion University

Lisa Yamin

Virginia Commonwealth University
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