Texas Tech University

Erin Justyna, M.A., Ph.D.

Director
Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement

Email: erin.justyna@ttu.edu

Erin Justyna is originally from Columbus, Nebraska and has been a part of the Texas Tech University (TTU) family for more than 20 years. Erin currently directs the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement. In addition to her work with the Center, Erin's experience in higher education includes advising students with disabilities, teaching and mentoring students returning from probation and suspension, and promoting and facilitating advisor training and professional development.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instruction from TTU.  Her research interests include the role of creativity in learning & curriculum, design of curriculum and instruction, and the role of professional mentoring. Erin's presentations, invited talks, and publications have focused on a variety of topics centered around higher education, including creativity in teaching, professional identity, workplace culture, and mentorship. She has been an active member of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising for more than a decade and currently serves on the NACADA Board of Directors.

Headshot - Erin Justyna

Professional Memberships

  • NACADA - The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Professional Presentations & Publications

  • Farr, T., Hitchcock, T., Joslin, J., & Justyna, E. Using the Academic Advising Core Competencies Model to Create an Action Plan for Professional Growth and Development (Webinar). NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association. Scheduled May 9, 2018.
  • Keep the Cape. Invited speaker. Texas Women in Higher Education Regional Conference. Lubbock, TX. March 2018.
  • Creating a professional identity – by design, not default. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association Region VII Conference. Little Rock, AR. February 2018.
  • Griffin, P., Olivares, C., Justyna, E., Hapes, R., & Nelson, M.Becoming the Future of Advising: Diversity in NACADA Leadership. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association Region VII Conference. Little Rock, AR. February 2018.
  • Hapes, R., Justyna, E., Nelson, M., & Regalado, J. Finding your gateway into NACADA Leadership. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association Region VII Conference. Little Rock, AR. February 2018.
  • Creating a professional identity – by design, not default. Invited speaker. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing Staff Council Retreat. Lubbock, TX. February 2018.
  • Creating a professional identity – by design, not default. Invited speaker. Texas Tech University Staff Senate Leadership Conference. Lubbock, TX. January 2018.
  • Farr, T., Hitchcock, T., Joslin, J., & Justyna, E. Creating Your Advising Identity: Using the New Core Competencies as a Foundation for Your Advising Growth and Development (Pre-conference workshop). NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO. October 11, 2017.
  • Farr, T. & Cunningham, L. (2017) NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Guide. (Contributor). NACADA Pocket Guide series. Manhattan, KS: NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.
  • Justyna, E. & Laugher, L. Building Advisor Competency: Facing Fear and Creating our Best Professional Selves (Webinar). NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association. September 12. 2017. 
  • Creating a professional identity – by design, not default. Keynote Address. Washington State University Advisors Forum. Pullman, WA. February 2017.
  • Justyna, E. (2016). On Being an Advising Professional.Academic Advising Today: Voices of the Global Community.
  • Justyna, E. Becoming the future of Advising: Diversity in NACADA leadership. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2016.
  • Justyna, E. Creating a professional identity – by design, not default. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2016.
  • Justyna, E. Get Engaged in the Association - Let's Talk Involvement! NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Leadership Webinar. Scheduled September 2016. 
  • Justyna, E. The Brand Gap: Developing Your Professional Identity. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. Student Affairs Professional Development Event. Lubbock, TX. July 2015.
  • Agnello, M., Justyna, E., & Thomas, J. Applying Dewey across contexts. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI. January 2015.
  • Justyna, E. Creativity in the Curriculum. TEACH Talk Series. Texas Tech University. Lubbock, TX. November 2014. 
  • Justyna, E. & Cofer, R. Ultimate Motivators: Transforming Our Work through a Culture of Autonomy and Creativity. National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. October 2014. 
  • Justyna, E. (2014). NACADA Emerging Leaders Program: Learning to Be Mentored.Academic Advising Today: Voices of the Global Community, 37(3).
  • Justyna, E. (2014). Developing A Professional Identity. Academic Advising Today: Voices of the Global Community, 31(1).
  • Designing Excellence. Keynote Address. University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 1st Annual Academic Advising Conference. Lincoln, NE. February 2014.
  • Ten Must Have Tips for New Advisors. University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 1st Annual Academic Advising Conference. Lincoln, NE. February 2014.
  • B1G Brand: Developing Yourself as a Professional. University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 1st Annual Academic Advising Conference. Lincoln, NE. February 2014.
  • Pasquini, L., Taylor, A., & Justyna, E. #AltProDev Using Technology in Training: Informal Learning & Communities of Practice for Advising. National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. October 2013.
  • The Brand Gap: Developing Your Professional Identity. National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. October 2013.
  • Craddock, S., Johnson, M., Justyna, E., & Pasquini, L. How To Hack Your PhD: Being a Doctoral Student & Academic Advisor. National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. October 2013
  • Justyna, E. (2013). Book Review-Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. NACADA e-Journal 34(1). 
  • The Brand Gap: Developing Your Professional Identity. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. Student Affairs Retreat. Lubbock, TX. August 2013.
  • Advising as Teaching: Engaging Students in the Curriculum. Texas Tech University. Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference. Lubbock, TX. February 2013.
  • The Brand Gap: Developing Your Professional Identity. National Academic Advising Association: Region VII Conference. San Antonio, TX. February 2013.
  • Cunningham, L., Vickers, N., Pollard, C., Regalado, J.P., & Justyna, E. Advisors, Take the Ride of Your Life Through the NACADA Emerging Leader Program. National Academic Advising Association. Region VII Conference. San Antonio, TX. February 2013.
  • Developing the Professional Identity of Advisors. Texas Tech University. Committee for Academic Advising and Retention: Advising Roundtable. Lubbock, TX. November 2012.
  • Tips & Tools for the New Advisor. Texas Tech University. Committee for Academic Advising and Retention: Advisor Training. Lubbock, TX. October 2012.
  • Justyna, E. & Cofer, R. Getting to the Heart of Advising: Ten Must Have Tips for the New Academic Advisor.National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Denver, CO. October 2011.
  • Shelter from the Storm: Using Strengths When Advising Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders. National Academic Advising Association. Region VII Conference. Oklahoma City, OK. February 2011.
  • Justyna, E. & Cofer, R. Removing the Fear Factor from Advising Students with Disabilities. National Academic Advising Association. Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. October 2010.
  • Justyna, E. & Cofer, R. (2010). Ten must have tips for new (and not so new) advisors. Academic Advising Today, 33(1). 

Teaching Experience

Discussion Instructor, MCOM 2310: Business and Professional Communication. College of Media and Communication. Texas Tech University. Lubbock, Texas. August 2016-present. 

Instructor-IS 1101: Academic Coaching for Student Success. Undergraduate Education. Texas Tech University. Lubbock, Texas. October 2016-2017. 

Instructor-XL 0201: Strategies for Learning. August 2010-December 2011. Support Operations for Academic Retention, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Professional Service

  • Chair, TTU Communication Advisory Committee (2017-present)
  • TTU Committee on Academic Advising, Retention, and Success (2012-present)
    • Advising Workgroup (2016-present)
    • Professional Development Subcommittee (2012-2014)
  • Board of Directors, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Council (2017-2020)
    • Vice President (2018-2019)
  • Council - Commission and Interest Group Division Representative, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising  (2015-2017)
  • Dr. Sarah Kulkofsky Scholarship Selection Committee (2013-2017)
  • Review Team, Academic Advising Today, National Academic Advising Association(2014-2017)
  • Professional Development Committee, National Academic Advising Association (2014-2017)
  • Review committee, President's Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Reviewer, American College Personnel Association Annual Convention (2014-2016)
  • Academic Advising Consultant and Speaker Service, National Academic Advising Association (2014-2016)
  • 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Reclassification Committee (2014, 2015)
  • Emerging Leaders Program Selection Committee, National Academic Advising Association (2014, 2015)
  • Social Media Team, TEDx Texas Tech University (2013-2014)
  • 2015-2020 Quality Enhancement Plan Development Committee, Texas Tech University (2013-2015)
    • Constituent Identification Task Force
  • Strategic Planning Priority Committee, Priority 2: Strengthen Academic Quality and Reputation, Texas Tech University (2013)
  • 2015-2020 Quality Enhancement Plan Topic Selection Committee Membership, Texas Tech University (2013)
  • ePortfolio Task Force, Texas Tech University (2013)
  • Administrators' Institute Advisory Board, National Academic Advising Association (2013-2015)
  • Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, National Academic Advising Association (2013-2015)
  • Service to the Commission and Interest Group Division Award Task Force, National Academic Advising Association (2013)
  • Cluster Chair/Reader, National Academic Advising Association National Awards Program (2013)
  • Reviewer, National Academic Advising Association Region VII Conference (2012, 2013)
  • Steering Committee and Region VII Representative, Advisor Training and Development Commission, National Academic Advising Association (2012, 2013)
  • Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Social Media Committee (2012, 2013)
  • Student Organization Advisor, Texas Tech Wakeboard and Waterski Team (2012, 2013)
  • Reviewer, National Academic Advising Association International Conference (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Emerging Leader, Emerging Leaders Program, National Academic Advising Association (2012-2014)
  • Commission and Interest Group Division Steering Committee, National Academic Advising Association (2012-2014)
  • Campaign Coordinator, State Employee Charitable Campaign (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Reviewer, Disabilities Services Standards, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (2012)
  • Reviewer, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Annual Conference (2011)
  • Chair, Advising Students with Disabilities Commission, National Academic Advising Association (2010-2012)
  • Diversity Committee, National Academic Advising Association (2010-2012)