Category: Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Seventh Annual Advisor Week (March 25th – 29th)- save the dates!

The OAD Advisor Week Planning Team is excited to about our plans for this year’s Seventh Annual UIC Advisor Week during spring break (March 25th – 29th)!

Don’t miss the 14+ events we’re planning for you! Here’s some highlights of some of our events and activities:

Advisor Conference – watch for the call for proposals for this set of advisor-to-advisor presentation sessions!

Poster without the Poster – now the kickoff event of Advisor Conference, start thinking about what you would like to present at this discussion table event – it’s essentially a conference poster session…without the posters!

UIC Hits it Out of the Park Baseball Game and Networking Event – yes, the men’s baseball team has a game and this will be our kickoff networking event! We’re so excited about this fun time at Curtis Granderson Stadium!

Pottery Painting with Creativita – an annual favorite, we’ll be doing pottery painting again!

West Side Amazing Race – we’re bringing back this fun event that provides a really exciting and interesting way to learn about our west campus. Many thanks to our west side colleges for all of their efforts here!

Student Success Research Lecture with an Advising Workshop – we’re looking forward to bringing you a Student Success Research Lecture as the first part of a two-part event. An advisor-based workshop/discussion about the impact of the research within advising practice will directly follow the Student Success Research Lecture, which are always informative and though provoking!

Please begin thinking about what you would like to propose for a conference proposal or a table discussion! You will see the call for proposals for both out within the next few weeks!

Happy Spring 2019!

For questions, contact the OAD Advisor Week Planning Team – Joey will let them know what questions you have if you email her at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Would you like to join OAD in planning advisor professional development activities? Join one of OAD’s subcommittees for Spring 2019!

Have you had a chance to attend some of our events this past fall? Have you been looking to get involved on campus and to help shape professional development for our advising community?

If so, we want you to contribute! The OAD Steering Committee plans a range of professional development activities for advisors and much of our work is centered in our subcommittees. We’re open for volunteers at any time throughout the year so there is still time to join us for Spring 2019.

OAD’s Subcommittees are:

Advising Research Group
Advisor Week Planning
Brown Bags and Coffee Talks
Advising Summit Planning Team
External Conference Participation and Presentations

For descriptions of each subcommittee including the scope of work, please review our Getting Involved page. Included there is also the 2018 – 2019 Expectations, Policies and Descriptions outlined by the OAD Steering Committee.

To indicate interest, please email Joey Volpe ( Although you can join at any time, ideally we would like to know of your interest in joining us by Friday, January 18th.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD Spring 2019 – Save the Dates for Summit, Advisor Week, TT Common Readings, and more!

As we break for the winter holidays and some time for rest and relaxation, we want you to keep in mind all of the exciting, informative, and fun things OAD Steering Committee is planning for you!

Save these dates in your calendar for Spring 2019:

  • January 29th – Tuesday/Thursday Topics Common Readings at 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. LIB I-470
  • February 22nd – Spring 2019 Advising Summit being held 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location TBD
  • *We’re going back to the morning for this spring folks! But don’t fret, we’re still networking that evening!
  • February 22nd – Winter Warm-Up Post-Summit Networking Event, 5:00 p.m. – A local establishment around UIC…
  • March 26th – 29th – ADVISOR WEEK – 14+ events that you won’t want to miss – if you’ve never been, ask your fellow advisors and make sure to keep your calendars open if you can!

We’ll be getting you more information as we begin the Spring 2019 term and we’re looking forward to developing and learning together with you this spring!

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: New M.Ed in Urban Higher Education and a special course for Spring 2019!

New Higher Education Course for Spring 2019  – EDPS 594 “Student, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Urban Higher Education” Download the flyer to share! 

See the update below on the new M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education:

The M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education proposal was approved by the Educational Policy Studies department, and this fall the proposal was approved by the College of Education Educational Programs and Policy Committee. The proposal will now move through the approval process at the UIC campus, University, and Illinois Board of Higher Education levels.  If approved at all levels, we plan to admit our first class of M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education students in the Fall semester of 2019.

The M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education is a 36-hour program that has a 20 hour set of core required courses.  The program’s urban focus will give it a unique perspective in comparison with leading programs throughout the country.  This program will explore issues within the academy related to, and informed by, the urban context.  Given the program’s urban and leadership focus, six key themes guide the program:

  • The urban context is key and underscores an emphasis on specific complex challenges and opportunities
  • Building and maintaining equity and authentic diversity in higher education is essential
  • Everyone in the organization is a leader, change agent and advocate who contributes to the continued improvement and advancement of the institution
  • Principled leadership and ethical behavior are the foundation for sound professional practice
  • Teamwork and collaboration are crucial for continuous organizational improvement and advancement
  • Best practice in higher education requires evidence-based and data-informed decision-making


Through 16 hours of elective courses, students may choose an area of emphasis in (1) Leadership, Governance, Organization and Policy, or (2) Institutional Research for Decision Making.  Ideally, students will begin with the Urban Higher Education Organization and Context course as an introductory seminar and complete the program with the internship (if needed) and culminating seminar, designed to help students make connections between their professional interests and academic studies, and between theory and practice.  Students may take the remaining core courses and 16 hours of elective/area of emphasis courses as their schedules allow.  If you have interest in learning more about the proposed program, please contact me at

Please note that I have also included a flyer for a higher education focused course that will be offered this Spring 2019 term by Dr. Mark Martell.  If you are not a current UIC student and would like to register for the course, please contact Claire Grimmenga at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: REMINDER – RSVP by this Tuesday 12/11 for our three OAD Winter Advisor Week Preview events!

The Advisor Week Planning Team and OAD Steering Committee is bringing you a Winter Advisor Week preview during finals week (12/12 and 12/14) and RSVP’s are available! We want you to join us…RSVP by Tuesday, December 11th!

We’ve got a little bit of everything – a NACADA webinar, an interactive Developing Your Philosophy of Advising Workshop, and a FUN Winter Celebration Networking Event!

Mark your calendars for:

“NACADA Webinar Recording- Academic Advising in their Language: Communicating with Today’s Students” on Wednesday, December 12th 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (Location – 2750 UH)

“End of Semester Winter Celebration Networking Event” on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:15 p.m. (Location – Little Joe’s) – We’re celebrating at this classic Taylor Street gem! *Join us for some yummy food and beverages. Make sure to wear your ugly sweater!

“Developing Your Philosophy of Advising Workshop” on Friday, December 14th 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Location – East Campus – Honors College Conference Room)

For those of you who haven’t yet experienced Advisor Week, this will be a great preview to our week held during spring break every spring. This year we’re planning to have 15+ events – you don’t want to miss it!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Banner 9 Graduation Processing Trainings provided by OSSS – open for sign up!

OSSS is offering training classes specifically for Banner 9 Graduation Processing.  Training will be held:

November 27 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
November 27 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
November 28 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
November 28 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
December 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
December 3 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

You can sign up for the classes in the portal (  Click on the Advisors tab.  In the OSSS application portlet, there is a link to sign up for the classes.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Call for Committee Members for Honors College Scholarships!

Committee Opportunity – Honors College Scholarships

Each semester, the Honors College offers tuition awards to continuing Honors College students in good standing and to high-achieving new transfer students. These students represent all degree-granting colleges at UIC. The College is seeking individuals who would be interested in reviewing applications to select recipients for these awards for the Spring 2019 semester.

Time commitment: There will be one in-person committee meeting to select recipients (1-2 hours), but the review process can be completed remotely. Attending the meeting is encouraged, but not required. Committee members can request a number of applications that fits their schedule, ideally 10-25. These applications are collected via SnAP and include 4 short answer questions. A rubric with additional guidelines accompanies each application.

Anticipated timeline: The review period for the Tuition Award will begin in late November and end in mid-December or early January; the review period for the Transfer Merit Award will begin in early/mid-December and end in early January.

If you are interested in reviewing applications for either or both awards, or if you have questions, please do contact Julianne Angeli,

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Office of the Dean of Students-Focus Groups beginning this November! Join us.

The Office of the Dean of Students will be conducting focus groups at various locations around campus
(east and west). We want to hear from you and learn about which resources have been beneficial and
your opinions on what resources should exist to support success at UIC.
When you think about the resources UIC provides to students, what comes to mind? Are they resources about academics, transitioning to college, or accessing mental health services? Or are they about supporting student
growth and care er aspirations? What are your needs within your role at UIC? How can we modify our
outreach efforts in order to make these resources more accessible to the UIC Community?
Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff, we want to know your thoughts and opinions about what
has been a source of support and information.
Lunch will be provided. Limit 5 people per focus groups. Location will be based on which date is chosen.
Please email if you are interested in participating and would like to learn about the
location and dates.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: November TT Advisor Common Reading Discussion “Advising Millenials” being held THIS THURSDAY – November 15th!

Join us for the last Tuesday/Thursday (TT) Common Reading discussion of the Fall 2018 semester Thursday, November 15, 2018. We hope to see you there!

Topic: Advising Millennials

Article: In Their Own Words: Best Practice for Advising Millennial Students about Majors

To retrieve the article, go to:

Discussion Leader: Kevin Price

Teaser Question: With what major did you start undergrad and what was your major(s) when you graduated?

Synopsis:  This article examines Millennials and provides some recommendations to work with this generation, broken down by, “common Millennial characteristics.” Millennial students a) need individual attention from their advisor, b) prefer clear guidance with regard to fulfilling major requirements (e.g., course requirements), c) may have overly optimistic visions of their future career options, d) rely on their parents for support but also feel pressure by them, e) prefer majors or careers in which they can feel like they are part of the community, and f) may have negative reactions to failure.

The Office for Advising Development will provide treats and drinks, but feel free to bring your lunch.

Questions or comments? Email co-chairs Alex Sainvilier at and Kevin Price at


The Advisor Common Reading Committee

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SAVE THE DATES – Winter Advisor Week Events 12/12 and 12/14!

The Advisor Week Planning Team and OAD Steering Committee is bringing you a Winter Advisor Week preview during finals week (12/12 and 12/14) – save the dates!

We’ve got a little bit of everything – a NACADA webinar, an interactive Create Your Philosophy of Advising Workshop, and a FUN Winter Celebration Networking Event!

Mark your calendars for:

“NACADA Webinar Recording- Academic Advising in their Language: Communicating with Today’s Students” on Wednesday, December 12th at 12:00 p.m. (Location – TBD)

“End of Semester Winter Celebration Networking Event” on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:00 p.m. (Location – one of our great local establishments) *Make sure to wear your ugly sweater!

“Developing Your Philosophy of Advising Workshop” on Friday, December 14th at 11:00 a.m. (Location – TBD)

For those of you who haven’t yet experienced Advisor Week, this will be a great preview to our week held during spring break every spring. This year we’re planning to have 15+ events – you don’t want to miss it!