2018 DUS Conference

The DUS Conference|On Innovative Academic Advising
October 11, 2018
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

The Seventeenth Annual DUS Conference is provided by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies with sponsorship from the University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, and The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising.

Conference Details

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 

Purpose: The DUS Advising Conference seeks to showcase novel research and practices that contribute to the field of academic advising. To meet the changing needs of our students and to overcome the challenges facing higher education, academic advisers must examine and evolve their practice to incorporate new scholarship and innovative ideas. We invite you to reflect on advising practices and to contemplate new ways to enhance the advising experience for all students. We look forward to conversation that examines the field of advising and its future.


Registration is closed.


A guestroom block has been reserved at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. When reserving a room through the guestroom block, please reference GROUP CODE: ACAD18A.

The group rate is $118.00 per room. This rate does not apply to deluxe guestrooms and suites. This guestroom block rate expires Monday, September 10, 2018.

All individual reservation cancellations within 24 hours of arrival date are subject to a cancellation charge equivalent to one night stay.

If the Penn Stater is full, there are many other lodging options within the State College area including the Nittany Lion Inn located on the University Park campus.

Conference at a Glance



Event / Session

7:45 a.m. – noon

Registration Desk II


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Break areas


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Presidents Hall 1 & 2


Tanja St. Pierre, M.A., Conference Co-Chair

Courtney Karmelita, D.Ed., Conference Co-Chair

David R. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Advising and Executive Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Presidents Hall 1 & 2


Teaching and Advising are Social:  Developing Student Communication Skills for Success 

Nichola D. Gutgold, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Arts and Science at Penn State Lehigh Valley

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Break areas

Coffee, tea and morning snacks

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Senate 2&3

Concurrent Sessions #1

Career Conversations for Academic Advisers



Innovation in First Year Seminar



Everyone Wants to Study Abroad but Nobody Wants to Plan: Academic Integration of Study Abroad Programs



Effects of Granting Credit for Prior Learning



With Us, Not Against Us: Partnering with Parents for Student Success

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Break areas


11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Senate 2&3

Concurrent Sessions #2

Two All Beef Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato: How to "Build Your Own" Successful Peer Mentoring Program



Training for Adviser Success



Concept Mapping to Assess Learning Outcomes



Leveraging Collaborations: The Role of the University Libraries in Innovating Advising



Student-Mothers and Online Learning:  What Advisers Need to Know

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Deans Hall

Lunch (buffet)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Senate 2&3

Concurrent Session #3

Building a Healthy Advising Community One Wellness Dimension at a Time



Crash Course: Health Professions



Choosing the Right Sapphire: Hunting for Tomorrow's Gems Through an Emerging Student Leadership Program



The Advising Literature Review: Make It Systematic



An Online Course for Faculty Advisors: Demystifying the Art of Academic Advising

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break areas

Break: Light refreshments

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Senate 2&3

Concurrent Sessions #4

Enhancing Student Veteran Success through Effective Academic Partnerships



What's "Fair" Got to Do with It? Faculty Perceptions of Academic Integrity across the Penn State System



Building Connections Through Technology: Advising at a Distance



Using Prior Learning Pathways as Prerequisites: Student Success in Subsequent Courses



Out in STEM: Supporting Gender & Sexuality Diverse Students in STEM Majors


4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Presidents Hall 1

Conference Networking Reception

Cash Bar (ID required)



The DUS Conference now uses a journal management system to assist with our blind review process. To submit your proposal, you must create an account or sign-in as an existing user at the following site: 


When creating your account enroll user as “author.”

Once enrolled, select “New Submission” as shown below.


Then checkoff each item in the submission checklist.


Upload your proposal, which should include:

Title and Presentation Format (see formats below)

Presentation formats:

  • Lecture/Discussion: 60-minute session by one or two presenters addressing a specific topic related to the conference theme and inviting questions/comments from participants.
  • Panel: 60-minute session by a small group of presenters who discuss their topic from different perspectives and typically engage each other as well as invite audience participation/questions/comments. Lead presenters are responsible for recruiting additional members of their panels.
  • Workshop: 60-minute “how-to” sessions designed to address best practices, new techniques/ideas, and personal development. This format allows extra time for active participation of attendees. Workshops should be highly interactive.

Next, complete the author information.  On the same page copy and paste your title and abstract in the text box. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words.


Finish your submission. You will receive a confirmation email.

Please contact Courtney Karmelita (cec5032@psu.edu) with questions about the submission process.