Winter 2018 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our winter session:

What do you say to a student complaining that they are struggling in a course because they are having difficulty understanding their instructor? What does research tell us? How do experts say we should proceed? This term’s Professional Development workshop will focus on strategies for advising students dealing with, or complaining about, such language barriers.

What: ACAA Professional Development Workshop-Winter 2018
When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st from Noon-1:00 pm
Where: 166 Lawrence Hall

Melissa Baese-Berk, Associate Professor Department of Linguistics
Robert Elliott, Associate Director Northwest Indian Language Institute
Trish Pashby, Senior Instructor II American English Institute

Workshop Focus:

International TAs – or IGEs at the UO – have been a fixture of US universities since the 1970s. There are many advantages IGEs and international faculty bring to higher education, but too often undergraduate students blame their lack of learning on the pronunciation or language abilities of their international instructors. This workshop is designed to equip advisors with knowledge that may help when working with undergraduates complaining about international GEs or faculty .

Topics include:
1) what procedures the UO currently has in place for testing and assisting IGEs,
2) what the research says about “accent” and intercultural communication and
3) what UO undergraduates can do toward finding success in courses taught by IGEs.

ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodman, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar

Congratulations to Ethan Mapes – Recipient of NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Award

We would like to congratulate Ethan Mapes on being awarded the 2017 NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Professional Advisor Award. The NACADA organization has over 1,200 member from across the United States and Canada. Region 8 represents Advisors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon. Ethan’s dedication to undergraduate advising is truly exemplary and we are thrilled that he was selected for this distinguished award from among the strong pool of Professional Advisors in this region.

Scholarship Application for Advising-Related Professional Development

Application Deadline EXTENDED to Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The ACAA is thrilled to launch its professional development scholarship application, sponsored by the Division for Undergraduate Studies. This scholarship program provides financial support to attend advising-related professional development opportunities, upholding a primary goal of the Association—promoting the highest quality of academic advising at University of Oregon.

The scholarship will cover the member registration fees and include a supplemental travel stipend. In order to provide multiple scholarships, full travel and hotel expenses may not be covered by the scholarship.

Scholarship Award Distribution

The committee has allocated $2000 annually to professional development and will be awarding up to $500 per scholarship. Applicants are asked to put together a brief cost estimate, as funding needs vary.

Upcoming Professional Development Events:

Here are a few examples of upcoming regional conferences. Applicants are welcome to apply to conferences outside of this list.

Event: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) Region 8 Conference Location: Portland, Oregon Dates: March 11-13, 2018 Estimated Travel Expenses: $140 (registration) + $65 (membership) + additional travel costs.

Event: OWHE (Oregon Women in Higher Education) Conference Location: Bend, Oregon Dates: January 25-26, 2018 Estimated Travel Expenses: $165 (registration) + additional travel costs.

To apply for the scholarship, complete the following form by November 8, 2017:
We look forward to your applications!
The ACAA Executive Committee

Fall 2017 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our fall session:

Working with Accessible Education Center (AEC) to Support Student Success 

Wednesday, November 15th, 12-1 pm, Education 117

Presenters: Jeff Larsen and Natalie Castro from AEC
Location: 112 Esslinger
Date and Time: November 15th 12-1 PM
Topics Covered:
  • Overview of AEC
  • How and when to make referrals to AEC.
  • Discussion of common disability experiences and related supports including accommodations available through AEC.
  • Best practices and procedures for interacting with students with disabilities including what to ask and what not to ask.
  • How to effectively consult with AEC regarding students who may be struggling.
  • Understanding responsibilities and best practices for those that receive accommodation letters.
  • Opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with AEC advisors.
ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodmen, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar

Fall 2017 Lunch-and-Learn

The ACAA New Advisor Mentoring Committee invites you to attend our fall session:

Thursday, October 26, 12-1:30 pm, EMU 119 – Diamond Lake 

Our theme for this year is Retention and Persistence. Each Lunch and Learn will be grounded in the annual theme. For this first session, we will be exploring and discussing Academic Standing: what it means when your student is on AW, P1, P2, P3 or DQ. Wondering what all those letter and numbers mean? Both new and experienced advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Come lend your voice to this important conversation. We have also scheduled time for social interaction so attendees can get to know each other better.

Presented by Tami Hill and Paige Jackson, Office of Academic Advising, and the ACAA (All Campus Advising Association) New Advisor Mentorship Committee

Food will not be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own.

ACAA New Advisor Mentorship Committee
Elizabeth Raisanen, Paige Jackson, Ry Smith​, Jeff Ransford and Julia Morrill



2017 Advisor Awards Announcement

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards. Advisors from 28 departments across campus were represented and the committee was impressed by the variety of ways students are being advised, supported, mentored and encouraged at UO.

Please join us in celebrating the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards winners:

Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Hayden Harker, Department of Mathematics

Outstanding Professional Advisor:  Ethan Mapes, Office of International Affairs

The award recipients will be celebrated during a reception and brunch on Thursday, June 1 from 8:30-10:00am in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. We hope you’ll attend and help us recognize the extraordinary work underway, all across campus, in the name of our students’ success. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 25. RSVP at


Spring 2017 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our spring session:


Tuesday, May 2
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Education 117

UO’s DREAMers Working Group will present an info session for campus advisors on the topic of supporting the success of undocumented students, including DACA, DREAMERS/tuition equity students, undocumented, and students of mixed status families.

The mission of the UO DREAMers Working Group is to foster the unique gifts and talents of Dreamer students and promote their sense of belonging and safety as they pursue their higher education goals.

Learn more about these students’ experiences and how we can best support them as advisors by attending this professional development opportunity!

Please feel free to forward questions regarding this event to  Dr. Jane Irungu at

Welcome Back and Pilot Announcement

Welcome back, Advisors!

I hope you enjoyed a restful spring break and have a wonderful start of the term!

As you know, last fall we launched several initiatives to support UO’s student success goals, of which many of the initiatives were in consultation and collaboration with campus advisors. One such initiative was to develop an “Advising Syllabus” and an “Academic Advising Preparatory Worksheet” for use with all students who are in their first year at the University of Oregon. This term, the Office of Academic Advising, as well as advisors in Business, Education Studies, and General Social Science departments will be piloting the syllabus and worksheet.

Both documents are designed to help students better understand how campus advisors can help them advance their goals, as well as to help connect students to the multitude of available campus opportunities and resources. We also hope these documents can support advisors by outlining expectations for students and by encouraging students to more effectively utilize advising sessions by preparing in advance.

These documents will be available in hardcopy in the piloting units’ offices, and the documents will also be linked and accessible on the student menu of DuckWeb.  Since you will likely encounter students who have been advised in the units piloting the syllabus, we wanted to ensure you were aware of this plan and its intent.  For your reference, the (downloadable) University of Oregon Advising Syllabus Spring includes the pilot syllabus and worksheet.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the pilot, please don’t hesitate to contact Dana Glasscock (, who is assisting with the pilot implementation and assessment.


All the best,

Doneka R. Scott, PharmD, MA

Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Peer Advising Manager – Open Position – Application Due 4/3/2017

The University of Oregon Career Center seeks a team-oriented professional to lead the Career Center Peer Advising program.
The Peer Advising Manager manages a group of student peer career advisors to support the work of full-time, professional career advising and counseling staff and designs, develops, and delivers all aspects of the Career Center peer advising program; designs a successful drop-in advising model, and performs drop-in advising services to remain current with advising practices. This position also oversees and manages all front desk operations of the Center, becomes an expert in center’s database management tool (Duck Connect) and manages the Center’s stewardship of the UO Guest Recruiting Policy currently under review. 
For more information and application instructions, please visit the University of Oregon Careers Page at: To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by 5:00PM PST 4/3/2017.

Kate Werdebaugh, Associate Director, HR & Administration
Career Center, Division of Student Life
University of Oregon
1408 University Street/220 Hendricks Hall, Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1200

Winter 2017 Advising Forum

The ACAA Executive Committee invites you to participate in the second (we’re on a roll) Advising Forum.

Wednesday, March 15th, 12-1pm, Chiles 125B

In order to foster advising communication and collaboration across campus, the ACAA will hold one Advising Forum each term. Last term, this meeting was well attended and we all benefited by learning about relevant updates. You can see a brief summary of those updates on the ACAA website:

In this upcoming meeting, the following will happen:

  • Brief presentation on relevant advising initiatives.
  • Time for relevant, cross-campus advising updates.
  • Time for expressing concerns and sharing successes regarding policies/procedures that impact the advising community.
  • Vote on updates to the bylaws and changes to the mission of ACAA. The bylaws are attached to this email.


Feel free to bring your lunch. We look forward to seeing you there!
The ACAA Executive Committee

(Miranda Atkinson, Gretchen Hill-Marino, Jamie Hoag Barnett, Jennie Leander, Megan Weiler)