Past Programs


April 19-21, 2016 – NACADA Region 3 Conference

Raleigh, NC


December 14, 2016 – NACADA Webinar

“Helping Students Clarify their Dreams:  Advising the Foreclosed Student”

Webinar with discussion to follow.
Frieson Black Cultural Center, 2-4pm

Tennessee State Drive-In

NACADA Tennessee State Drive-In Conference 
May 8th, 2017
Murfreesboro, TN

September 18, 2015 – Fall Advising Planning Meeting

For advising directors and professional advising staff
        I-House, 8 am – 12 pm

October 14, 2015 – NACADA National Conference Wrap Up

        6th floor conference room, Hodges Library, 330-5pm

November 18, 2015 – Effective Advising Strategies:  Veteran and ROTC Students

Frieson Black Cultural Center, 230-430pm

December 3, 2015 – Assisting Students with Mental Health Challenges

       West Wing, Haslam Business Building (HBB 440), 3-5pm 

February 24, 2016 – Focus on Teaching:  Strategies and Suggestions

HCB West Wing 440, 3-5pm

May 2, 2016 – Second Annual TennACADA Awards

Frieson Black Cultural Center, 3-5pm

Advising Planning Meeting

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  For advising directors and professional advising staff.  Black Cultural Center, check-in and light breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. and meeting until noon

NACADA Highlights—Brownbag Lunch

Wednesday, October 15  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Crest Room of the University Center
 Focus on NACADA national conference presentations of interest

College Information Sharing

Wednesday, October 22  3:30 to 5:00 p.m. West Wing of Haslam Business Building (HBB 440)
Representatives from each college share information to help with student referrals 

Advising Theories Presentation

Wednesday, November 12  3:30-5:00 p.m. West Wing of Haslam Business Building (HBB 440)
Overview of current advising theories and application to our advising work at UTK

Spring Advising Planning Meeting

January 27, 2015 For advising directors and professional advising staffUC Ballroom, 8 am – 12 pm 

Advising and the Completion Agenda: Strategies for Student Success Webinar

January 29, 2015 – Advising and the Completion Agenda: Strategies for Student Success Webinar

Shiloh Room, UC room 235, 2-3 pm


Pathways to Success, Improving Advising Services for Transfer Students

February 27, 2015 – Pathways to Success, Improving Advising Services for Transfer Students

NACADA Tennessee State Drive-In Conference 

February 27, 2015, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Hilton, Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee


March 25, 2015 – U-Track Meets Transfer Students

Alison Conner

3-5 pm

West Wing, Haslam Business Building (HBB 440)

uTrack FTT Presentation 03-25-2015


April 27, 2015 – TennACADA Awards Ceremony

3-5 pm

Stokely Hospitality Suite, Haslam Business Building, 5th floor

Roundtable Meet and Greet

Representatives from the Honors Program, One Stop, Student Success Center, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, and Thornton Athletics Student Life Center introduced their offices and answered questions relevant to the advising community.

Brown Bag Lunch: NACADA Review

TennACADA members met to share information from presentations they attended at the NACADA National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October.

Ruth Darling shared information about Envisioning the Future of Advising and Emerging Issues in Academic Advising Theory. Carolyn Becker shared information about Taking Your Career Advising to New Heights. Jeff Elliott shared information about Transfer Student Recap. Sidi Kuzungu shared information about What About Us? Developing a Transition Support Course for International Transfer Students and Jake Roberts shared information about Why Motivation is Not Enough.

TennACADA Professional Development Program

Moderator: Amy Cathey (director, UT Full-Time MBA Program)

Presented by Ruth Darling (assistant provost, Student Success), Jamia Stokes (associate director of Undergraduate Advising, CEHHS), Jason Mastrogiovanni (director, First-Year Studies), Ron Tredway (director, Employee and Organizational Development, Human Resources)

Program: Managing and Developing Your Career. The purpose of the panel is to highlight different potential career paths for advisors (both in and outside of the traditional academic advising realm) and to create an open and honest dialogue around questions of how advisors can best manage and grow their careers in higher education.

Creating a Professional Action Plan Workshop

Lane Morris, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs, College of Business Administration

Sleep and the Impact on College Students

Theresa Lee, dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Appreciative Advising

Jenny Bloom, past NACADA president and faculty at the University of South Carolina

Working With Exploratory Students

Led by Ruth Darling and Stephanie Kit, this program discussed the upcoming changes for exploratory students at UT and provided advisors across campus the opportunity to discuss strategies for assisting exploratory students.

Brown Bag Lunch: NACADA Review

TennACADA members met to share information from presentations they attended at the NACADA National Convention in Nashville in October. Sidi Kuzungu shared information about The Role of Spirituality in Advising and Advising International Students. Jeff Elliott shared information about Recent Changes and Clarifications in FERPA. Betsy Gullett shared information about Universal Tracking at the University of Florida and Jamia Stokes shared information about Apreciative Advising.

uTrack Presentation

Alison Conner and Penny Beasley presented information about uTrack policies and implementation, including Term 1 Milestones, overview of process flow and student scenario.

Dealing with Difficult Situations

Presented by Ashley Blamey, director of the S.E.E. Center (Safety, Environment and Education Center)

Program: Ashley Blamey, director of the S.E.E. Center (Safety, Environment and Education Center), will lead a program on dealing with difficult situations and the university’s distressed student protocol. Following the presentation, she will give a tour of the new Student Health Center.

Financial Aid and Academic Advising

Presented by Tim Woods of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship

Webcast available!! Webcast Link November 2011

Technology in Advising—Using Social Media to Connect with Our Students

Presented by Jean Derco and Michael Burke of the Instructional Technology Center

October 2011

Co-Creation of Value in the Student/Advisor Relationship

Presented by David Schumann and Kelly Ellenburg of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center
September 2011

Co-creation of value is a popular business model based on the premise that significant value can evolve through an active partnership between customer and firm. This model can be applied in numerous ways to higher education, including the context of academic advising. In such a setting, advisor and student hold a shared responsibility for the creation and achievement of the student’s vision, and take on complementary roles in achieving it through strategies that create value for the student.

This session features a short presentation of the theory behind the model, as well as the benefits to students, advisors, faculty, and institutions. Participants will engage in guided discussion and brainstorming on how advisors can integrate the model into their units, and a role play exercise applying co-creation to their interaction with students.

Advising Best Practices and Social Event

This program provided an opportunity for cross-training and networking.


It’s Advising Time in Tennessee! This annual program involves advisors from across campus units connecting with students in “their world”—on the “T” bus, in Smokey’s Cafeteria, or on the Pedestrian Walkway. This program reminds students of the importance of advising and connects them to advisors in a casual setting.

Cultural Competence in Academic Advising

Webinar and Discussion

This webinar, presented by Blane Harding, addressed the dynamics of a changing population and the impact this has on education and advising, the development of cultural identity and worldview as important concepts for interaction, challenges and opportunities for interaction and effectiveness while working with diverse student populations, and concepts and strategies for culturally competent advising.

Resource for Diversity at UT:

LGBT Issues in Advising

Presented by James Devita and Tiffany Hedges

Facebook and Technology in Advising

Presented by Brian Russell

Everything advisors need to know about using technology to reach today’s students. To view the PowerPoint on Facebook and to access a list of suggested references, please click here.

Academic Advising’s Integral Role in the Academic Success and Persistence of Students

Webinar and Discussion

his webinar, presented by Susan Campbell and Charlie Nutt, provided valuable information on the research that links academic advising to student success. The webinar also covered best practices within academic advising centers.

Outline from the Webinar—includes many useful references on academic advising and retention

Advisor’s Toolbox: Equipping Our Students to be Ready for the World

Advisors from International Student Services, Minority Student Affairs, and the Programs Abroad Office spoke about current issues that relate to studying abroad, minority students, and international students.

Academic Advising Syllabus: Advising as Teaching in Action

How do we communicate to students the purpose and value of academic advising? How do we communicate the student outcomes for advising to students? How do we communicate student and advisor responsibilities? What “common language” do students, faculty, advisors, and administrators need to understand if we are to clearly define outcomes, expectations, and assessment of learning?

Many campuses utilize an Academic Advising Syllabus as an answer to all these questions. An Academic Advising Syllabus uses a recognized format and language to communicate all the key issues for students regarding their academic advising experiences at your institution.

This Webinar provided the basics on how to develop and utilize a syllabus as well as offer examples of syllabi being used at institutions today.

Handouts from Webinar on Academic Advising Syllabus NACADA’s Concept of Academic Advising

Thornton Student Life Center presentation on Advising Student Athletes

This seminar, presented by academic counselors from UT’s Thornton Student Life Center, addressed strategies and issues with advising student-athletes. Topics discussed included eligibility rules and regulations, how academic advisors can work with student-athletes more effectively, and testimonials from current student-athletes about their experiences both in the classroom and on the playing field.

A special thank you to the academic counselors of the Thornton Student Life Center and student athletes for presenting this very informative seminar.

How Today’s Students Think and Learn

Campus-wide Faculty/Staff Learning Workshop, featuring Mark Taylor
Hosted by The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and Robert C. Holub, provost and vice chancellor.

Mark Taylor has more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education, management and counseling professions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in counseling. Two sessions were provided during the workshop: (1) Generation NeXt Comes to College- Understanding, teaching and serving today’s post-modern students and (2) Post-modern Pedagogy- practical skills for facilitating meaningful student learning in and out of the classroom.