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.

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:

Advising Research Group
Advising research is an essential part of advancing the profession of advising and advisors themselves. This new ad hoc committee will explore advising research and provide a venue for advisors interested in pursuing advising research to communicate together. The group will also pursue reading and interacting about advising research.

Advisor Week and Advisor Conference Planning
This group is responsible for planning the Advisor Week activities. Work includes development of events including Advisor Conference, 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.

The Advisor Conference sub-committee 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. 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.

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.

Advising Summit Planning Team
This group is responsible for working with OAD and the advising community to develop the topics covered and plan semesterly Advising Summits.

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 2018-2019. Please watch for a call for volunteers for the 2019 – 2020 year this coming March.