Complete Session Schedule
Map of Station Square
Our Invitation to You
We invite you to join us in Pittsburgh for this year's National Academic
Advising Association Mid-Atlantic Region conference! Co-hosting the event
are Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, and the University
of Pittsburgh. We return to the recently expanded Sheraton Station Square
Hotel, the site of the region's 1997 conference.
Our theme, "The Advising-Teaching Connection," considers the role advisors
play as educators of college students and the affinities between academic
advising and college teaching. Both practices are critical in helping
students to achieve their educational goals in related ways. Many of
the qualities we associate with teaching are qualities that are equally
characteristic of advising, such as helping students develop problem-solving
and decision-making skills, and imparting knowledge. Both teachers and
advisors need to rely on an understanding of the way students learn.
When done well, advising is teaching, and teaching is advising.
Who Should Attend
Full-time advisors, faculty advisors, advising administrators, and other
educators interested in serving college students are invited to attend.
The conference offers professional development through preconference
workshops, presentation sessions, and roundtable discussion sessions.
Topics covered include advising practices, advising administration,
student learning and development, teaching strategies, and advisors'
perceptions of their roles as educators.
On this Website
Scroll down to find more conference details, such as the program schedule,
session titles, special conference events, and registration information.
The links on the upper left side of this page take you to hotel and travel
information, preconference workshop descriptions, and to the online registration
We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!
Carnegie Mellon University
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11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tour of Pittsburgh
Dinner on your own
live jazz, prizes, beverages, and dessert)
7:30 a.m. –
5:00 p.m. 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 – 12:15 p.m.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch w/Keynote Address
Dinner on your own
7:30 – 8:30
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Addressing our theme of the advising-teaching connection will be Dr. Gary
L. Kramer, Associate Dean of Admissions and Records and Professor, Educational
Psychology, Brigham Young University. In addition to having served as
NACADA president, he is the recipient of numerous national and institutional
awards including Researcher of the Year, Distinguished Service, and Excellence
in the Field from NACADA.
Dr. Kramer's address is entitled "Creating a Framework for Advising
as a Form of Teaching."
Dr. Kramer is author of the essay "Faculty Advising As Teaching: A Collaborative
Model," which will appear in the upcoming Anker publication Strengthening
and Reaffirming the Role of Faculty Advising: Key Issues, the National
Data, and Strategies that Work.
If you wish to attend a workshop, please note that space is limited to
35 registrants each. Advance registration is strongly advised, though
walk-up registration will be accepted on a space-available basis. Each
workshop costs $15, except for W-6, which is $50 (as a special 4-hour
presentation by the NACADA national office, and includes a refreshment
break). Indicate your workshop choice on the registration form (in order
You can find workshop descriptions through the link at the top left of
Roundtable Session Titles
"Open Forum on the Theory and Philosophy of Advising"
"Advising and Teaching: What are Best Practices?"
"Teaching First Year Students the Skills They Need"
"Peer Education and Advising: Building a Successful Team"
"It's Not Just the Underprepared Students Who Need Special Attention"
"Helping for Graduation or Education:The Ethical Dilemma for Advisors"
Sampling of Concurrent Sessions
"When Advisors Teach and Professors Advise, Students Winů"
"Advising and Teaching: A Collaborative Modelů"
"Making the Connection: Helping Students Learn How to Learn"
"Humor in Advising"
"Course Overloads: Costs and Benefits"
"Integrating Advising Issues Across the Curriculum"
"Redrawing the Boundaries of Academic Advising, One More Time"
"Getting Freshman Undecided Students Involved with Faculty Members"
"Academic Problem Sets:Teaching Students About Academic Policies"
"Program Assessment: What We Can Learn About Ourselves"
"If Advising Is Teaching, What Do Advisors Teach?"
NEW: Complete Session Schedule
Click here for the conference's session schedule and descriptions of all presentations.
Special Event: Tour of Pittsburgh
If you arrive for the conference early, you can tour our host city, Pittsburgh,
on the morning of Wednesday, April 2, from 11:00 am to about 12:30 p.m.
Ride aboard one of "Molly's Trolleys", a small bus designed
to look like an old-fashioned streetcar. The trolley will take you through
historic city neighborhoods and will visit the campuses of two of the
conference's co-hosting institutions, Carnegie Mellon University and the
University of Pittsburgh. You will also have a chance to ride one of the
city's cablecar inclines to the top of Mount Washington, overlooking downtown.
The "Molly" tour costs $17.00 to be paid in advance with your
conference registration. Space is limited, but on-site registration is
possible on a space-available basis.
Special Event: Opening Reception
Please join us on Wednesday night (April 2) for some relaxing networking,
live jazz, refreshments, and food. We'll be in the Reflections Room, overlooking
the Monongahela River and downtown Pittsburgh. We'll also be giving out
door prizes of gifts, dinners, and admission to the numerous clubs and
restaurants in the Station Square complex.
School Spirit Day
Friday, April 4, will be "School Spirit Day," and we encourage you to wear apparel from your school.
Sharing of Academic Advising Materials
We have a wealth of "best practices" happening in our region, so we encourage you to share with your colleagues items such as Advising Handbooks, Orientation Material, Training Manuals, etc. We will display what you bring on Thursday, April 3.
This year's conference host facility, the Sheraton Station Square Hotel,
was the site of the region's 1997 conference. The Sheraton has a recently
remodeled lobby and ballroom, and has expanded its meeting space. It
also has a free fitness center (with pool) for its guests, and a computer
room with free internet access and printing. The hotel's website can
be accessed from the button link in the left margin of this page.
The Sheraton is offering conference hotel room rates until March 11,
2003. Make your reservations as early as possible, since NACADA's room
allocation may sell out before this date. Call (800-325-3535) and ask
for the NACADA rate of $119/night for singles, $134/night for doubles,
and $149/night for triples.
The hotel is located within Station Square, a restored railway station
on the shore of the Monongahela River near downtown Pittsburgh. Station
Square has more than 30 shops, restaurants, and clubs, all within short
walking distance. Take in some live comedy, a sushi dinner, or a trip
on one the city's famous cable car inclines - there are lots of great
options! Station Square's website can be accessed from the button link
in the left margin of this page.
This information can be accessed from the hotel info link in the left
margin of this page.
**A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: the hotel has its own parking lot with a $20/day
rate; an adjacent lot, a little farther away from the hotel, has a less
expensive rate of $5/day.
If you have accessibility or dietary needs, please list them on the registration
form and contact conference chair Steve Pajewski by
March 15, 2003 (at 412-268-9592 or at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact the hotel directly with needs related to sleeping accommodations.
The early registration fee
for NACADA members is $99.00 and $160 for nonmembers (before
March 11). This fee covers two continentals breakfasts, lunch with keynote
address, several beverage breaks, the opening reception, and program
materials. To register, use the button link in the left margin of this
page. After March 11, registration is $125 for members and $180 for non-members.
A full refund of conference fees will be made only if a written request
is made by March 11, 2003. After that date, refunds of conference fees,
less $25 will be issued. Membership fees will be retained. Substitutions
For program questions, contact conference chair Steve Pajewski at (412)268-9592
or email email@example.com. For
conference registration information, contact NACADA at (785)532-5717
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.