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The Advisor - March 2017 Edition

Professional Development for Academic Advisors

By Tamerika Brown

Are you interested in enhancing your skills as an academic advisor and networking with fellow colleagues in the field? There are local, regional, and national professional development opportunities available to you.

Please look at the programs available to learn more about local offerings at Ohio University.

If you haven’t already, consider joining the Ohio Academic Advising Association (OHAAA). OHAAA provides low cost, quality professional development opportunities by bringing advisors together to share successes, challenges, best practices, and trends. Member benefits include a quarterly newsletter, free social events, a free spring half-day conference, and reduced rates to our annual conference!

Choose from these membership opportunities:

  • Regular Membership is $20/year
  • Student Membership $5/year 

OHAAA 21st Annual Conference
June 6, 2017 | Cleveland, OH | Cleveland State University


You should also consider joining your colleagues in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). NACADA provides affordable annual membership fees and benefits, which come in five categories:

Choose from these membership opportunities:

  • General Membership is $65/year – for individuals employed by an accredited higher education institution
  • Student Membership* $20/year – for individual students not currently employed full-time in an institution
  • Associate Membership is $85/year – for individuals not employed by an accredited higher education institution
  • Retiree Membership is $30/year – for individuals who are retired but still actively contributing in the field of academic advising
  • Institutional Membership is $150/year – for individuals employed by an accredited higher education institution that values transferability of membership to another advising professional, should the original institutional member leave his/her advising position.

NACADA Annual Conference
Meet Me in St. Louis: The Gateway to Student Success! October 11-14, 2017 | St. Louis, MO | America’s Center

This great city has much to offer from traditional blues and jazz to great entertainment and dining. We hope you can meet us as we connect at the "Gateway to Student Success!"


The Appreciative Advising Institute  is a four-day event held each summer sponsored by the University of South Carolina's Office of Appreciative Education. This Institute is a hands-on, active-learning filled Institute unlike any other conference or institute you have attended before! You will leave renewed, refreshed, and inspired to help empower you and your students to become your best selves!

Appreciative Advising Institute
July 23-26, 2017 | Boca Raton, FL | Florida Atlantic University


In-progress DARS – Coming Soon!

By Jenny Klein

What is the first thing you do when you sit down to look through a DARS with a student? Do you check off the requirements that will be complete at the end of the term, after they have successfully finished their current course work? Me too!

Essentially, that’s what an In-Progress DARS is – a DARS that assumes that all of the courses a student is currently taking will be completed successfully so that the student and their advisor can clearly see the requirements that remain to be filled. Starting in the 2017-2018 academic year (possibly in time for priority registration for spring semester) an in-progress (IP) DARS will be generated by default when an audit is requested.

Common Questions About In Progress (IP) DARS

Which courses will an IP DARS assume a student will successfully complete?
Classes that a student is currently registered in “RG” will be marked as “IP” (In Progress). Classes that a student is registered in for a FUTURE term will still be noted as “PG”, and will not be marked as completing a requirement.

Will “What-if” DARS also be IP DARS?
Yes, all DARS requests can generate an IP DARS.

Will I still be able to request a “regular” DARS that I am familiar with?
Yes, there will be a checkbox that you can deselect to generate a non-IP DARS.

How will credit hours be reported for an in-progress course within a requirement?
In-progress courses will contribute to the required hours and will report as hours earned. Additionally, in-progress hours will be reported on a separate line, so it is clear how many in-progress hours are contributing to the requirement.

Who should I call if I have a question about the IP DARS?
The Assistant Dean in your college has a lot of experience reading and interpreting IP DARS. You can check with staff in the college office or with staff in the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions.

Is anyone else in the state doing this?
Yes, almost every school in the state of Ohio that uses DARS is using IP DARS.

Academic Advising as Teaching/Learning

By Tamerika Brown

Over the years, there has been much debate on the organizing paradigm of academic advising. Many have argued that the field of academic advising takes a developmental approach, inspiring the term developmental academic advising. Hemwall & Trachte, discuss a different approach using learning as a focal point of the organizing paradigm.

When advising is viewed as teaching/learning, the questions become:

  • What should the student leave the appointment knowing?
  • What is the best way to teach these concepts?

For more info on this interesting topic, please read Academic Advising Learning: 10 Organizing Principles

Global Voices at Ohio University: Advising International Students

By Tetyana Doybyna

Global Voices at Ohio University aims to increase Ohio University faculty, staff, and students’ awareness of the issues specific to international students on campus, their life in Athens, and their adjustment to the American education system. These videos capture international students reflecting on their experiences at Ohio University, the challenges they face, and the benefits of the immersion into a diverse campus community. They also give tips to new international students, faculty, and staff on how to enhance their global experience at Ohio University. For academic advisors, the most helpful part of these videos is the students’ take on culture shock.


Chapman Clapp Award
Nominations Due by Friday March 31

Are you grateful for a colleague who takes the extra effort to make sure all students get the attention and assistance they need through academic advising? You can easily nominate that person by clicking here. Two winners will be selected from the nominees, and each will receive a $500 stipend and recognition at the University College Awards Ceremony on April 19, 2017. Thank you for nominating an outstanding academic advisor! Make a nomination now


Chemistry Placement Test Availability – Spring 2017

The chemistry placement exam will be given from 3-4 pm in Clippinger 194 on Monday, April 10, Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13.  


University College's New Faces

By Tamerika Brown

Join us in welcoming four new staff members to University College!

ebony green Ebony Green, Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Services

Ebony D. Green served as a senior advisor in the College of Education at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit since 2004. In this role, she was responsible for planning and implementing department-wide recruitment, retention, and graduation efforts for undergraduate students. She was also program coordinator for the Pre-Morris Hood Scholars learning community for nine years, which provided support for males entering the teaching profession. Green is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) where she serves on the National Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee and as a liaison to the Great Lake Region V Steering Committee. She was awarded the Outstanding Contributor Award in 2010 from the Wayne State University Academic Staff Professional Development Committee. Green serves as 1st Vice President and Programming Chair of the Rho Sigma Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that develops educational and civic programming for women and youth within metropolitan Detroit. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University, a Master of Liberal Studies degree from University of Toledo, and Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Wayne State University. She also holds an Education Specialist Certificate in Instructional Design and a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from WSU.


Stephanie Breeze Stephanie Breeze, Administrative Associate

Stephanie Breeze joined the Allen Center as an Administrative Associate in November 2016. She received her Associate in Arts with a Social Science Emphasis from Ohio University in 2016 and will pursue her Bachelor’s this coming fall. Breeze has over 25 years of experience in the realm of volleyball in various aspects of coaching, officiating, and also as a student-athlete. There she was able to educate student-athletes and was then inspired to pursue a career helping with student transitions and development in higher education. In her free time, Breeze loves spending time with her family and engaging in all that Athens has to offer. Breeze is excited and thankful to be a part of the Allen Center, as she believes it will give her the opportunity to learn, grow, and help students at Ohio University.


Tamekia Scott Tamekia Scott, Assistant Dean: Academic Achievement

Dr. Scott took on her new role in the Academic Advancement Center in July 2016. Previously, she has been a Director of Community Standards, Outreach Coordinator for Academic Resource Center, Associate Director for TRIO/SSS. She is an alumna of Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. When asked about her advising style, she says, “I am committed to helping students get what they came for.” In her free time, Dr. Scott enjoys dancing with her kids. (Her 'me freetime' is almost anything artistic).


Melanie Tullett Melanie Tullett, Student Success Advisor

Melanie Tullett has 14 years of experience in education, both in higher education and the k-12 environment. She received her M. Ed. from Ohio University in 2009 and served on the faculty of Hocking College for 6 years. There she was an instructor of English, Cultural Studies, and the social sciences as well as an academic advisor. Previously she served as the Diversity Coordinator of a large suburban Columbus school district as well as a High School teacher of English and Cultural Studies. She is happy to be back in Athens where she also spent her undergraduate years receiving a B.S. in Secondary Education, a B.A. in English, a minor in African American Studies, and a Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate. Tullett is excited to be working with students using Appreciative Advising methods to help them achieve their highest potential.