NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee
William Butler-Paisley, Oregon Liaison (2019-2021)
What institution do you work for and what is your role there?
I work at Portland Community College (PCC) as the Advising Coordinator at the Sylvania Campus. Before stepping into my current role, I worked as the program advisor for Business Administration students at PCC Sylvania. Prior to that, I worked as a college success coach for Future Connect, a PCC program that serves first-generation college students. I also led an academic intervention program for three years and originally worked in higher education as an English Composition instructor at many colleges and universities along the way (before I saw the light and gravitated toward student affairs work!).
Why did you get involved with NACADA?
I’ve always been a huge fan of NACADA’s books, but didn’t get connected with the organization until I began working on the Oregon Academic Advising Association leadership board as the community college liaison. OAAA is a NACADA allied member and it allowed me to get a better sense of the work that NACADA was doing. I have long been a fan of NACADA’s core competencies as central to who I am as an advisor, and how I work with emerging advisors. I have extensively used NACADA as a research resource for everything from developing advising curriculum to presenting about a wide variety of topics.
What are some of the projects you’ve worked on for NACADA?
I am currently serving on the Region 8 steering committee as one of the two Oregon representatives.
How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career?
I think to have a long and successful career in academic advising, you need to understand how important NACADA is to the profession. Simply by lots of self-directed learning via reading NACADA publications, I became a significantly better advisor.
Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact.
One of the things that I am most proud of is that I am a community college alum. When I entered college, after a brief career in graphic design and printing, community college was my only option, and it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. When I was in high school I genuinely never thought I was going to go to college, much less be successful in higher education. My local community college completely changed my life trajectory and I knew long ago that I wanted to find my way back to a community college as a professional. I ultimately got a doctorate from Oregon State University’s Community College Leadership Program in 2016. I am really proud of how “full circle” my career has been.
Fun fact: I aspire to one day be the world’s foremost chocolate-chip cookie critic, traveling the globe to find the perfect morsel of chocolate-chip cookie bliss. So far I haven’t even gotten all the way through Portland’s amazing bakeries, so it may take a while before I can compile the ultimate list.