Professional Development

University of Manitoba advisors have access to a number of professional development opportunities and resources.

2017 – 2018 Advising Webinars

You are invited to take part in seven NACADA webinars that will be offered to the advising community in the 2017-2018 academic year. Please register with brigitte.wiebe@umanitoba.ca. Each webinar will be introduced by a member of the University’s Advising community. We will view a recorded webinar and there will be time for discussion.

October 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Building Advisor Competency: Facing Fear and Creating our Best Professional Selves
  • Ever had fear stand in the way of pursuing professional passion? Experienced self-doubt or insecurity about being “good enough?” Moved through days (or weeks, or years) in “default mode” rather than intentionally creating your best professional self? If you have ever answered “Yes” to any of these questions (or know someone who may have), then you won’t want to miss this webinar! The presenters are convinced that when individuals become mindful and begin to design their professional identity, free from fear, they create new opportunities and purposeful pathways that lead to greater productivity and fulfillment – and they are excited about having opportunities to share their thoughts and experiences with advising colleagues. Drawing from their 2016 NACADA Annual Conference presentations, which received outstanding attendee responses, Erin Justyna (Texas Tech University) and Lisa Laughter (University of California-Davis) will begin with a discussion of fear’s unique ability to steal potential, stand in the way of dreams, and prevent us from living lives of intentionality and purpose. They will address the pitfalls of living in fear and discuss how to “feel the fear and do it anyway.” They will consider what it means to have a profession of advising as well as what it means to be a “professional” in the field.
  • Participants will learn:
    • The three different levels of fear and the five truths about fear
    • The importance of taking responsibility for our own lives and ways to work with students in this area
    • The importance of mindset and creative ways to create a more positive mindset
November 28, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Building Advisor Competency: Developing a Profession of Advising through Training, Development, and Scholarship
  • In this webinar, sponsored by the NACADA Advisor Training and Development Commission, commission members will build on that foundation and address concepts surrounding the development paths of academic advisors and the advancement of academic advising as a profession. 

    Our presenters will discuss what it means to be “a professional” in the academic advising field, including the characteristics and behaviors of an advising professional, and how progressive training and development of advisors (new, mid-level, advanced) and the scholarship of advising (i.e., service, presenting, teaching, publishing, research) contribute to this understanding.They will provide suggestions for how advisors can assess their current professional path and create a development path based on the recently developed NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. Existing NACADA resources designed to facilitate and improve training, development, and scholarship of academic advisors will be discussed. 

    Academic advisors of all experience levels will benefit from this engaging discussion and panel.

December 19, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Building Advisor Competency: Introduction to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model
  • In the summer of 2015, NACADA Professional Development Committee (PDC) Incoming Chair Teri Farr was tasked with leading the PDC team with looking forward into the future of the academic advising profession to identify what competencies academic advisors will need to have, how these competencies could best be articulated by the association, and how they can be used by the association to provide professional development opportunities for NACADA’s membership. Over the next 18 months, the team conducted a review of the available advising literature, spoke with subject matter experts, consulted with a wide array of NACADA constituencies, and crafted the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. The model was approved by the association’s Board of Directors in March 2017 and made available to all advising professionals on the PDC webpage. PDC members then began Phase 2 of this initiative – identification and review of NACADA resources currently available to assist academic advising personnel with competency development and capacity building.

    In this NACADA Advisor Training and Development Commission-sponsored webinar, Teri Farr is joined by PDC members to discuss the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. They will share some of their experiences with the model’s development process, the thoughts underlying its framework and core competency areas, and the ongoing project of resource identification and development.

February 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Building Advisor Competency: Conceptual Understanding Component
  • At the request of the association’s leadership, the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model (2017) was crafted by the Professional Development Committee (PDC).  The purpose of the model is to identify the broad range of understanding, knowledge, and skills that support academic advising, to guide professional development, and to promote the contributions of advising to student development, progress, and success.

    In our December 2017 webinar, PDC Chair Teri Farr will lead members of her team in an Introduction to theNACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model, sharing their experiences with the model’s development process, the thoughts underlying its framework and core competency areas, and the ongoing project of professional development resource identification and development.

    In this webinar, our presenters will continue the conversation with a deeper look at the Model’s Conceptual component. The competencies included in the conceptual component provide context for academic advising.  Too often overlooked in training and development programs, the conceptual component addresses the ideas and theories that academic advisors must understand about students, their institutions, themselves, and their environment in order to appropriately convey the critical nature of academic advising to their stakeholders.

March 20, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Building Advisor Competency: Informational Knowledge Component
  • At the request of the association’s leadership, the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model (2017) was crafted by the Professional Development Committee (PDC). The purpose of the model is to identify the broad range of understanding, knowledge, and skills that support academic advising, to guide professional development, and to promote the contributions of advising to student development, progress, and success.

    In our December 2017 Webinar, PDC Chair Teri Farr will lead members of her team in an Introduction to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model, sharing their experiences with the model’s development process, the thoughts underlying its framework and core competency areas, and the ongoing project of professional development resource identification and development. In February 2018, presenters will follow up with discussion of the Model’s Conceptual Understanding Component.

    In this webinar, the Presenters will continue the conversation with a deeper look at the Model’s Informational component. The competencies included in the informational component provide advising personnel with the substance of academic advising. It covers the knowledge that academic advisors must gain to be able to guide students at their institution. When the subject of academic advising comes up, thoughts inevitably turn to the amount of information advisors are expected to know or have access to, for information is the coin of the advising realm!

April 17, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Building Advisor Competency: Relational Skills Component
  • At the request of the association’s leadership, the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model (2017) was crafted by the Professional Development Committee (PDC).The purpose of the model is to identify the broad range of understanding, knowledge, and skills that support academic advising, to guide professional development, and to promote the contributions of advising to student development, progress, and success.

    In our December 2017 Webinar, PDC Chair Teri Farr will lead members of her team in an Introduction to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model, sharing their experiences with the model’s development process, the thoughts underlying its framework and core competency areas, and the ongoing project of professional development resource identification and development. In February and March 2018, presenters will follow up with discussion of the Model’s Conceptual and Informational components.

    In this webinar, our Presenters will continue the conversation with a deeper look at the Model’s Relational component. The competencies included in the relational component provide advising personnel with the skills needed to convey the concepts and information from the other two components to their advisees.

May 22, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 307 Tier Building
  • NACADA Webinar - Using the Academic Advising Core Competencies Model to Create an Action Plan for Professional Growth and Development
  • Throughout this 2017-2018 NACADA Webinar series on Building Advisor Competency, our presenters will share information about the new NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model – the history of its development, the framework that underlies it, and the explanation of the individual competencies.  From the first release of the Model, advising professionals and administrators have asked, “So now what do we do?” and “How can we implement these ideas on my campus?”  In this concluding presentation for the Webinar season, our presenters answer those questions.  As they explain how the Core Competencies provide a roadmap for professional development, they will discuss ways to integrate the competencies into advising practice and develop a concrete, intentional professional development plan.  Whether you are a lone advisor in an academic department, part of a committee charged with designing training and development for advisors, or an administrator responsible for advisor development, this presentation will help you take the Core Competencies and apply them on your campus.
Professional Organizations
UMAE
  • Meetings of the Advisors’ Exchange group on campus provide opportunities to hear about, and provide input into, new policies and processes being discussed and implemented at the University that affect all students and academic programs. This group meets two or three times each term for 1 – 1½ hours per meeting.

  • UMAE General Meeting Summaries
Advising Services at the U of M
  • This course will provide a basic understanding of academic advising at the University of Manitoba. Give yourself 5 - 8 weeks to complete the readings and develop your own knowledge base related to the information that is provided in this course. The course is a self-guided learning experience for the participant.
    Contact Brigitte Wiebe at brigitte.wiebe@umanitoba.ca to obtain access to the course.

  • Find the course at UM Learn once you've obtained access
Past Advising Workshops and Resources

UMAchieve

Career Compass

CHERD Letter of Accomplishment in Academic Advising