A NACADA and ACHE (Association for Continuing Higher Education) Collaboration Web Event
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Recording of the event is available on NACADA's YouTube channel. Find the listing HERE.
Exploring Student Veterans' Perceptions of their Strengths and How to Harness Them in Higher Education
Presenters Katie Sullivan and Kay Yoon share their cutting-edge research on student veterans’ perceptions of the strengths they bring to a university and how those strengths affect their academic performances. Drs. Sullivan and Yoon discuss their empirical research on student veterans’ self-reported strengths—which include communication, diversity management, leadership, and drive—and how these strengths positively affect self-efficacy and motivation in their academic performances. Although acknowledging the challenges student veterans might face as they transition from military to university cultures is important, the authors argue that a balanced approach to communication about student veterans in which strengths are included is necessary. Based on these findings, this presentation includes advocacy and advice for ways higher education institutions can communicate support around student veterans’ strengths.
Joshua "JJ" Johnson (University of Central Florida), Chair, NACADA Advising Veterans, Military Students, and Family Members Community
Katie Sullivan (Ph.D. University of Utah) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Katie’s research concerns the role of branding in contemporary professional life and diversity and inclusion, particularly the intersections between professionalization, gender, and embodiment. Katie’s work has been published in Gender, Work & Organization, Human Relations, Management Communication Quarterly, Organization and Organization Studies.
Kay Yoon (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her research concerns (1) communicative, technological, and sociocultural factors that influence knowledge sharing behaviors and performances in work teams and (2) team-based learning and pedagogy in higher education. She teaches a broad range of topic areas within the realm of Team and Organizational Communication at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including Team Processes, Leadership, Diversity, and Virtual Teams.
*Please note: the capacity of our virtual environment for this NACADA Web Event is 500 participants. Registration will close when capacity is reached.