Getting Involved

The OAD Steering Committee leads professional development for advisors and wants you to know that you can get involved. We invite you to join us in planning events for advisors, working on professional development areas such as conference presentations for advisors, or helping to plan the most important week of the year – Advisor Week.

For descriptions of each subcommittee and information on expectations and policies, please review the 2016 – 2017 Expectations, Policies and Descriptions. To indicate interest, please complete the 2016 – 2017 Subcommittee Selection web form.

If you are interested in joining one of OAD’s committees for the academic year, you may contact Joey Volpe ( or you can submit your selections using our web form submission.


The planning committees of the OAD Steering Committee from which you can choose are:

Advisor Conference
Regularly presenting on topics relevant to advisors is essential to our continued development as advisors. Presenting on campus is the beginning of the development of presentations for local, regional, or national conferences. This group is responsible for developing and planning the Advisor Conference day during Advisor Week and any associated ramp-up or follow-up events. This includes selecting a conference theme, soliciting advisor presentations, organizing logistics, etc. This group will coordinate with the Advisor Week subcommittee.

Advisor Week Planning
This group is responsible for planning the Advisor Week activities. Work includes development of events, solicitation of sponsorship/co-sponsorship, logistics, and marketing of events. Planning for advisor gifts includes picking gift, ordering, assembly of gift and distribution. Responsible for attending events during Advisor Week.

Web/Newsletter/Social Media Presence (formerly E-Newsletter/Weekly Updates)
Communicating in all media gives us an opportunity to engage together in all formats. This group is responsible in part for the social media and web presence with heavy coordination and support from OAD’s Director. This group is responsible for organizing and providing some of the content to ensure that the OAD’s online presence is vibrant, relevant, and reflective of the work and accomplishments of the community.

Brown Bags and Coffee Talks
This group is responsible for organizing small to medium-sized group events other than NACADA webinars. Those events would include presentations and topics-based discussions. One of the primary roles of this committee is developing topics relevant to advisors. The work of the subcommittee this year will be to set a slate of topics, organize the events and moderate the discussion as appropriate.

Networking and Community Building
It’s essential for advisors to be able to meet each other, relax together, and take a break! This group is committed to planning monthly networking and social events for advisors and will coordinate with the Advisor Week Planning committee. This group will take a leadership role in planning summer networking events for Summer 2017. This committee will take a hiatus during March and rather than doing separate events, this group will coordinate with and contribute to Advisor Week’s networking events.

Advisor Common Readings
The Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Readings deliver a monthly series of advisor-to-advisor discussions. The Common Readings Committee’s Mission Statement that guides their work and discussions is:

The Common Reading Committee aims to cultivate a collaborative and student-centered forum for the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices while fostering a sense of community among UIC advisors. This advisor-to-advisor opportunity for continued education and networking includes monthly common reading discussions (“Tuesday/Thursday Topics”).

SPECIAL NOTE on Advisor Common Readings:
We are pleased to also have Advisor Common Readings as part of the OAD Subcommittees; however, the Advisor Common Readings onboards new committee members each spring  semester. At this time, we invite you to participate in the monthly common readings for 2016-2017. Please watch for a call for volunteers for the 2017 – 2018 year this coming March.