The PDD 2018 theme is "Roads to Resilience". This year's committee wanted to highlight the many paths we take to finding resilience within ourselves and instilling resilience in our students.
**Sessions are still being finalized and are subject to change up to the day of PDD**
Session 1 (9-9:50 AM)
Crafting Advisor & Career Counselor Learning Outcomes Veronica Heiskell |Career Counselor, Vick Center Foster resiliency in staff by learning how to develop learning outcomes to recognize the development of your academic advisors or career counselors. We often focus on student learning outcomes, but recognizing how our staff are learning in their roles provides an opportunity for them to reflect on their growth as professionals and may just lead to happier and healthier professionals!
Microaggressions: Teachable Moments & Tips for Addressing Ana Dison |Assistant Director, UT Women in Engineering Program Microaggressions occur frequently and can affect us and our students. In some areas, our students are facing microaggressions too frequently and can force people to leave majors, programs and even school. This interactive workshop session will help attendees learn more about what microaggressions are and how and when to address situations as well as provide practical tips to help students.
Resiliency for the Win: Student athletes and their achievement off the field Tivra Marks| Learning Specialist III, UT Athletics Learning Services Chelsea Schillizzi| Learning Specialist I, UT Athletics Learning Services Marnie Binfield| Director of Learning Services, UT Athletics Learning Services Student athletes have a unique position of being able to build resiliency both on the field and in the classroom. Often students are not aware of their own resiliency and if they are aware of it in athletics, they don't know how to transfer those skills into the academic realm. Our presentation will share some first-hand experiences that we've had with our student athlete population within the context of dialogue to empower resiliency in our students. Come to an interactive workshop to discuss the four keys to growing resiliency in students and practice navigating these types of conversations.
Student Experience Design Eric Carter | Associate Academic Advisor, McCombs School of Business If you haven't noticed, one of the many new buzzwords out there these days is "design". Design is a way of thinking, a way of creating, and a way to problem solve. But while the tech world is abuzz with this process, why isn't there the same widespread excitement to adopt this in education? In this session, we will explore what design is and how you can use this approach in planning your student programming and service structure to help make it a better experience for everyone involved. You are encouraged to bring your tough problems and bright ideas from your work to begin designing your way forward!
Identity Theft University Federal Credit Union Learn fundamental online security tactics you can use to help protect yourself against identity theft and more.
Staff Resiliency During Times of Crisis Beth Andre | Coordinator, Student Emergency Services Kelly Soucy | Director, Student Emergency Services While UT Austin has experienced some newsworthy crisis situations in the past few years, in our daily work we see students in crisis and can experience secondary trauma as well. The objective of this presentation is to arm professionals with tools and resources to recognize when they need help and how to be resilient while assisting students in need, or while personal lives need more attention.
Session 2 (10-10:50 AM)
Back to Basics: Developing Language to Start Social Justice Conversations Krysta Chacon | Program Coordinator, DDCE Tony Vo | Program Coordinator, DDCE Join us for a conversation about communication in different settings. Gather working knowledge and tips on how to engage in social justice focused conversations and learning with your colleagues and students. Learn about resources and opportunities to work with the Multicultural Engagement Center at UT Austin.
From Bud to Boss: Moving into Management Katy Redd | Associate Director for Prevention and Outreach, Counseling and Mental Health Center Jessica Hughes Wagner | Assistant Director, Center for Health Communication This session introduces participants to 8 management tips and techniques that two managers learned along the way (and sometimes the hard way) in their professional transition as managers and leaders in their organizations. Whether participants are aspiring managers or seasoned administrators, everyone will find something helpful in this interactive workshop. The presenters will provide a candid look at becoming a manager and some practical tips for managers at any stage in their career. Particular attention will be paid to the middle management role, moving from colleague to boss, time management, and work-life balance. This is not an academic presentation about management theory; rather, this is a practical, use-these-skills-today work
Improv in the Workplace - Focus on Listening, Teamwork, Confidence, and Encouragement Jo Chauvin | Senior Career Consultant, McCombs School of Business Chelsea Bunn | Academic Program Coordinator, McCombs School of Business In this interactive workshop you will learn how to support each others' ideas, be comfortable with failure (and how to get past it), become a good team member, and use details to create a dynamic story. Jo Chauvin and Chelsea Bunn work with students and give presentations regarding a wide array of topics at the McCombs School of Business. Jo has been performing improv for 10 years, and has been an improv 101 teacher for 3.5 years at The Institution Theater in South Austin. Chelsea performs improv, was an ensemble player in an award-winning sketch show, and is the director of Missed Connections, an improv show at Coldtowne Theater.
Lessons in Leadership: Developing our Student Leaders Morgan Booth | Senior Academic Advisor, Computer Science Department Lisa Valdez | Senior Administrative Program Coordinator, FIG Program Jinane Sounny-Slitine | Senior Academic Advisor, Economics Department Kyle Clark | Program Manager, University Leadership Network Student leaders make up an important part of our campus staff. Most advisors and student affairs professionals have interactions with FIG mentors, peer advisors, student employees and more. Offices across campus continue to grow their peer mentor programs and develop student leaders in new ways. What new initiatives are happening? How can you implement these exciting ideas into your student population? Three seasoned program coordinators discuss their experience developing student leaders, creating training curriculum, and managing mentor programs.
Protect Your Peace: Setting Personal and Professional Boundaries Sara Sanchez | Senior Academic Advisor, McCombs School of Business Discover the benefits and freedom associated with setting personal boundaries with family and friends and professional boundaries at work. Learn how to identify your problems, set limits, contain toxic behavior from others, and regain your power.
Know What You Owe: A Strategic Approach to Understanding and Managing Student Loan Repayment Manuel Gonzalez | Senior Institutional Support Consultant, Trellis Company Phillip Nevels | Institutional Support Consultant, Trellis Company Kasey Klepfer | Research Analyst, Trellis Company Does the student debt from your undergraduate/graduate days seem overwhelming? You're not alone: According to the Federal Reserve, student loans total more than $1.3 trillion in the U.S. Earning a certificate or degree today will inevitably mean incurring a considerable amount of debt. After you graduate, it's important to be prepared for managing student debt in the real world. This presentation will provide guidance/advice for practitioners on basics related to managing student debt, especially their own.
Session 3 (11-11:50 AM)
Develop Your Resilience, Embrace Your Brilliance: Finding Methods to Cope With Stress, Pressures, and Imposter Syndrome Edgar Lopez | Mentoring Site Coordinator, Project MALES Danielle Zaragoza | Mentoring Site Coordinator, Project MALES Students, educators, and professionals are oftentimes overcome by stress and pressure, which can lead to imposter syndrome, the concept of an individual describing themselves as an imposter or fraud in their current success or position despite their earned degrees, scholastic honors, high achievement on standardized tests, praise and professional recognition from colleagues and respected authorities (Clance & Imes, 1978). The presenters will provide resources and methods to overcome stress, pressures, and imposter syndrome in academic and social spaces. The presenters will highlight coaching tools to empower attendees to identify their individual strengths and personal value to improve their performance with more resilience.
Grit Tribe with Career Services Professionals Hon Lam | Senior Career Coach, CNS Career Services Caitlin Von Liski | Career Coach, COLA Career Services Amira Sounny-Slitine | Career Coach, COLA Career Services Alex Smith | Career Counselor, St. Edwards University In this session, a panel will discuss how to build resilience with students by sharing their personal trials and triumphs. Additionally, the panel of career services professionals will share their best practices and tips on working with different student populations. Lastly, the panel will seek to build a community of higher education professionals that will continue to practice grit on their roads to resiliency.
Minority Serving Institutions & What We Can Learn About Student Success Phillip Nevels | Institutional Support Consultant, Trellis Company Sana Meghani | Virtual Student Support Consultant, Treliis Company Michael Johnson | Institutional Support Consultant, Trellis Company This session will challenge cultural perceptions and misconceptions of minority serving institutions (MSIs) by highlighting their assets and opportunities and exploring examples of impactful institutional practices applicable for historically disadvantaged students in predominately white institutions.
The NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies: A Roadmap for Professional Development Ashley Clark | Associate Academic Advisor, Bridging Disciplines Programs The new Core Competencies, based on existing advising literature and best practices, was introduced in 2017 to address the need for a universal standard for advising practice that could be broadly applied in any advising setting. The presenter, a member of the NACADA committee responsible for the development of the Competencies, will provide an overview of the model's three components - Conceptual, Informational, and Relational - as well as examples of their implementation on other campuses around the globe. The session will conclude with guided brainstorming of ways advisors and administrators can apply the Competencies in assessment, training, and individual work with students. Copies of the Core Competencies Guide will be provided.
Using Vulnerability to Create an Environment of Learning for You and Your Peer Mentors Avani Trivedi | Pre-Health Professions Coach, Health Professions Office Malenie Leyva | Peer Mentor, Health Professions Office Amie Tran | Peer Mentor Alum and Graduate Student As current/potential supervisors of student peer mentors, we have an opportunity to influence their lives as pre-professionals while including ways to further our own professional development. Searching for and being open to new and innovative methods to accomplish these is essential. Brene Brown argues that [Vulnerability] is the clearest path to courage and meaningful connection, and has the power to transform the way we engage and educate (The RSA, 2013) In this session, you will learn how to create a culture of trust between you and your mentors by utilizing vulnerability. Furthermore, you will learn how this environment can lead to growth not only for your mentors but also for you.
The Impact of Mobile Technology on Academic Advising and Student Engagement Jillian Kozlowski | Senior Academic Advisor, Student Success Initiatives Daniel Zarazua | Senior Academic Advisor, Student Success Initiatives Rapidly changing technology has led to evolving best practices in higher education, including academic advising. Previously, advisors have relied primarily on email to communicate with students, but this presentation will explore an innovative approach to the advisor/advisee relationship. Data gathered by an advising unit at the University of Texas that has employed a texting platform in a small-scale study will be presented. Participants can expect to learn about specific strategies, recommendations, and pitfalls of texting in advising. Further, this session seeks to provide clarity on how to develop and promote effective practices for advisors in using this technology with their students.
Lunch (12-12:50 PM) Food will be provided
Keynote (1-1:50 PM)
Session 4 (2-2:50 PM)
Advising Portfolio Workshop: Displaying your professional self Amanda Golden | Academic Advising Coordinator, Cockrell School of Engineering Rebecca Silverblatt | Senior Academic Advisor, Cockrell School of Engineering Contemplating a professional transition? Wanting to better document work-related accomplishments? Interested in reflecting on the relationship between current responsibilities and future goals? This workshop will present a new way of compiling your professional story into an accessible portfolio. Whether you are a new advisor developing your brand or are more experienced in higher education and want to better articulate your journey, this workshop will provide the opportunity to explore how to showcase who you are professionally.
Building resilience in students from college to career: How you can help Alison Devlin | Career Counseling Coordinator, Vick Center Veronica Heiskell | Career Counselor, Vick Center Mariah Waggoner | Career Counselor, Vick Center Emily Swanson | Career Counselor, Vick Center Have you ever felt unsure about how to help students who feel like they have failed or are confused about what comes next....and want an answer from you?! Career Counselors from the Vick Center will share tips on how you can talk to students to help them build resilience to navigate the next steps in their major and career decision making.
The Student Affairs Role at Campus Demonstrations Susan Buckenmeyer | Director of Student Activities, Office of the Dean of Students Douglas Garrard | Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Senior Associate Dean of Students, UT Austin An overview of the changes in student activism on campus and the role of student affairs administrators in preserving freedom of expression, supporting students with opposing viewpoints, and ensuring the academic mission remains the priority.
Translating Media Training Tips to Everyday Professional Success Sara Kennedy | Manager of Strategic and Executive Communications, Office of the Dean of Students Media Relations professionals train clients and experts to make their best impression on television and in interviews; this session translates those tips for professionals to use for everyday success.
Why do students drop courses, and how can we prevent this from happening? Emily Johnson | PhD student, UT Austin According to Complete College America (2012), course withdrawals cost the U.S. $6.5 billion each year. Lunneborg (1974) found that course withdrawals meant typical students will take a full one quarter (13 credits) more to graduate . . . What this means for the University is that 7% of instructional costs are lost (p. 25). In addition, Nicholls and Gaede (2014) found a significant difference in time to graduation between students who withdrew from even one course and those who withdrew from none. Clearly, course withdrawal is an issue that needs more attention. This session will present the results of a comprehensive literature review on why students drop courses and offer suggestions on how we can prevent this from happening.
EdTech for Millennial Engagement Karen Weems | Senior Academic Advisor, TIP Scholars Program Cassie Burton | Associate Academic Advisor, TIP Scholars Program Jason Bourgeois | Associate Academic Advisor, TIP Scholars Program The TIP Scholars Advising team will demonstrate how it is leveraging the Canvas Learning Management System to increase student engagement and foster a 21st century advising experience through strategic communication. This semester, TIP advisors created an Advising Canvas for the 2017 freshman cohort. We'll explain the creation process, highlight each feature, answer questions, and facilitate a discussion about how Canvas can enhance the academic advising process. Canvas allows an easy integration of academics and advising by harnessing technology that students already use on a daily basis for classes. Between August 28 and November 30, the Advising Canvas garnered 120,800 page views, an average of over 270 views per student.
Session 5 (3-3:50 PM)
Connecting the Dots: Making-Meaning of the Student Experience Dave Dessauer | Director, Leadership and Ethics Institute Alisha Cahue | Coordinator of Student Leadership Development, Leadership and Ethics Institute Vicki Wooten | Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students A growing trend emphasizes the need for students to gain transferable, marketable skills as a result of their higher education. This calls into question how student affairs professionals can connect the dots between student experiences and the skill(s) developed as a result. This session will review higher education trends as it relates to increased interest in marketable skills. Additionally, the session will highlight resources and practices Student Affairs professionals can use to promote transferable skills through meaningful reflection and applications of learning through experience.
Financially Independent Students and Former Foster Youth in Higher Education - Considerations for Practitioners Amy Hendrickson | Graduate Assistant, New Student Services Kendall Greer | Graduate Assistant, New Student Services Rebecca Marcus | Graduate Assistant, New Student Services This session will discuss research relating to former foster youth and financially independent students in higher education and considerations for practitioners interacting with these populations. We will discuss support programs at UT Austin and nationally that work to support foster youth in higher education and hear first-hand accounts of what it's like to be an independent student navigating higher education.
Tech Talk: Snapchat, Qualtrics, & Canva Laura Jones | Outreach and Recruiting Coordinator, CNS Career Services Morgan Booth | Senior Academic Advisor, Computer Science Department Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley | Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin Yes, that's Canva, not Canvas! Watch a few experts demonstrate new technology, and see how you may be able to use it in your office. A career services office shows us how they use Snapchat to interact with students, a graduate student takes us through the new Qualtrics interface, and the free website Canva offers an easy way to produce graphic designs, flyers and more. Personal laptops not necessary for participation!
The Unconference Session Three diverse topics in one session! Join us for a unique "unconference session," where three engaging topics will be presented.
Effectively collaborating across departments on campus - We're all in this together!
Brittany Palmer | Program Coordinator, International Office
Jessica Luhn | Senior International Student Advisor, International Office
Join your colleagues at The University of Texas at Austin in building a complete guide to creating partners and collaboration across people and departments on campus. There are many instances where either someone else has done a similar project or someone is an expert on a certain topic you need and collaboration would make the project even better. How do we create and maintain these connections in such a decentralized campus like UT? This round table discussion will facilitate conversation on how to connect with people doing similar work as you, create and maintain relationships with other staff/faculty/student organizations, and the challenges and successes you have had in the past.
Job Search with the LAMP Method
Hon Lam | Senior Career Coach, CNS Career Services
Technology and Social Media have made the job search process more difficult and overwhelming. During this session, participants will learn a job search method that will make them more resilient and productive over time.
Tips and Tricks for Attending an Annual Conference
Leah Stoddard | Senior Academic Advisor, English Department
Megan McKay | Associate Academic Advisor, Government Department
Are you nervous about attending an annual conference? Have you even considered attending an annual conference? Well, this is the presentation for you! Fresh off their first NACADA conference, Leah Stoddard and Megan McKay share their tips and tricks for making the most out of your experience. We will discuss the entire process, from asking for approval to attend to debriefing upon your return. Join us for a lively discussion on the benefits of traveling for professional development on a global scale.
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