NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee
Shea Ellingham (she/her/hers), Region Chair
What institution do you work for and what is your role there?
I am the Manager of Academic Advising Services at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Why did you get involved with NACADA?
I first joined NACADA when I assumed the role of Manager of Academic Advising. It was a new position for me and I was hungry to learn more about the field of Academic Advising. In my previous roles, I had always been an advocate for student success and passionate about working with students. When I joined NACADA and began to work more closely with Academic Advisors, I felt as though I had finally found my place within higher education.
What are some of the projects you’ve worked on for NACADA?
My first project for NACADA was as Chair of the Region 8 Conference in 2011. In 2015, I transitioned off the steering committee (after serving two terms) and moved into the role of co-chair of the Canadian Advising Community for NACADA and served in that role until 2020. In 2019, I happily returned to the Region 8 Steering Committee as co-chair for the Calgary Conference, which was so much fun! I was also very pleased to have been a part of the Region Review Project which was a great opportunity to connect with NACADA members globally to find out about their thoughts about the current regional structure and the professional development opportunities that are currently offered through NACADA. I am also serving as a member of the Region Review Implementation Committee and the NACADA Finance committee.
How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career?
Being involved in NACADA has given me a platform upon which to grow professionally. My first conference presentations were at NACADA Region conferences, my first opportunities for committee membership in a global association were with NACADA. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with professionals from across the globe, learning about the role that advising plays in student success in diverse settings.
My first role with NACADA was to Chair the Region 8 Conference in 2011 and then in the following years, I have also been involved in the Advising Community Division building the network for Academic Advisors across Canada. It has been a rewarding experience thus far and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of working with Region 8 members in the capacity of Region Chair.
Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact.
I am so lucky to be surrounded by my family and it’s never been more important than 2020. My four grandkiddies (ages 3, 4, 5, &5) are such a joy and I am happy to be able to be an active part of their lives. I also have a new addition to my work-from-home life, a rescued cat that I sometimes call Rollo, and other times Buddy (I just can’t decide which is a better fit for him).