Many Fort Hays State University faculty and staff members have recently traveled throughout the state and beyond to partake in professional development opportunities.
Dr. Patricia Griffin, director of the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center, attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, the Global Community for Academic Advising, in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 3 through 6.
Griffin presented the session “Privacy to Practice” regarding the responsible handling and release of student educational information as it relates to appointment scheduling, advising files and e-mail correspondence.
Griffin’s research, “The Written Word for Delivering Advising Training,” a chapter within the text, “Comprehensive Advisor Training and Development: Practices that Deliver (2nd ed.),” was also published in the NACADA Monograph. It highlights the importance of advising manuals in the academic setting to establish rules and guidelines for both the advisor and the student.
Griffin, Nikki Brown, coordinator of the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center, Jamie Kratky, graduate assistant, and Edie McCracken, assistant director of the Memorial Union, attended the StrengthsQuest Educator Seminar, Oct. 20 through 21, on the Johnson County Community College campus in Overland Park.
The StrengthsQuest Educator Seminar introduced the basic principles of strengths-based training and provided tools to help individuals working in higher education encourage students to utilize their unique skills and talents to achieve their goals. Strengths-based training aims to help students build connections through their positive relationships with others and their individual talents to fulfill their academic and career callings. StrengthsQuest is a program currently in its trial phase of use at FHSU.
Faculty and staff members also attended the Kansas Academic Advising Network state conference in Salina, Sept. 9 through 10.
Attending the conference were Griffin, Brown, Kratky, Maggie Denning, coordinator of academic support services at the Kelly Center, and Dr. Robert Moody, assistant professor of advanced education programs.
Moody also presented a session at the conference titled “Collaborative Online Advising: Meeting your Advisees’ Needs using Skype and Google Docs.”
Attendees had the opportunity to attend specific break-out sessions and discussion groups addressing the unique challenges and concerns faced by academic advisors in Kansas.