2016 Fall Conference

Transitions: Energizing Advising and Student Communities for Change
September 30, 2016
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

The Fifteenth 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: Friday, September 30, 2016

Time: 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 

Topic: Transitions: Energizing Advising and Student Communities for Change

Transition is part of life and learning and moving forward. It can be energizing and exciting but also daunting and challenging. How can academic advisers help students as they transition to college from high school, work, military service, different countries or cultures and go on to experience all that college has to offer? What about our students coping with learning disabilities or the stressors of personal issues or health conditions? How can we as professionals guide students while staying focused and effective ourselves in the midst of changing advising systems, tools, and views on the philosophy and scope of our field? Join us as we welcome presenters with research and best practices to share; come to learn and contribute to an important discussion.    


Image of Charlie NuttCharlie L. Nutt was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Academic Advising Association in October 2007.  Prior to this he served as the Associate Director of the Association for five years.  Additionally, he was also Vice President for Student Development Services at Coastal Georgia Community College for nine years and Assistant Professor of English/Director of Advisement and Orientation for six years.  He received his A.A. from Brunswick College, B.S.Ed. from the University of Georgia, M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.

Nutt has had vast experience in education.  In addition to his fifteen years as a teacher and administrator at Coastal Georgia Community College, he has taught English in grades 9-12, served as a department chair and assistant principal in a high school, served as Director of Development and Admission at a private K-12 institution.   Presently, he teaches graduate courses in the College of Education in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He has also been instrumental in the development of the NACADA/K-State graduate certificate in academic advising and several other NACADA professional development initiatives, NACADA’s Global Initiatives and the creation of the Center for Research and Excellence in Academic Advising and Student Success to open at Kansas State University in 2017.

View Charlie Nutt's keynote presentation.

Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is available online.

Other Questions?

Contact Dr. Carolyn Jensen, Conference Committee Chair, at cjj7@psu.edu or 814-863-3889.