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Programs and Events

Fall 2019



Honors & Scholars Programs Open House

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
3:30-4:30 p.m., Baker Center

Join the advising and success community at the Baker Center to learn more about the Chancellor’s Honors Program, 1794 Scholars Program, Honors Leadership Program, and Haslam Scholars program, and to connect with honors faculty and staff.


Thornton Center Information Session and Open House

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
3:30-4:30 p.m., Thornton Center

The Thornton Center is an academic success center for UTK student athletes. Staff serve students in a variety of ways including tutoring, writing help, math support, and mentoring. Visit this unique space and meet the people who work with student athletes every day.


State of the Campus Panel

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

2:30-4:00 p.m., SU 169

The campus is constantly developing. Several leaders on campus will be available to answer questions about new initiatives that have an impact on students, faculty, and staff. Bring questions for the following participants:

Ashton Braddock, UT Promise Coordinator

Dr. Janelle Coleman, Executive Director for Diversity and Engagement

Dr. Wendy Davis, Director of the Transfer Center

Lindsay Hansen, Director of New Student and Family Programs

José Lee-Perez, Academic Success Advocate

Shanna Pendergrast, EAB Navigate Implementation Team



NACADA Region 3 Conference

April 20-22, 2020 – Lexington, KY



All I Need to Know (about Academic Advising) I Learned from…

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM in SU 362 B

In The Power of Story: Narrative Theory in Academic Advising, Peter Hagan introduces the concept of the bildungsroman, or the story of a person’s education. As advisors are keenly aware, education and learning can happen in many places.

But what do family dinner traditions, Star Wars, professional engagement, Big Bang Theory, Lego, and travel really have to do with advising? In this fast-paced, narrative presentation, seven advisors from a variety of backgrounds and advising situations will employ stories and metaphor to depict aspects of theory, practice, self-reflection, and professional growth in the field of academic advising. Through the stories of these seasoned advisors, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect differently on what they know about themselves and the work they do to support student success. Topics will include roadblocks that advisors experience when they seek to engage theory to inform their practice, connectedness and community on the higher ed campus, professional engagement to avoid career stagnation, advisors as knowers and sources of knowledge, and more.


NACADA Webinar

Academic Advising and Trans Equity: Building Our Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 2:00-3:30  PM in SU 262 B

The profile of trans students in the United States has been steadily increasing in recent years. New scholarship is being published that offers deeper looks at the experiences of these students and work that aims to theorize about trans identity and higher education. In addition, highly public legal battles are being waged regarding the rights of trans students, particularly regarding the protections of Title IX and concerns of equal access to education from primary school through higher education.

As advisors and administrators encounter these students more frequently, there is a dire need for resources that move beyond “Trans 101”, which often focuses primarily on terminology and language use. Practitioners need information and direction on how to progress individually in their competence working with trans students, as well as guidance on how to influence their offices and campuses to become more equitable for trans students.

This webinar will focus on encouraging practitioners to identify opportunities for trans advocacy work on their campuses. The presenters aim to move beyond a “Trans 101” perspective by focusing less on vocabulary and issues of awareness and directing the bulk of their effort toward identifying changes in behavior (individual) and culture (organizational) that could have the effect of increasing trans equity on campus.

This webinar embeds trans concerns in frameworks of social justice advocacy and multicultural organizational change theory with the aim of presenting social justice as a process to engage in, rather than simply an end point or goal.

NACADA Webinar