Wanted: Advisors Interested in a Focus Group

NACADA’s Academic Advising Administrator’s Commission is sponsoring a research project conducted by an academic advising research group at the University of Utah.  They will be holding a focus group at each 2012 regional conference as part of their research on academic advising as a career field. They are looking for individuals involved with academic advising to participate in an hour-long focus group discussion surrounding the occupation of academic advising.  Topics will include:

  • Professions and professionalism.
  • What is a profession?
  • Academic advising as an occupation.
  • Your responsibilities as an academic advisor.

The focus group will take place on Sunday, March 18th, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The research group is looking for 10 advisors who would like to participate, and will accept interested participants on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Josh Larson at Advisingresearch@utah.edu.

They will follow up their focus group with a concurrent session focusing on advising as a profession:

Advising is not a profession…or is it?
Monday, March 19, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Broadway I

Is academic advising a profession? What skills can advisors learn on the job, which cannot? If advising were to become a recognized profession, what are the ramifications? Are you sure you are ready to work in a professionalized career field? In this session, presenters will facilitate a group discussion to explore topics pertaining to professionalizing the field of academic advising. Participants will be provided an opportunity to cast votes, discuss particular aspects of professionalization, and even debate this issue. Current research and journal articles will be utilized to guide the discussion. Additionally, the presenters plan to utilize this feedback to further their research relating to perceptions of academic advisors. Participants of this presentation will be instrumental in the continued investigation of this topic.



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