The Intersection of Scholarship and Practice: Academic Advising in our Now Normal
Overview: This pre-conference is an opportunity for academic advisors to engage with each other, content experts, and reflect on personal and institutional advising practices. The program features Dr. Wendy G. Troxel, Director of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University and Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs. She teaches graduate level classes in research methods and assessment, and supports the scholarly work of students. The title of the address is "Research that Matters in Academic Advising: The Collaborative Evidence of Student Success." Following the keynote, advisors will have the opportunity to network in smaller breakout sessions focusing on ‘news you can use’ diving deeper into current and emerging trends and combining research with everyday practice.
- Staff & Faculty: $25.00 + service fee (total cost = $28.52)
Location & Transportation:
The pre-conference will take place at NYU's Palladium Hall, the 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room (140 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003). Upon arrival please present your NYU ID or photo ID to the security guard and say that you are here to attend the Pre-Conference. You will be directed to the MPR on the 3rd floor.
Doors Open: 12:30 – 1:00PM (light lunch available)
1 – 1:15PM Light lunch and networking
1:15 – 1:25PM Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Wendy G. Troxel
1:25 – 2:15PM Keynote with Dr. Wendy G. Troxel
2:15 – 2:30PM Break
2:30 – 4:20PM Breakout sessions (see below for descriptions)
- 2:30 – 3:20PM – Breakout Sessions A, B & C
- (Break: 3:20 – 3:30PM)
- 3:30 – 4:20PM – Breakout Sessions A, B & C
4 :30 – 5PM Closing and Advisor Mixer
Breakout Session Descriptions
Breakout Session A: “Coaching Strategies for Advisors”
Location: Palladium Hall, 3rd Floor Seminar Room A
Presenters: Dr. Anna Tavis, Clinical Professor and Department Chair of Human Capital Management and Dr. Michael "Woody” Woodward, PhD, PCC, Director of the NYU SPS Coaching Innovation Lab, Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Coaching & Organizational Consulting
This session will be facilitated by NYU School of Professional Studies faculty Dr. Anna Tavis, Clinical Professor and Department Chair of Human Capital Management, author of Humans at Work: The Art and Practice of Creating Hybrid Workplace and Dr. Michael "Woody” Woodward, PhD, PCC, Director of the NYU SPS Coaching Innovation Lab, Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Coaching & Organizational Consulting and author of The YOU Plan. Dr. Tavis and Dr. Woodward have a new book on the horizon, The Digital Coaching Revolution: How to Support Employee-Development with Coaching Tech, and will be leveraging their content expertise and publications to engage on the following topics, specifically framed for academic advisors.
Introduction to the foundations of coaching
Empathy and Rapport Building: How to create a supportive and trusting advisor-student relationship
Active Listening to Inform Inquiry: How to listen for understanding, not just response
Breakout Session B: “Just in Time, Not Just in Case: Human-centered, Tech-enabled Proactive Advising at Scale”
Location: Palladium Hall, 3rd Floor Seminar Room B
Presenters: Holly Halmo, Director, Student Success Initiatives and Jen Rhee, Director of Strategic Student Communication at NYU
How might advisors leverage technology to lessen the time spent identifying students in need of support so they can spend more time in supportive conversations with them? Where can technology help create just-in-time outreach opportunities while making that outreach personal and meaningful for the student? Join the presenters as they walk through four case studies of outreach and support advising campaigns at NYU. Learn more about how to leverage accessible data to ensure students are getting the information they need, when they need it.
Breakout Session C: “Exploring the Possibilities: Documenting the Impact and Influence of Programs, Initiatives, and Activities”
Location: Palladium Hall, 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room
Presenter: Dr. Wendy G. Troxel, Director of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University and Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs
Academic advisors at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) are held increasingly responsible for documenting their impact on “student success.” They face challenges, however, when expectations are unclear and outcomes seem out of their control. This interactive session will address the process to identify achievable small-scale assessment opportunities that can be embedded into existing practice. This approach allows primary-role advisors, faculty advisors, and advising administrators to:
Articulate the role and scope of the advising unit,
Document initiatives that are connected to the intended outcomes of their work,
Demonstrate their commitment to “scholarly advising” and their role as reflective educators,
Identify key “power partners” who share in the institution’s commitment to student success.
2024 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Wendy G. Troxel
Dr. Wendy G. Troxel serves as the inaugural Director of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University. The Center provides opportunities for provide opportunities for research and professional development to a diverse global membership and the academic advising profession. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs she teaches graduate level classes in research methods and assessment, and supports the scholarly work of students.
Prior to coming to KSU, she served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University, teaching research methods courses in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, program evaluation and assessment, working with students in the College Student Personnel Administration program, and advising doctoral students. Her research interests are in the area of teaching, learning, and advising in the first year of college, the impact of formative assessment techniques in the classroom, faculty & staff roles in the program assessment process, and the challenges and barriers for first generation students. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), with special emphases in both educational research and education law.