A conversation with Dan Turner & friends about the IUB 2030 Strategic Plan
Tree Suites Hallway
Sassafras/Zoom Room A:FROM JUNIOR DIVISION TO UNIVERSITY DIVISION: CONSTRUCTING HISTORICAL NARRATIVES OF ACADEMIC ADVISING AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY
WOJCIECH BEŁTKIEWICZ / Associate Academic Advisor, University Division
In response to the political, economic as well as demographic changes taking place within American society in the 1930s, the trustees of Indiana University sought to create mechanisms to not only ease the transition between students completing high school and entering their first year at a big public university, but to make a university education more equitably accessible to Indiana residents throughout the state. This initiative eventually resulted in the creation of Junior Division, the immediate predecessor of IU’s University Division at Indiana University Bloomington.
Using primary source documents available at IU Archives, this research project lays out a microhistory of a foundational advising institution at Indiana University: Junior Division, with its progressive evolution from a semi-formal group of instructor-counsellors, to a modern, professionalized advising unit known today at University Division. It likewise intends to couch this microhistory in a broader historical narrative of institutionalized academic advising that originated with the paedagogi at Europe’s great medieval universities. A progressive wave of administrative specialization at European, and later American universities, eventually culminated in a dedicated, professionalized academic advising corps that is today synonymous with modern academic advising. Just as the very origins of academic advising were a response to changes in broader society, so too will this project demonstrate that the establishment and evolution of academic advising at Indiana University was a response to key historical events: The Great Depression, The New Deal, World War II, The Civil Rights Movement and a spate of social legislation known as The Great Society. Starting in the late 1930s, the purpose of Junior Division continuously evolved from easing the transition between high school and college, to serving broader and increasingly diverse demographics, for whom higher education was all but inaccessible mere decades earlier.
Additionally, this project intends to evaluate the processes and challenges a historian faces in drawing up narratives of academic advising. This examination begins with an outline of the primary source base available at IU Archives, indicating the biases of archival materials that were created and curated by university elites, taking stock of institutional silences, with recommendations how these deficiencies can be remedied in future historical narratives of academic advising.
Lastly, it intends to demonstrate that historical narratives of our profession are fundamental to understanding how modern academic advising came to be, how it evolved in reaction to changing circumstances, and perhaps most importantly, how these pasts shape our understanding of who we are as advisors today.
Dogwood/Zoom Room BOPTIMIZING ADVISING: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO PRE-SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS
REBECCA GUEST-SCOTT / Academic Advisor & Career Initiatives Coordinator, 21st Century Scholars Program
The traditional advising model often faces challenges such as imbalanced advisor workloads, long student wait times, reactive problem-solving, and limited student engagement. This presentation will share an innovative approach to academic advising through the development of a systematic pre-scheduled appointment process, implemented and refined with 21st Century Scholars over the last year. Our systematic approach aims to address common advising pitfalls by leveraging pre-scheduled appointments to offer a more balanced, efficient, proactive, holistic, and personalized advising experience. We will share insights into the design, implementation, and outcomes of our pre-scheduled appointment structure while attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of how strategically pre-scheduled appointments can be integrated into the advising process to optimize efficiency, address challenges proactively, improve student connection and satisfaction, and enhance overall academic success.
Maple: LEVEL UP YOUR ORIENTATION GAME
ANNA BEDNARSKI / Associate Director, Student Services Generalist, Luddy MARIA CLOR / Advising Operations Manager, Luddy KELSEY KARUM / Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising, Luddy CAROLYN MUNK / Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising, Luddy KIM ROSS / Associate Director, Academic Retention Advising, Luddy
Looking for ways to "level up” your students’ New Student Orientation experience? Hear from the Luddy Undergraduate Advising team on innovative approaches they incorporated during Summer 2023 to improve the orientation experience for their students and advisors.
Beginning in Summer 2022, nearly all incoming Luddy students were directly admitted to the school. As a result, the undergraduate advising office decided to implement changes to better meet the demands of increasing caseloads and a larger incoming student group. In Summer 2023, these changes were expanded upon to create a more robust student experience.
In this session, Luddy advisors will highlight a variety of communication initiatives put into place, along with the hiring and training of undergraduate peers known as SPARC team members (Student Planning and Resource Corps). They will also discuss goals for the future of the Luddy orientation process.
Persimmon: 6 GOLDEN NUGGETS OF ADVISING: BEST PRACTICES AND TIPS
PRESENTED BY A TEAM OF NEW(ISH) ADVISORS SUPARNA BOSE / Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist, Group Scholars Program BEN BRADDOCK / Academic Advisor and STEM Initiatives, Group Scholars Program DETRA CARTER / Academic Advisor, Group Scholars Program PALOMA OROZCO / Academic Advisor, Group Scholars Program A’SHON RIGGINS / Academic Advisor, Group Scholars Program TROY T. THOMAS JR. / Academic Advisor, Group Scholars Program
The presenters are members of the Groups Scholars Program Advising Team and have been hired during or after the pandemic. They are new to the Indiana University advising profession and are learning the tricks of the trade from their experienced colleagues and/or superiors. The program advisors adopt a type of advising which can be best described as a combination of the Holistic Advising model (Kardash, 2020) and the Proactive (Intrusive) Advising model (Varney, 2012) to support student engagement and retention in a population of first-generation college students (referring to the key Conceptual component of the NACADA Core Competencies list, the advisors’ understanding of theories relevant to academic advising #C3, and “academic advising approaches and strategies” #C4).The advisors will share some “Golden nuggets” as their primary tenets to remember as they sharpen their advising skills and negotiate new experiences every day. The 6 nuggets also refer to the NACADA Informational and relational core competencies.
Oak: LANGUAGES? NOT JUST FOR LINGUISTS: FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY AT IU
AMANDA LUECK / Academic Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences OLGA BUEVA / Senior Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences
Foreign language is an integral part of the IU student experience. For students pursuing a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences, foreign language study is a requirement; for those pursuing a degree in any of the other schools, it is one of three options to fulfill the General Education World Languages & Cultures requirement. Therefore, all undergraduate academic advisors may be able to better serve their students through enhancing their knowledge of the options for language study at IU and developing strategies for helping advisees navigate the various hurdles they may face while learning a foreign language. Most crucially, we believe that advisors can help students understand that foreign language and intercultural competence are essential assets for undergraduates in any discipline.
We will first focus on conversations we have had with students who are struggling to connect foreign languages with their overall academic and professional goals. We plan to invite attendees to share their experiences and approaches in navigating these types of conversations with students. Following our discussion on articulating the benefits of foreign language study to advisees, we intend to share resources and strategies designed to help advisors across all disciplines better advise students, based on their specific circumstances and goals. Drawing on our experience working with students in and outside our advising areas, we have identified some recurring issues related to foreign language study that students routinely face. We plan to discuss scenarios involving domestic and international students with various language backgrounds and academic and professional goals. In discussing these scenarios, we hope to share strategies for identifying the most appropriate resources available at IU that would allow specific students to achieve their individual objectives.
Situations involving foreign language at IU can be complex, typically requiring nuanced conversations, and there is no one template appropriate for all cases. Our presentation will include case studies and aim to create a space for discussion, sharing solutions and experiences, and fostering a collaborative environment amongst advisors.
Sassafras/Zoom Room AEMPOWERED BY EXPERIENCE: IMPACTS OF ARTS EDUCATION LIVED EXPERIENCES ON ADVISING PRACTICES
NICOLE BLACKWELL / Academic Advisor, School of Public Health DR. LINDSEY GRITES WEEKS / Academic Advisor, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Neumann University
Good things happen outside your comfort zone. While we encourage our advisees to explore new interests, seek out new challenges, establish new social relationships, and expand their knowledge across disciplines over the course of their college experience, how can we, as academic advisors, model that adaptability? How can our lived experiences, i.e., the twists and turns that our educational and career pathways have taken, shape our philosophy and practice?
Guided by the applied phenomenology of education scholar and philosopher Max van Manen, we investigate our lived experiences as artists/arts educators as integral to our individual perspectives on our work in advising STEM-major students. While our interests in exploring the connections between arts education and STEM arose from our personal experiences, these connections are also reflective of larger trends in the education community. In 2020, the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) described arts learning as "critical to solving the complex and ever-evolving needs facing our workforce" and "fundamental to student success across all domains" (Huser, p. 1). For SEADAE, the holistic inclusion of arts learning into STEM (i.e., STEAM education) recognizes "the real-world role of the arts" as "evoking a richer and more creative level of communication about the world," "inspiring deeper levels of creating, producing, responding, and connecting to the resolution of real-world problems," and providing "unique ways in which students learn about themselves and others" (Huser, p. 3). Our presentation reflects this emphasis on the interconnectedness of academic theory with real-world practice.
In reflecting on our lived experiences as academic advisors, our guiding questions are "inquiries that address and serve the practices of professional practitioners as well as the quotidian practices of everyday life" (van Manen, p. 15). These include:
What does it mean to us to approach our work as academic advisors with an artist's habit of mind?
What are the commonalities between our lived experiences and those of our advisees in STEM disciplines? In what ways may we connect where our experiences diverge, differ, and intersect?
What assumptions/biases have we experienced from our backgrounds? What assumptions/biases have we developed based on our lived experiences? How do these impact the ways in which we relate to our advisees and they to us?
Persimmon/Zoom Room B DROP-IN ADVISING REIMAGINED: CONVERSATIONS ON THE GO AND THE POWER OF COLLABORATION
DOUG DAVEE / Academic Advisor, IU School of Nursing
Join us in exploring the transformative impact of "Conversations on the Go" from the IU School of Nursing. This innovative drop-in advising initiative redefines collaboration within our academic community, bringing together students, advisors, faculty, and the broader community. Covering diverse topics, from Mental Health and Well-Being to engaging activities like Raising Monarch Butterflies, the program fosters comprehensive advising experiences. The informal setup allows students to ask questions without the constraints of a formal 30-minute appointment. Hosted every Wednesday from 11-1 in a central location, "Conversations on the Go" not only facilitates seamless interaction but also cultivates genuine relationships and collaborations within our community. This session offers insights into the program's impact, supported by assessments and student suggestions, highlighting how collaboration enhances advising practices and strengthens ties within our academic community.
Maple: GRADUATE ADVISING PANEL
MYC WIATROWSKI / Assistant Director of Advising, School of Public Health PATTY REYES-COOKSEY / Director of Graduate Administration, Luddy TREVOR VERROT / Assistant Dean for Student Development, IU Graduate School LINDSAY ALLEN / Academic Advisor, Graduate Programs, Office of Online Education GABE SHEIR / Associate Director, +Kelley Program
Come learn about the world of graduate advising! Graduate advisors will share their experiences working with this unique population of students. Undergraduate advisors will learn what it is like to be a graduate advisor, what their student population is like, and what are the resources, support, and job opportunities available to students pursuing a graduate degree.
In addition, graduate advisors will share insights about how undergraduate advisors can help students who are considering these programs and where they—and the students—can get more information.
As increasing numbers of students consider post-graduate education and turn to their advisors to learn more, this panel will provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate advisors to collaborate on how to best serve our students.
Dogwood: DECONSTRUCTING THE F-WORD: MID-LIFE ADVENTURES AND ADVISING LESSONS FROM THE FINITE MATH CLASSROOM
ROSIE PIGA PIZZO / Associate Academic Advisor, University Division
After years of conversations about students’ challenges with MATH-M118 Finite Mathematics, with seemingly an increasing number of them wanting to take it anywhere (Ivy Tech) but here, I had to find out for myself what was really going on in a finite math classroom at Indiana University Bloomington. In the spring of 2023, almost 30 years after I last sat in an undergraduate classroom (BA Journalism IUB 1995), I enrolled in Finite at IUB and sat amongst students and experienced this subject with them. Not only did it give me a glimpse of how students’ approach this class and their behaviors during class, but I realized the level of time and commitment necessary to learn the material in order to be successful. (Spoiler alert: I did not contribute to the DFW rate). Taking this class has enhanced my advising practice in that I can better empathize with students regarding challenging classes, brainstorm strategies to overcome obstacles with coursework, and encourage them (strongly) to utilize campus resources to get the help they need. Sharing this experience with other advisors can provide suggestions and discussion on approaches to advising practices when interacting with students about challenging coursework.
Sassafras/Zoom Room A MEDITATION AND SELF-EMPOWERING PRACTICES
PERFECTO CAPARAS / Academic Advisor, Kelley School of Business
Explain the principles, concepts, benefits and importance of
Pranic Breathing Techniques
Meditation on Twin Hearts aka Meditation for World Peace
I AM Affirmation
Daily Gratitude Journal
Persimmon/Zoom Room B GROUP ADVISING AND ENGAGING PRESENTATIONS
SERENA OSTRANDER / Academic Advisor-Advanced, College of Arts and Sciences JENNIFER KELLETT / Academic Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences
As our caseloads increase and students look to us for information about post-graduation plans, research, engagement, etc., group advising can be an excellent solution to the volume and breadth of information that advisors need to transmit to students. However, so often group advising is executed in a lackluster way that leaves the advisor and student disappointed in the lack of engagement. In the past few years, the Psychological and Brain Sciences team has effectively used group advising to tackle topics like grad school, research, professional schools, and technical systems to demystify opaque parts of the university system in a low stress but engaging format that encourages students to ask questions and meets them where they are. Our presentation proposes some strategies for managing the group advising campaign and practical tips for making those presentations engaging. Even for those of us that don't find technology an easy medium to work with can model a growth mindset for our students by creating engaging presentations that take advantage of the many tools at our disposal: Adrx campaigns, dynamic presentations, zoom tools, and more. We will demonstrate some of the tools and systems that we have found useful in our group advising practice and provide participants with handy guides for creating their own group advising campaigns.
Dogwood: WHAT TAYLOR SWIFT TAUGHT ME ABOUT ADVISING PRACTICE: INTEGRATING LEVITY AND LAUGHTER
CAROLYN MUNK / Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising, Luddy ANNA BEDNARSKI / Associate Director and Student Services Generalist, Luddy SHAMIM ALI / Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising, Luddy
Engaging in academic advising is a challenging endeavor, marked by the constant influx of emails and the persistent expectation to be available to students and other stakeholders around the clock, all contributing to work-place stress and decreased job satisfaction. Yet, amid the demands, academic advising also has many moments of joy and fulfillment with students and colleagues. A shared sense of camaraderie and levity among colleagues plays a pivotal role in fostering strong connections and creating an environment that enables effective, high-impact advising practice while managing office stressors. With a component of the IU 2030 strategic plan prioritizing the enhancement of academic advising, the cultivation of levity in daily work will aid in managing the stress associated with the spotlight… ready for it?
Why Taylor? Bring your cardigan It’s time to show advising some Mad love, shake it off as you need to calm down. Long story short- Join ME! For a bit of levity and laughter…Question?
Oak: THE PRICE ONE PAYS TO BE IN THE STEM ENVIRONMENT
DR. PATRICK D. SMITH / Executive Director, Mentoring Services and Leadership Development
Very few African American undergraduate STEM majors have persisted long enough to obtain their degree from historically White institutions (HWIs) (Ladivar, 2013). There is little research that explores the persistence and achievement strategies of African American STEM majors who have overcome threatening conditions at such schools (Chang et al., 2011).
This presentation will share the experiences of African American junior and senior STEM majors at three HWIs and discuss how they were able to excel under threatening conditions.
Specifically, in my qualitative study of 12 African American STEM majors, attendees will gain important insights concerning the resources, support networks, and personal motivational strategies utilized to propel their success. Moreover, this presentation will expose attendees to how a lack of diversity among faculty and peers in STEM classrooms presented unique challenges towards persistence for the participants of this study. For example, students reported encountering racism, sexism, lack of belonging, isolation, and having their intellectual capability questioned.
I argue that African American STEM majors must demonstrate a high degree of self-efficacy and resource utilization–including accessing advising, supportive faculty, peers, and student organizations to maintain their presence and persistence in STEM. Moreover, advising staff are in a unique position to offer support and advocacy to African American students who are determined to pursue a STEM credential.
By closely examining the classroom and campus experiences of African American STEM majors, this presentation will shed light on how others are able to persist through various challenges encountered during their undergraduate experience. Being knowledgeable of persistence strategies and challenges faced by these students can empower advisors, faculty, and other campus administrators to take the initiative in helping students address these issues in the classroom. Additionally, having a discussion concerning the importance of developing and maintaining equitable and inclusive STEM classrooms will help with serving those populations who have been historically excluded from this environment.
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