Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 3 in 2022!

All preconferences are free and are on the first day of the conference, Monday, February 21, 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.

Special Event | Tennessee Trivia Tour 

1-3 p.m. Monday, February 21 | Cost: $10

While you’re in town for the conference, you will not want to miss seeing the sights in the “scruffy little city” of Knoxville. Join us for a trolley tour of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee campus. On this tour, you can expect to see some landmarks around town and campus, learn about UT/Knoxville history and traditions, and enjoy a fun round of trivia with prizes throughout the tour. We hope you’ll join us!

Preconference Workshops

P1: Strengthening your Advising Sphere
1-4 pm | Monday, February 21
Jennifer McLamb, Christina Ragone, Stephanie Reiley, Kayla Bowley, and Alissa Dodds,  North Carolina State University

Through the intentional use of CliftonStrengths, we can create thriving and inclusive teams, which will create successful and engaged students. Don Clifton said, "What leaders have in common is that each really knows their strengths, have developed their strengths, and can call on the right strength at the right time." We are calling on leaders in the academic advising community to intentionally focus on gaining insight into both their individual and team Strengths. Join us in this highly interactive session as we explore CliftonStrengths through various strategies and immersive activities that will help you develop your team through innovation and creativity. You will leave this session with a common language that will help you foster the diversity of individual Strengths within your unit and feel empowered to confidently implement CliftonStrengths in your professional advising sphere.

Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.
How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.


P2: Exploration vs Timely Completion
1-4 pm | Monday, February 21
Jannie Taylor, Crystal Colter, Sharon May, Sylvia Turner, Sarah Yeaple, and  Niklas Trzaskowski, Maryville College

Unnecessary time to degree can mean up to thousands of dollars in added student loan debt and thousands more lost in potential wages. On the other hand, exploration is developmentally appropriate for traditional-aged students and often advantageous for non-traditional. Can we hold space for exploration while facilitating timely completion of a degree? 

Attendees will examine theoretical models for framing this question, consider obstacles and best practices, then customize resources such as templates, checklists, assessments, worksheets, and maps. Finally, partners will engage in peer feedback using a whole learning analysis rubric to identify missing or weak elements, to strengthen the connection to learning and developmental science, and to encourage the development of broader and deeper competencies.

Novices can use the session as a foundation; experienced professionals can tweak toward improved outcomes.

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


P3: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
4-5 pm | Monday, February 21
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!


Enhancing your Advising “Sphere”

February 21-23, 2022
Hilton Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

Call for Proposals | Closed

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Conference Co-Chairs

Shanna Pendergrast
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Kirsten Pitcock

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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