posted on May 26, 2020 01:02
Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director
In just a few short months all of us have experienced changes in our personal and professional lives like we most likely have never experienced before. We all have begun to use phrases like “uncharted waters,” “virtual learning experiences,” and “the new normal” in our everyday conversations with friends and colleagues. And for so many of us we are preparing for a new academic year that we are not sure what it will look like and are not sure how we will be engaging with our students and our fellow advising professionals on our campuses and across the world.
The NACADA Board of Directors, Council members, elected and appointed leaders, and Executive Office staff are working diligently and tirelessly to ensure that NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising continues to provide our members and the profession with the highest quality learning experiences, engagement opportunities, and connections with our colleagues possible. Advisors are facing new challenges as we work to create supportive academic advising experiences for our students and, thus, it is important that NACADA be proactive in supporting the academic advising community globally. As President Justyna so wisely stated in her article, it is important that we all work together to become a better association, better advisors, and better humans.
NACADA is moving forward with our plans to hold the 44th Annual NACADA Conference in Puerto Rico October 4-7, 2020. We had a record number of proposals submitted for this year’s conference and are excited to offer high quality learning experiences and opportunities for all of us to engage and connect with our academic advising colleagues across the globe. We encourage you to follow the Annual Conference website for all updates and information for the conference.
The NACADA Region Division, Academic Advising Communities, and Executive Office are providing to all members a variety of virtual (live and recorded) opportunities to learn from and connect with your colleagues on a regular basis. We encourage you to pay close attention to the NACADA Next Week emails, the NACADA Website, NACADA Facebook page, and various Region and Academic Advising Community Facebook pages for all the virtual opportunities that you can take advantage of. It is so important that especially in this time of uncertainty, we stay connected with our colleagues and we take advantage of all the professional development opportunities possible.
I invite you to contact me at any time if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas for how our association can best serve you and your advising colleagues as we all work to keep focused on our profession and our students.
Charlie Nutt, Executive Director
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
Cite this article using APA style as: Nutt, C. (2020, June). From the executive director: Uncharted waters provide new opportunities. Academic Advising Today, 43(2). [insert url here]