Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 3 in 2020!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the conference, Monday, April 20, 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: Engaging Faculty in Advising Training
1-3 pm |  Monday, April 20
Dedra Cobb, Jennifer Jones, Fairmont State University

Two advising center directors combine forces to share their experiences over the last six years in attempting to "woo" faculty members to more fully embrace academic advising. Similar to how we intentionally focus on developing rapport and trust with our students, we will demonstrate how we have incorporated those concepts to increase the interest of faculty members in receiving training. We will discuss barriers, frustrations, and reasons that some faculty are resistant to buying into academic advising strategies along with recommended solutions and techniques. We will practice several methods that can be adapted and used with any group of faculty. If you can, bring a cell phone, tablet, or computer to participate fully in the session. 

 Expected outcomes of academic advising.
Campus and community resources that support student success.


P2: Safe Zone Training - FREE
1-3 pm | Monday, April 20
University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ Staff

P3: Developing Your Advisor Toolbox for Motivation and Satisfaction
1-4 pm | Monday, April 20
Janina Dehart, Jenny Stewart, Western Carolina University

As members of a helping profession, advisors are often faced with burnout. How do we ensure we are taking care of ourselves, so that we can best serve our students?

During this highly interactive session, participants will engage in a variety of self-reflection and group activities as they define advisor stress, recognize signs of impending burnout, identify and apply strategies to combat burnout, explore factors that contribute to advisor effectiveness and job satisfaction, and develop a self-care plan and personal artifacts for future use on their respective campuses. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how they might employ the techniques learned during the presentation on their respective campuses with students and colleagues, and they will choose an accountability partner for future encouragement and support.

 Articulate a personal philosophy of academic advising.
 NACADA's Core Values of Academic Advising.


P4: Integrative Academic and Career Advising: Using Reflective Wanderings to Lead to Possibilities
1-4 pm | Monday, April 20
Daniel Darland, Melissa Law-Penrose, Jessy Rosenberg, Eric Turner, Marissa Williams

As the pressure to improve 4-year graduation rates intensifies for various reasons, including the increasing costs of college and performance-based funding, how can institutions help students who are undecided, paralyzed by their uncertainty, or transitioning between majors make informed decisions about their path? This workshop introduces the use of integrative academic and career advising in a collaborative course format wherein students have improved their sense of decidedness and self-efficacy that they can succeed in college. Through personal and academic inquiry, in-class reflection activities, and individual coaching sessions, students actively engage in their exploration process. During this workshop, participants will learn about the course structure, engage in exploration activities, share their own strategies, and brainstorm how to incorporate new activities into their daily practice.

Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships. 
Campus and community resources that support student success.


P5: Growing Winners: Utilizing Strengths-Based Practices in Advising, Teaching and Team-Building
1-4 pm | Monday, April 20
Alissa Dodds, Jennifer McLamb, North Carolina State University

Imagine being surrounded by colleagues and students who are engaged, thriving and performing at their very best. In our College of Management, we are preparing future global business and community leaders to understand diversity as multi-dimensional through intentional design of understanding self and creating an inclusive mindset. According to the CliftonStrengths website, almost 20 million individuals have taken the Strengths Assessment. Our college has invested focused attention to create a common language around Strengths for staff, faculty, and students. Join us for this highly interactive preconference to explore the positive psychology of Strengths through 3 lenses: as an academic advisor, in the classroom and to maximize team performance.   

Participants with all levels of Strengths understanding are encouraged to attend. We would highly recommend participants be familiar with their top 5 Strengths in order to make the most out of their experience during this preconference. Participants will leave with a toolbox of Strengths-based activities and individualized plans that they can use in their work.

Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.
How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained.


P6: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
4:30-5:30 | Monday, April 20
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!



NACADA Region 3 Conference

Enhancing your Advising “Sphere”

February 21-23, 2022
Knoxville, TN

Call for Proposals | due 2 p.m. Monday, December 20
Preconference Workshops, Concurrent Sessions, and Poster

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Conference Co-Chairs

Shanna Pendergrast
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Kirsten Pitcock
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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