NACADA Web Event

The Magical World of Academic Advising: Advising Styles and Personalities Unite! (DW101)

Online Webinar Presentation
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

NACADA members register by January 16, 2021 to receive Early Bird Discount
Registration Deadline: midnight Central Time on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Webinar Overview

At the 2018 and 2019 NACADA Annual Conferences, two presentations drew large audiences and rave reviews for presenters who used elements of the Magical World as metaphors to help us understand the magic of our world of Academic Advising. In this webinar, these presenters join forces to consider how the world of wizards can provide insights to help us become more effective advisors and colleagues.

In the world of “The Boy Who Lived”, wizards (both students and their teachers/advisors) are sorted into four Houses based on their personality traits and values: Badgers are patient, Lions are brave, Eagles are intelligent, and Snakes are ambitious. While we might have some preconceived opinions about which of these characteristics would make for the “ideal” students, advisors, and colleagues, we know that reality requires that in our real world we are able to interact successfully with all types. The presenters will consider how each of us, regardless of our “House” affiliation, can guide our advising approaches and contribute to a holistic working environment. All advising professionals can benefit from this session and non-magic folk are also welcome. 

 Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include:

C2  NACADA's Core Values of Academic Advising.
C3  Theory relevant to academic advising.
C4  Academic advising approaches and strategies.
I5  The characteristics, needs, and experiences of major and emerging student populations.
R1  Articulate a personal philosophy of academic advising.
R2  Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.
R4  Plan and conduct successful advising interactions.


Patricia MacMillan, Senior Academic Advisor, Ontario Tech University

Patricia is in her thirteenth year of advising at Ontario Tech University where she works with students in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. She is currently in the middle of her term as Chair of Region 5 with NACADA and serves on the ELP advisory board as well as the Membership Retention and Recruitment committee. Patricia is an active member in both the Advisory Training and Development and Canadian Advising Communities. Patricia is passionate about advisor training and development and loves to use pop culture reference to help advisors remember and apply advising practices. While her love of the Magical World started in 2001, it was not until 2018 in Columbus Ohio that the combination of advising and the magical world began with a region conference presentation. Patricia hopes to continue to find ways to combine her pop culture loves with her love of advisor training and development.

Megan Terawaki, Academic Advisor, Mānoa Advising Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Megan Terawaki joined the Mānoa Advising Center (MAC) team at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as an academic advisor in 2013 and works with Exploratory undergraduates. Her research includes educational policy and data analysis. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Education and her dissertation examines academic forgiveness policies, their impacts, and their consequences. Megan is an avid reader with a To Be Read list currently hovering around four hundred titles. While she realizes that she will likely not finish them all, she happily accepts the challenge. Her reading interests span fiction and non-fiction, fantasy and history, horror and psychology. You can easily tell which desk is hers at MAC—just look for the largest bookshelf.

Andrew Nguyen, Academic Advisor, Mānoa Advising Center, University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa

Andrew Nguyen has served as an Academic advisor with the Mānoa Advising Center since winter 2016. Andrew views academic advising as a key component to the university system as an institutional representative that can bridge student and administration. Working primarily with exploratory students, his research interests include student engagement, mentorship, sense of belonging, sense of place, and gamification. Over the years, he has worked to utilize holistic student development methods in his practice as well as in a student success course promoting imagination-based learning. Always aiming to associate pop culture fantasy and fiction with advising practices, Andrew recognizes authors of such worlds can have divisive perspectives but hopes to separate the artist from the art and promote learning in a dynamic and entertaining way.

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