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2014 Advising Conference

LSA Student Academic Affairs is pleased to host the annual conference on undergraduate academic advising to give advisors across the University an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest.

The 2014 Advising Conference will occur on Wednesday, May 14, in the Michigan League.  Our theme this year is Building and Maintaining Community.  

13TH ANNUAL ADVISING CONFERENCE: “Building and Maintaining Community” — CALL FOR PROPOSALSWe invite proposals from colleagues across campus for the 13th Annual Advising Conference.  Please send proposals to Dr. Susan Doyle ( by no later than Friday, February 21.

By Susan Doyle, Student Academic Affairs
January 22, 2014

13TH ANNUAL ADVISING CONFERENCE:  “Building and Maintaining Community”

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

On behalf of LSA Student Academic Affairs and the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, conference sponsors, we invite proposals from colleagues across campus for the 13th Annual Advising Conference.  Our theme this year, “Building and Maintaining Community,” offers opportunities for an exciting array of conference sessions.

We are pleased and honored to have as our opening plenary speaker,  Martha Pollock, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Michigan.  Provost Pollock’s recent challenge to us to preserve the University’s “legacy of social justice” seems particularly appropriate to our theme, which is an issue for all large research institutions, and is crucial for all of us as we seek to help our students make meaning of their time at Michigan.

As you ponder a proposal, here are some questions to keep in mind:   How do we collectively and individually help our students function in this intellectual environment and understand their contributions to its ongoing growth and development?  Where are the intersection points among campus, off-campus and global communities, and how can we as educators help our students negotiate those intersections?  How do we see ourselves as part of this university community, and do we function as a community? How do we help build and maintain a “climate of inclusion” (Provost Pollock) so that all students feel invited to participate in our community of scholars?

We seek conference proposals on a variety of topics related to the theme that address these questions and related issues.  Conference sessions can come in the format of panel or co-facilitated presentations, as round-table discussions, as workshops, or as blended formats of any of the preceding.  We particularly appreciate proposals that are co-facilitated by presenters from various units, as that can present a broad and more fully fleshed-out perspective.  This conference has always been about sharing ideas and best practices, and generating new models that can be used across the campus; we love the variety we've had in the past, and look forward to similar approaches for this year's conference.

Please send proposals to Dr. Susan Doyle ( by no later than Friday, February 21.  Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of conference committee members composed of student services and student affairs professionals.  Proposals should include the names and contact information of potential presenters; Program format (roundtable discussion, panel presentation, presentation/discussion, etc.); and Title and Abstract (135 words total).  Presenters will be notified by March 31.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Please feel free to send any questions to me (  And please pass this on to anyone you feel would be interested in participating.


Susan Doyle, Ph.D.
Academic Advising Coordinator
Member, Academic Standards Board
College of Literature, Science and the Arts
1255 Angell Hall



Past Annual May Advising Conferences

2012 - Advising for the Future"

2011 - "Student Empowerment"

2010 - "Creativity in Advising"

2009 - "Connecting the Now to the Next: Helping Students Discover the Lifelong Value of the Michigan Experience"

Keynote speaker: John C. Burkhardt

2008 - "Broadening our Focus: A Conversation About Change."

Keynote speakers: Dr. Pat Gurin and Dr. Eric Dey

2007 - "Terms of Engagement."

Keynote speaker: Dr. Richard Hersh, Senior Fellow at the Council for Aid to Education,

2006 - "Building Bridges: Creating Connections for Students and Advisors"

Keynote speaker: Dr. L. Lee Knefelkamp, Professor of Education and Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Senior Scholar with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

2005 - "Engaging Undergraduates: The Dynamic Process of Student Development." 

Keynote speaker: Dr. Patricia King, Professor and Director of UM's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

2004 - "Teaching Through Academic Advising: Integrating the Undergraduate Experience"

Keynote address: Dr. Charlie Nutt, Associate Director of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

2003 - "Teaching Through Academic Advising: Cross-Campus Collaboration"

Keynote address Professor Paul N. Courant, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan

2002 - "Teaching Through Academic Advising: Sharing Effective Practices"

Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Spear, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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