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This webinar will address the issues that arise as the Appreciative Advising model is implemented. We will discuss the real and imagined roadblocks to using Appreciative Advising as an advisor and as a staff. For example, “As an advisor, I am already responsible for a caseload of 400 students, how can I possibly do this on top of my current duties?” or “I manage an advising staff who has been advising for years and the staff members already think they know all the answers and, therefore, are very resistant to change. How do I get them on board?” or “I work with faculty advisors who have little or no formal training in this stuff, how do I motivate them to use this?” The webinar will provide participants with specific ideas to assess your campus/office culture. We will use those shared beliefs to build a climate to nourish and grow the mindset of Appreciative Advising and in so doing, answer the concerns mentioned above. An Appreciative Advising syllabus will be shared and discussed as one tool to impact the culture positively.
Participants will hear directly from several advisors, including a faculty advisor, about how they feel about Appreciative Advising and the conversion process to this powerful approach. An Academic Recovery Program built on the strengths-based approach of Appreciative Advising will be shared, including how to use the Appreciative Advising Inventory with probation students as a retention tool. And finally, a gap analysis for a comprehensive retention framework will be shared as an example to show how Appreciative Advising fits into the “bigger picture” of an institution’s efforts.
Joe Murray has served as the Director of Academic Advising and Retention Services at Miami University’s Hamilton Campus since 1992. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management degrees from Purdue University. He has helped to develop and refine the Appreciative Advising Inventory and been part of a national taskforce aimed at advancing the concept of Appreciative Advising.
Joe works tirelessly to help students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. He has impacted new legislation to change Ohio laws and operating policies to increase access to higher education for Ohio’s Lower Income/Disadvantaged Youth and Foster Care Alumni and works with other states to do the same. He serves as the Co-Chair of the First-Generation College Student Interest Group for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). He has presented numerous times at both NACADA and NASPA on topics such as:
Marcia Smith is the Assistant Director & International Student Advisor for the Academic Advising Office at Miami University Hamilton where she has served since 2007 and used the Appreciative Advising model since 2008. Marcia earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a double major in Spanish and Communication and a M.S. from Miami University in College Student Personnel. She is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer (Western Russia) and has experience working for Study Abroad, Orientation, and Residence Life at several universities. Marcia is an instructor for Interpersonal Communication at Miami University Hamilton and co-Chair of the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) First Generation College Student Interest Group.
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