2014 Fall Conference

Advising Smarter: Theoretical Foundations & Practical Applications for Student Success

The Thirteenth Annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising is sponsored by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies, University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

Conference Details

Date: October 1, 2014

Time: 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Topic: Advising Smarter: Theoretical Foundations & Practical Applications for Student Success

How can advisers effectively teach students to plan and manage a successful college experience? What research, strategies, and best practices can advisers utilize to achieve the greatest efficacy in this work? Join us as presenters discuss and share valuable resources, theories, and experiences that will engage participants in both conversation and reflection as well as contribute to the body of knowledge encompassing academic advising in higher education.

Conference Schedule

8:30–8:45 a.m.
Robert Pangborn, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education
Penn State
8:45–9:15 a.m.
"A Conversation with the President"
Eric J. Barron, Ph.D.
Penn State

9:30–10:00 a.m.
Break (light breakfast buffet)

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Concurrent presentations

Lunch and keynote

11:30–1:15 p.m.

Noon–1:00 p.m.
"A New World of Jobs and Expectations: Professional Competencies,
Attitudes, and Behaviors for the Twenty-First Century"
Philip D. Gardner, Ph.D.
Director, Collegiate Employment Research Institute
Michigan State University


1:15–2:15 p.m.
Concurrent presentations

2:15–2:30 p.m.
Break (light snacks)

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent presentations

Session Topics

The value of self-reflection for students and advisers
Initiating and implementing an advising component in campus-wide retention plans
How adviser interconnections and networks enhance the student experience
Schlossberg's transition theory and Cross's discussion of student barriers
Group advising: Coping with load and repetition
Program-based advising from a distance
Postbaccalaureate degree programs
Foundations of intercultural advising
Customer service: A socially just approach to academic advising?
Changes to Pennsylvania teacher certification: Effects on advising
Implications of the first college math course for engineering students
Advising ROTC students: Planning forms and contract considerations