Making Appreciative Advising Work: Culture, Climate and Conversion

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Making Appreciative Advising Work: Culture, Climate and Conversion
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Part two in the Appreciative Advising Webinar Series, 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 case load 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 positively impact the culture.

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.

Participants will:

  1. Begin to assess and evaluate their campus/office culture to support Appreciative Advising.
  2. Develop techniques and strategies to build an Appreciative Advising culture.
  3. Develop a plan to convert to Appreciative Advising that includes how to address advisors that might be reluctant to change.
  4. Apply the Appreciative model with advisors and faculty as a management style.
  5. Apply the Appreciative model to assess a campus/office wide retention effort to identify overlapping interventions and gaps to be closed.

Who should attend?
Academic advisors, advising administrators, student affairs professionals, Vice-Presidents of Student Affairs, student affairs leaders, University 101 instructors, University 101 coordinators, retention coordinators, academic coaching professionals, etc.

Who are the speakers?
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:
  • Improving College Access and Success for Students from Foster Care
  • Academic Recovery Program, NACADA 2007 Advising Special Populations Monograph
  • Peers as Navigators: From Orientation to Graduation and Beyond
  • Academic Recovery Program: Reaching and Involving Students on Probation
  • First-Generation College Student Advising
  • Diverse Probation Policies, Programs and Practice: A Multi-Institutional Perspective - The Art of Thinking Independently Together
  • Adult Learners: Under Construction
  • Intrusive Advising
  • A Cross-Institutional Framework to Help Focus Campus-Wide Retention Efforts
  • Teaching Technology Applied to Academic Advising: The New Paradigm
  • Adapting an Alcohol Intervention Framework to Help Focus Campus-Wide Retention Efforts

Marcia Smith is the Assistant Director & International Student Advisor for the Academic Advising Office at Miami University Hamilton where she has served since 2007and 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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