College Academic Advisors Present Research at Conferences
Three academic advisors in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) recently presented sessions at the Northeast Ohio Academic Advising Conference.
Michael Bell and Amanda Leu, advisors in the School of Communication Studies, presented on professional development for academic advisors, particularly the Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP).
“This is an individualized plan for advisors and other academic professionals to be able to mix their personal goals with the organizational goals their supervisors have for them within the units,” Bell said.
Developed from K-12 education, Bell adapted the IPDP for higher education. It is now used by all academic advisors in CCI. He said that the IPDP holds these academic advisors more accountable for reaching the goals they set for themselves.
Leu said because the IPDP is focused on collaboration between the advisor and the supervisor, the topic was perfect for the conference, which had the theme of “The Art of Collaboration” this year.
“The whole spin we had on our proposal is how to collaborate within your office: how an advisor can collaborate with a supervisor to build this IPDP and combine those personal goals and professional goals,” Leu said.
Chris Venable, an academic advisor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who uses they/them pronouns, presented on the importance of engaging in scholarly writing and research as academic advisors.
“The field of academic advising is in dire need of additional scholarship to help support what it means to be a ‘good advisor’ and even, ‘What is advising?’” Venable said. “Writing is something that I love, and the session [aimed] to help others engage in scholarly writing for blogs, academic journals and other publications.”
Venable will present on a similar topic with a colleague from Washington State University at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference in October.
Venable had an additional proposal accepted for the NACADA Annual Conference, so they will also co-present with a colleague from Niagara University about “the effects of social media activism on students and how academic advisors can help support students.”
“This was inspired by many of the protests and acts of activism connected with social media across the country that have happened lately, including Concerned Student 1950, #RockChalkInvisibleHawk and others,” Venable said. “We hope to talk about some of the effects of this activism on campus climate and what academic advisors can do to engage with students and support those who are feeling burnt out by the work of activism.”