NACADA Research Institute

NEW DATES FOR 2021 - Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NACADA Research Institute has been postponed to May 20-22, 2021. Check here for information about registration and related events! 

Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22, 2021 | Rosemont, IL Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare

Thank you for your interest in the NACADA Research Symposium, which is now known as the NACADA Research Institute!

This interactive 2½ -day institute brings primary role advisors, faculty advisors, and advising administrators together to explore new and continuing lines of inquiry within the scholarship of advising. This “project-focused” institute is for individuals or teams who want to develop (or further plan) the scope of an evidence-based research study or philosophical inquiry. The event is perfect for collaborative teams (faculty advisors and primary role advisors, interdisciplinary teams, or cross-institutional teams) to jump-start a research project or area of deep inquiry.

What to expect:

As a Research Institute participant you will dive deeply into your “wonderings” about the impact, context, and theories related to academic advising. We will explore scholarly inquiry in advising from both social science and humanities perspectives, and apply the approaches to your areas of interest to allow you to make strategic, justifiable decisions about your potential research. This working institute will be an intensive two and a half days focused on the components of a successful research project and the development of an action plan for next steps. Particular attention will be spent on research that illuminates critical issues of equity and social justice related to academic advising.

Why you should attend:

  • Explore the foundational aspects of social science research design and humanities-based inquiry
  • Apply appropriate methodological design and approaches to critical issues in academic advising
  • Learn to search the literature for relevant sources to inform your study
  • Explore the need for evidence related to intended and unintended consequences of policy and practice on student identities and sub-populations
  • Elevate your “voice” within the field to contribute to the scholarly literature on the relationship between academic advising and student success 
  • Learn about ongoing resources for collaborative inquiry, funding possibilities, and venues for publication
  • All participants will be enrolled into a Canvas “program site” for ongoing support and collaboration, including opportunities for virtual writing groups.

Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, May 20, 2021

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Registration

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm | Welcome & Plenary Session 1


Friday, May 21, 2021

8:00 am - 8:45 am | Breakfast (nametag required)

9: 00 am - 11:45 am | Plenary Session 2 and Breakout Sessions

11:45 am - 1:00 pm | Lunch (nametag required)

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Plenary Session 3 and Topical Sessions

Dinner on Your Own


Saturday, May 22, 2021

8:00 am - 8:45 am | Breakfast (nametag required)

9: 00 am - 11:45 am | Topical and Breakout Sessions

11:45 am - 1:00 pm | Lunch (nametag required)

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Breakout Sessions, Action Planning, Plenary Session 4, and Closing

For more information, please contact: Wendy Troxel, NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University

What others say...

I would highly recommend the Research Symposium for anyone who wants to learn more about conducting research in the advising field. The facilitators are experts, and it doesn't matter if you are experienced or new; they will challenge your mind and abilities! -Jeanette Berger

The research symposium is an intimate, safe environment where you bond with others who are interested in developing research techniques for the purpose our students’ success. The instructors are kind, attentive, supportive and passionate. I had a really wonderful experience that I won’t soon forget! -Craig McGill

Past Research Symposia Locations

2018 - Daytona Beach, FL
2017 - Phoenix, AZ
2016 - Manhattan, KS
2015 - Indianapolis, IN
2014 - Newport, RI
2013 - New Brunswick, NJ
2012 - Las Vegas, NV
2011 - Knoxville, TN
2010 - Stockton Univ, NJ
2009 - Starkville, MS