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.

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


2016 Outstanding Advisor Award winners

BothThe UO All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) held its third annual awards ceremony on May 25 to recognize and celebrate excellence in undergraduate advising and the positive impact exceptional advising and mentoring has on the undergraduate student experience at the University of Oregon. This year’s honorees included Outstanding Faculty Advisor award recipient Dr. Alisa Freedman, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures; and Outstanding Professional Advisor award recipient Miranda Atkinson, Assistant Director of Student Services and a career and academic advisor in the School of Journalism and Communication. See the following link to read more about this year’s recipients and the award program:

2014 Excellence in Advising Award Winners

J. Josh Snodgrass and Kimberly Rambo-Reinitz were recognized with the inaugural University of Oregon Excellence in Advising Awards during a May 27th awards reception. Dr. Snodgrass, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, received the Oustanding Faculty Advisor Award, and Ms. Rambo-Reinitz, assistant director of academic advising in the Lundquist College of Business, received the Oustanding Professional Advisor Award. See the following link to read more about this year’s recipients and the award program:

ACAA winter term professional development opportunities

Upcoming ACAA winter term events

  • Professional Development Session: Wednesday, February 5th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, EMU Fir Room

Join the UO All-Campus Advising Association on Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00 pm in the EMU Fir Room to hear from Daniel Pascoe-Aguilar, the Director of the Career Center. Daniel will share the Career Center’s newly revised approach to career development for UO students and alumni, overviewing the center’s resources for major/career decision making and internship/job preparation, as well as how students can get the most from their services.

  • Professional Development Session and Business Meeting: Week 10, Location and time TBD

Miranda Atkinson, the Assistant Director of Student Services in the School of Journalism, will be presenting her NACADA Best of Region presentation on Motivational Interviewing. This session will help attendees understand the theory behind Motivational Interviewing, learn and practice key Motivational Interviewing skills, and determine appropriate applications in academic advising.

ACAA events are open to all members of the UO community with an interest in advising.

Upcoming ACAA Events in December

The UO All-Campus Advising Association is pleased to announce the following events in December

Professional Development Session and Business Meeting: December 3, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Join the UO All-Campus Advising Association on Tuesday, December 3 at 11:00 am in the Knight Library Collaboration Center (Room 122) to hear from the Service-Learning Program Director, Deanna Chappell Belcher.  The Service-Learning Program engages the university and the broader community in partnerships to create educational programs for students, promote leadership through service, foster and promote inclusive environments, and advance social justice and civic engagement.  This session will provide an overview of the program, projects that students have been involved with, class options, and what advisors should know to help students get connected.

This session will also be followed by an ACAA business meeting from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. 

Winter Social: December 5, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

The All-Campus Advising Association would like to invite you to the first ACAA Winter Social. It will take place on Thursday, December 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Many Nations Longhouse. Bring a dessert to share, and come celebrate the end of fall term with food, conversation, and good cheer!

We hope to see you there!

Seats Available in fall term Music Arts & Letters Courses

Questions regarding the following information should be directed to Alli Bach, undergraduate academic advisor in the School of Music and Dance at

Several seats are still available in the following Arts & Letters group-satisfying courses offered by the School of Music and Dance:

MUS 125 – Understanding Music (AL)

MW 1200-1320

CRN 15294

MUS 264 – Rock History 1950-1970 (AL, AC)

MW 1000-1150

CRN 15346

MUJ 350 – History of Jazz 1900-1950 (AL, AC)

MW 1400-1550

CRN 14840

Update on AEIS advising and courses

Questions regarding the following information should be directed to the AEIS Advising Office (7 Pacific Hall) or

Announcing a change in the AEIS Program

Since the inception of the AEIS program, the Office of International Affairs has taken on the responsibility of advising international students about their AEIS requirements. This year, for the first time, that responsibility has shifted to the American English Institute. Six career-track faculty members will be working to insure ail-day coverage in the new AEIS Advising Office, located in 7 Pacific Hall beginning the week of Sept. 23. Students will be able to drop in or make appointments by contacting:

What is AEIS?

Academic English for International Students (AEIS) is a program designed to help international students improve proficiency in English for academic purposes. For a more complete description of the program, please visit the AEIS website: http://

Who should take the AEIS placement test?

All new undergraduate international students are required to take the AEIS placement test except for the following:

  • Students whose first language in English
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university
  • Exchange or sponsored students who are not seeking a degree from the UO

Students whose placement test indicates they need AEIS courses must complete them within their first academic year at the University of Oregon, and must complete all their required AEIS courses before taking WR121. Successful completion of AEIS courses is a mandatory graduation requirement.

Who takes AEIS courses?

All new international students must satisfy AEIS requirements upon enrolling at the University of Oregon. Students who enter the UO with one of the following qualifications will have satisfied the requirement:

  • Students whose first language is English
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university
  • Exchange or sponsored students who are not seeking a degree from the UO
  • Undergraduate students with TOEFL scores of 575 (88 IBT, 7 IELTS) Graduate students with TOEFL scores of 575 (88 IBT, 7 IELTS) or above

AEIS in the Degree Audit

The Registrar’s Office has allowed for students admitted Fall, 2012 and after to have their AEIS requirements listed on their degree audit. The degree audit will tell you what a student’s AEIS requirements are. If a student has questions about their remaining courses, they should contact the AEIS Advising Office and schedule an appointment. Degree audits can be accessed through Duckweb.

What to tell a student if AEIS courses are full

AEIS is facing space constraints and high student numbers. Please encourage students to continue to check space availability on Duckweb until the last day to add (Oct. 9). Many registered students exempt from their AEIS requirements as a result of in-class assessments on day one, and subsequently drop courses, opening space for other students to register. It is important to encourage students to take AEIS classes as soon as they become available. When AEIS classes fill up, students worry about completing their courses within the one-year requirement. Our office will actively follow up with students who have not completed their AEIS classes within one year and work with them to ensure that they can finish their requirements as soon as possible. This will help students be better prepared to succeed academically, and will also help alleviate future space constraints.