Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Region 2 Ambassador Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Region 2 Ambassador Scholarship!
These scholarships are awarded to individuals who embrace the values of NACADA and seek to become more involved in NACADA leadership. The scholarship covers Region 2 conference registration, an annual membership, and up to $500 in travel expenses. After the conference, awardees will be encouraged to work with their state liaisons to serve as ambassadors to NACADA at their institution and possibly the surrounding area, encouraging membership and participation in the organization. 

Read on to learn more about our winners!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Featured Region 2 Preconference Sessions

Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 2 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held on the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please use this form.

We hope you will consider attending one of the following new preconference workshops debuting at this year's regional conference:

P6. Understanding Privilege within the Context of Advising Relationships
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:00-4:50pm
Quentin Alexander, Longwood University
Marcus Ware, George Washington University

Often we unintentionally approach advising from a worldview different than that of our students. Being “culturally competent” often means advisors understand visible identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender) of advisees, and how these identities impact the advising relationship. Research indicates that an invisible construct, privilege, defined as a special right or advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people (McIntosh, 1988), is often more of a barrier than cultural incompetence in advising relationships.

Through participant discussion and involvement in experiential activities, this workshop seeks to bring awareness about privilege, and how advisees might experience privilege within the context of advising relationships. By understanding privilege, we might understand how it impacts our advisees. This knowledge can help us be culturally sensitive in advising relationships.

P5. Engagement, Thankfulness, and Communication: The Key to Becoming a Great Higher Education Leader
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:00-4:50pm
Dawn Coder, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus
John Carter, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Employee engagement and appreciation are essential to employee morale, positive team environments, and successful leadership. Academic Advisers want to provide feedback, share ideas to improve work efficiency, be acknowledged for the outstanding work they do and to share innovative ideas to better serve students. In this presentation, examples will be shared with you of the intentional methods created, by leadership, to gain feedback, give important business updates, show appreciation and to improve work processes. Some have been very successful, and some not as effective. The key is to identify which methods to continue and which to discontinue.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018 Western PA Drive-in Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the 2018 Western Pennsylvania Drive-In is now open! Click here to learn more about submitting a proposal. Proposals should be submitted to by Friday, March 23. 

Register for the drive-in by March 1, 2018 to be included in a prize drawing!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

See you at the DC Drive-in!

We're excited to see many of you at the DC NACADA Drive-In at American University on February 16, 2018! The drive-in is a one-day conference that allows higher education professionals to network with colleagues from other institutions and provides the opportunity to learn about important issues and the newest trends in academic advising.

The conference is at full capacity, but you can join the waitlist at

The drive-in will be located in the Butler Pavilion at AU's main campus. Check out the campus map at

Parking is not included. AU is located near the Tenleytown-AU metro stop on the Red line. From the station, you can take the complementary AU shuttle located on the corner of 40th St. NW and Ablemarle St. NW in front of the Whole Foods.

Getting to AU:

DC Drive-In Schedule

9-9:45am - Registration/Check In

10-10:15am - Welcome

10:15-11:15am - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ken Baron, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising &
Student Success, UMBC (see bio below)

11:30am-12:15pm - Concurrent Session 1

12:30-1:15pm - Lunch & Networking

1:30-2:15pm - Concurrent Session 2

2:30-3:15pm - Concurrent Session 3

3:15-3:30 - Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ken Baron
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Ken Baron is currently Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising and Student Success at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is in his 11th year of service at UMBC where he leads and manages academic advising practices as both an administrator and a practitioner. Before coming to UMBC, Dr. Baron held diverse leadership positions at a variety of institutions including: Emory University, The College of New Jersey, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the American InterContinental University in London. Dr. Baron received his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his PhD from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England where his graduate study and research was supported by a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Dr. Baron also holds four professional counseling certifications sponsored by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCEE). In 2017 he received special recognition by NBCC for Outstanding Merit in Continuing Education Activities.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NACADA Region 2 Mentor Program is now accepting applications!!!

The following post was written by Jonathan May, Region 2 Membership and Mentor Coordinator.

Each year over two dozen academic advisors take part in the Region 2 Mentor Program. This is a program that requires very little effort for the invaluable experience you will receive in return. Whether you would like to apply as a mentor or a mentee, you will feel the rewards of this program.

What is the commitment? What you decide to put into this program is what will determine the amount of time involved. Each mentor/mentee pairing is highly encouraged to connect as frequently as possible. As program coordinator, I will on occasion check in to see how your relationships are developing. I will also connect you to some of the latest research being discussed within higher education as a way to continue to foster the discussions that will take place between mentors and mentees.

As a mentee, you have the opportunity to turn to your mentor to discuss challenges you may be experiencing in the workplace, or receive help in developing a plan that will lead to reaching long term professional goals.

Each individual interested in this program needs to think about where they are in their profession as a way to determine if you are someone with a myriad of experience who would like to give back to this organization by serving as a mentor, or if you are new or transitioning within the field of academic advising and know you could benefit from the support of a mentor by applying to be a mentee.

I would also like to mention that we always tend to receive more mentee applications than mentor applications, so I am putting out a big push to strongly encourage more and more of you to apply to be a mentor. I know we have a lot of seasoned advisors out there that can provide amazing support to those of us who are new to academic advising.

Please click on one of the following links to submit your application today. Applications must be received by March 9, 2018. Applicants selected for the program will be notified via email March 16, 2018. As part of being selected to participate in the Mentor Program you must attend the 2018 Region 2 Conference, March 21-23.

Mentor Application

Mentee Application

Jonathan May
NACADA Region 2 Mentor Program Coordinator

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Proposals Recap and YouTube Launch!

Thanks to the nearly 20 attendees who joined us last week for our proposals webinar! Special thanks to Gavin Farber, Proposals Chair, and Andrew Millin, Selection Chair, for their insights on submitting for the 2018 Regional Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

Here are a few highlights from our discussion:

  • We each have something unique to offer, especially within the theme of "Big Ideas Start Small". What's going on in your office or institution that is breaking our normal boundaries or thinking outside of the box? Those are the types of proposals we're seeking.
  • You are able to select multiple formats for concurrent sessions. When selecting possible formats, think about your own personal style of presenting and the types interactions you're looking to have with colleagues. Be open to new formats you haven't used before, too!
  • Don’t be afraid to look into areas that haven’t been explored before. It doesn’t have to be a fully formed idea! Where did you start, how far are you in the process, what still needs to be done?
  • Make sure your proposal(s) are well-written and clear. We want to see that you've put time and care into your proposal.
  • Is it your first time presenting? Work with colleagues on your campus or elsewhere, do a panel! It allows you to get more input and various perspectives, and to show how what’s happening on your campus can be expanded and applied in other contexts.
  • Note in your proposal if you think the topic would fit into a specific track.
  • Help the proposal readers understand what you’ll be doing with the 50 minutes of your presentation. What is the journey of your presentation? What will the experience be for your participants? Even a breakdown of time spent on each topic or activity will be helpful.
  • You may be contacted to combine your proposal with another submission on a similar topic. This can be a fantastic opportunity to team with new colleagues.
  • If you submit multiple proposals and multiple are selected, you have the opportunity to decline giving the multiple presentations. Don't feel obligated to do it all. 

This is also the official launch of our NACADA Region 2 YouTube channel! All of our previous recorded webinars are available there, including our session on proposal writing and submission. Visit the NACADA Region 2 YouTube channel to tune in!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Submitting a Proposal for the 2018 Regional Conference: A Step by Step Guide (and events, too!)

The following post was written by Gavin Farber, 2018 Region 2 Conference Proposals Chair and Academic Advisor, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University

Writing a proposal for a NACADA Regional Conference can be a rewarding experience. It allows members to reflect on their practice and how their experiences could positively impact our community. Think about your unique skill sets - is there something you might like to present with the advising membership?

If you haven’t written a proposal before, that’s okay.

Region 2’s got you covered. A Proposal Writing Webinar will be presented by Gavin Farber, 2018 Proposals Chair, and Andrew Millin, 2018 Selection Chair, on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Gavin and Andrew, along with other key players in the 2018 Regional Conferece, will answer any questions you might have about this process. Please RSVP to the Facebook event. The video will be posted on our blog after the session as well.

If you are looking to extend the conversation later that day, join us for a Proposals Meet & Greet at the City Tap House University City in Philadelphia, PA from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Please RSVP on Facebook!

Look over these step-by-step tips that make the process easy and painless.

1. Be aware of the deadline dates and give yourself plenty of time write and revise your proposal. There is nothing worse than having a great proposal and submitting a day late.

2. Know the formats being offered:

Pre-Conference Workshops are 2-5 hours in length. Presenters should plan for lecture, small and large group activities. Should be hands-on and issue specific. (Deadline is December 1, 2017.)

Concurrent sessions (Paper or topics presentations) discuss current issues in advising. They normally 60 minutes in length (with some of that time allotted for Q&A) and make up the main conference schedule.

Roundtable discussions present enough on a topic being debated in the profession to spark the conversation. Facilitate the conversation to allow for varied ideas and positions to emerge. The goal here is not consensus, but dialogue.

Panel discussions are designed to explain and involve various presenters from different institutions looking at the same topics from different angles.

Poster sessions allow you to present your idea in a poster-format and lets conference participants to ask questions.

(Deadline for all Concurrent, Roundtable, Panel and Poster Sessions will be January 2, 2018).

3. Know your audience and who is attending the conference. From graduate students through administration, know whom you would like to speak and target your proposal to appeal to that population. (I.e. NACADA’s Advising Communities).

4. Develop your presentation from the inside out. What do you want people to understand, consider, debate and think about at the end of your presentation?

5. Know the rubric upon which your proposal will be evaluated: (graded 1-5)

a. Interest – Would there be a high level of interest in the program?
b. Application – Would these ideas be adaptable to other institutions?
c. Clarity – Are the abstract and the purpose of the program well-articulated?
d. Creativity – With this topic introduce new ideas, approaches, or concepts?
e. Relevance – Is the topic relevant to current topic issues?
f. Research – Grounded in research where applicable.

6. Diversity – NACADA brings together people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Be sure that your proposal recognizes our differences while addressing common issues.

7. Show your passion and energy around the topic. Make sure your abstract reflects the importance of this topic and the impact it has on student success. An abstract is less than 130 words to summarize your proposal. This would be the description printed the conference publication.

8. Be clear with your outcomes. Let people know what they will take away from your presentation.

9. Use more than one presentation strategy. Many of us want to be active learners and offer our insights when given the opportunity.

10. Be proud of your scholarship. Whether you are applying a colleague’s research and sharing the programmatic results, or conducting the research personally, be proud of the work that you have completed and know that your friends in NACADA are anxious to support you in your work.

Writing a regional conference proposal can lead to new professional opportunities to present and share your thoughts with the NACADA community. Think about how this experience might follow in your professional goals. Your presentation could assist in offering a new dialogue within our learning community and lead us to a better understanding of the critical issues affecting our students.