2016-2017 Advisors’ Forum
The Texas Tech University Advisors' Forum is designed to provide academic advisors with professional development opportunities facilitated by members of the Texas Tech advising community. The following sessions were approved by a selection committee comprised of advisors recognized by the University for advising excellence. If you have questions about the Advisors' Forum please contact Micah Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a session please select the Events tab on the TLPDC homepage or visit http://linser.ttu.edu/webapps/EventRegistration.
- Utilizing Current and Future Technology to Improve the Advising Process: The Registrar's
Brian Enderson, Steven Morales, Jonathan Duncan and Cat Massengale
Fri. October 14, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
This session will focus on systems that are housed in the Office of the Registrar that are utilized by the advising community. The presenters will provide a refresher on DegreeWorks and Ad Astra and the value of effective use of those systems. Attendees will also be given an overview of new and future technological advances that will both streamline the advising process and improve communication between campus offices and advisors.
- Student Entitlement and "Treatment"
Wed. October 19, 2:00 P.M-3:00 P.M, TLPDC 151
Best practices for preventing academic entitlement can be found in the literature; however, fewer studies identify dialogical strategies for confronting academic entitlement as it is expressed during faculty-student interactions. This presentation will introduce conversational strategies for overcoming academic entitlement and managing personal reactivity. Participant involvement and group work will be used to apply the presented concepts to examples of academic entitlement expressed by actual students. Session participants will be able to: 1) Recognize characteristics of academic entitlement that negatively impact student outcomes; 2) Apply dialogical strategies to address academic entitlement and increase students’ ability to accept feedback from others and 3) Reduce personal/faculty reactivity to student entitlement in order to facilitate appropriate engagement around the issue of entitlement.
- Working with and Advising Students with AD/HD
Katie Ericson, Taylor Fortney and Rachel Traxler
Wed. October 26, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) are pursuing higher education at an increased rate compared to previous years. This session will define AD/HD, review challenges and strengths of these students, discuss tips for success within an advising session, review case studies, and provide strategies for success for students with AD/HD within higher education.
- Effective Advisor-Advisee Communication Skills
Fri. October 28, 12:00 P.M-1:00 P.M,TLPDC 151
Academic advising is necessary for college student success and achievement (Kramer, 2003). Tinto (1987) found that interactions with undergraduate advisors have an impact on students’ satisfaction with the school’s retention rate. In addition, Ender (1994) discovered a significant relationship between students who had better undergraduate advisor relationships and higher retention rates. These session will teach basic and effective interpersonal communication styles to increase perceptions of satisfaction in advisor-advisee relationships. Specifically, I will emphasize nonverbal and verbal strategies to help advisors. This session will be very interactive!
- The Art of Explanation: Delivering Quality Service through our Conversations with
Erika Bowles and Tamara McClain
Mon. November 7, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M, TLPDC 153
George Bernard Shaw said “the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” How many of us wonder if our students even heard a word we said? Thus, wondering if Shaw is accurate in his statement. This presentation will introduce Lee LeFever’s “Art of Explanation” and discuss explanation as a form of service to our students. Through interactive activities and dialogue, we will explore how we can work to improve our explanation to better serve the students at Texas Tech.
- Advising First-Generation, Socioeconomically Limited Students
Sylvia T. Gonzales
Thur. November 17, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
First-Generation, Socioeconomically-Limited students have various external factors that influence their decision to not only attend, but remain in college long-term. External factors such as lack of transportation, limited parental support, limited or no financial resources, language barriers, and much more affect their choice in major and how they view the pursuit of higher education. Learn how to help them change and build new cognitive thinking and how you can adjust your advising sessions and conversations to be better suited to fit their needs.
- Athletic Academic Advising; Advising with a Twist
Rodney Lackey and Shelby Ball
Thur.December 1,3:00 P.M-4:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
Our session will cover PTD requirements, NCAA regulations/restrictions, the role of athletic academic advisors and how we differ from major advisors, a day in the life of a student-athlete, and resources available to student-athletes
- Busting Burnout: Advisors Learning to Flourish
Mon. December 5, 12:00 P.M-1:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
You're an advisor and you do it all. You deserve a medal, a raise, and a vacation for your work in the trenches of student development and retention. There are days when you might be thinking becoming a professional in higher education was a poor life choice, but take heart! Together we will explore strategies that enable you to flourish despite larger caseloads, lack of financial support, disillusionment, and dissatisfaction. An examination of case studies will help us understand the roots of advisor burnout and develop strategies for holistic advisor development. We will begin creating a 'well-being' professional development plan to help you bust burnout. Don't miss out on this opportunity to reduce your stress and renew your zest for advising and promoting student success. Learn to flourish!
- Where Can I Go to Find Information About my Transfer Students?
Thur. December 8, 10:00 A.M -11:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
During the past 5 years I have worked in the Community College and Transfer office as a Senior Academic Advisor. During this time I have answered many questions about student transcripts and how do I know that a course is core that is not coded as core in Banner. I have had Advisors call me needing information on where to find a student’s official transcripts. I have also provided information to advisors on what they need to help their students receive credit for their courses and other questions.
- Empowering Advising
Tues. January 10, 3:00 P.M-4:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
Contrary to the common view of research to identify problems, positive psychology posits that there is another approach, which is to identify what is going right and then seek to apply those principles in similar situations. In this workshop I present two concepts of positive psychology that enhance advising practices. First, I will lead a discussion on virtuousness, or the best of the human condition. In this discussion I will help participants define “the ideal advising experience” for both the advisor and the student. Second, I present the five dimensions of empowerment and lead a discussion on what empowerment means.
- Advising Students with Disabilities
Thur. January 19, 12:00 P.M-1:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
This presentation will focus on general information that would benefit advisors when working with Student Disability Services (SDS) students. For instance, SDS students are given priority registration after being with our department for a full semester. Therefore, this presentation would inform advisors of ways in which they could use this information when helping students register for classes. For example, what type of schedule would benefit a student with a chronic illness vs. a student with a learning disability? Some of the topics that will be discussed will include class size, time between classes, pros and cons of back-to-back class scheduling, and course load. Additionally, general information about various accommodations will be presented as well as what to do when a student discloses a disability to an advisor and isn’t registered with our office.
- Comprehensive Transfer Student Services
Mon. January 23, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
As a result of attending two wonderful conferences over the past summer, I have had the opportunity to learn how other institutions are meeting the needs of transfer students across the nation. How can advisors and Texas Tech as a whole collaborate to meet the ever increasing transfer student population’s needs? How can the Office of Community College and Transfer Relations further join forces with Colleges and Departments to ensure that no transfer student slips through the cracks? I have a few ideas, let’s go over them together, discuss, and learn from each other’s needs, wants, and ideas for our great transfer student population.
- Discovery!: Navigating Conversations with Exploring/Uncertain Students
Ali Joy Luempert
Wed. February 1, 11:00 A.M-12:00 P.M, TLPDC 153
There is no easy way to have hard conversations, especially with students who are uncertain or in need of an alternative major. However, these students often need help navigating their path! Every conversation is contextual, but there are some overarching ideas that can help advisors to better serve students, regardless of where they are and where they are going! The Discovery! process helps each of our students develop a path to success in their education and future.
- Lights, Camera, Advise
Connie Watson and Samuel Hill
Tues. February 7, 2:00 P.M-3:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
As we continue to work to create both a welcoming and uplifting student experience, sometimes advisors must find ways to engage students on many levels. At times, we call upon certain levels of showmanship as we explore the different “acts” of student development. Each appointment with a student can require us to wear multiple masks to perform various numbers in order to facilitate growth, foster actualization, and promote connection.
- Oh, the Students You'll Inspire! Building a Positive, Engaging Environment for Students
Taylor Fidler, Rachel Onishi and Lauren Matthys
February 15, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M, TLPDC 153
This session will focus on strategies when engaging students and provide resources to create a positive and successful environment with students.
- Five Steps to Becoming a Better Faculty Advisor
Cindy Akers and Savannah Chambers
Fri. February 24, 12:00 P.M-1:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources is the only college on campus that still completely relies on faculty advising. While faculty advising does have its challenges, we believe this is an influential part of our college that contributes to our student success and retention. Due to the varying demands of faculty that are not just limited to advising, we have developed a five step process that aides in helping our faculty members be more effective advisors. It is important that faculty advisors know and complete the five steps to create efficient advising sessions.
- MVP Green Zone Module V: Advising Veterans
Wed. March 1, 2:00 P.M-3:00 P.M, TLPDC 153
Background and prerequisite: The TTU MVP Green Zone Program is designed to assist faculty and staff to better serve student veterans and their family members on campus. . All attendees must first attend Green Zone Module I: Core Training. Attendees in this module will learn about transition issues which veterans face as they transition out of the service and into the university environment, Texas Tech's population of veteran students, and on/off campus resources. This Green Zone module I must be taken before subsequent training modules can be scheduled. Other modules include: Understanding Benefits, Mental Health, Disability Support Services, Advising Veterans, and Hiring Veterans.
- "Steps to Success": Incentivizing Success through Student Support Services
Kate St. Clair and Bonnie Cordell
Wed. March 8, 12:00 P.M-1:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
Texas Tech University invests in creating a learning environment rich with campus resources to help students achieve academic and personal goals. Research suggests that students who utilize available resources are more likely to succeed, but how can advisors encourage students to utilize them? Programs for Academic Development and Retention and Texas Success Initiative have collaborated to create an incentive program that encourages students to take an active role in their success. This presentation will identify the common roadblocks to student success, explain the program developed in SOAR, and start a conversation about methods to encourage student engagement with campus resources.
- Let the University Career Center Make Your Job Easier
Fri. March 24, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
The University Career Center has many resources for students and alumni. One of our most important services is career exploration that also helps narrow students’ choices for an appropriate major. The decision to choose or change a major can be daunting due to external and internal pressures to stick with a major they do not enjoy and in which they are not successful. Our objective is to help students choose a major that effectively incorporates their interests, talents, and marketable skills. The Career Center has trained counselors, assessments, and on-line resources that can make this daunting process a little easier.
- Understanding Cultural Formation Makes Advising Millennials More Effective and Rewarding
Tues. March 28, 12:00 P.M-1:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
Each generation has its own set of unique quirks which sets it apart from other generations; Millennials are no exception. Advising this cohort of students offers both challenges and rewards. Examining the time period into which this generation was born and the culture which has helped form them has led to useful insights and forming practical techniques for advising this fascinating generational group. Experience has borne out much of what the literature describes, thus has promoted a better understanding of this group with more effective advising practices.
- Creating a Professional Identity – By Design, Not Default
Mon. April 3, 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M, TLPDC 153
Advisors are engaged in dialogue about what it means to have a profession of advising and what it means to be a “professional” in the field. When individuals become mindful and begin to design their professional identity, they create new opportunities and purposeful pathways that lead to greater productivity and fulfillment. Participants will consider the development of their professional identity through activities and discussion – taking stock of priorities, talents, and habits; considering how TTU/NACADA can contribute to their professional identities; and designing their own professional identity plan.
- Advising TSI Students: What Advisors Need to Know about the Texas Success Initiative
Bonnie Cordell, Serena Sosa and Ashley Ross
Wed. April 12, 11:00 A.M-12:00 A.M,TLPDC 153
Advising a Texas Success Initiative student can be challenging: students and parents want answers to specific questions about TSI policies and course restrictions can limit available courses. This presentation will provide an overview of TSI requirements with emphasis on the practical implications of TSI status on advising. This presentation will equip advisors to answer frequently asked questions from parents and students about TSI, including, “Why does my student have to take TSI?”, “Why do I have a TSI hold?”, and “What courses can I take?” TSI Advisors will finish the presentation by answering advisors’ questions about TSI.
- All I Really Need to Know about Advising Theory, I Learned from Star Wars
Thur. April 27, 3:30 P.M-5:00 P.M,TLPDC 153
It's an exciting time for academic advisors! It's also an exciting time for Star Wars fans! You probably never thought those worlds would ever collide, but in this super nerdy presentation they will! Drake, Jordan, and Miller's “Academic Advising Approaches” was a recent big-ticket blockbuster and something every advisor should experience. We’ll draw from that Galaxy Far, Far Away to relate scenes, characters, and concepts from the epic saga to the advising theories presented in the text. Make the jump to light speed in your advising practice, trust your feelings, and join the dork side!