Call for Session Proposals

Deadline February 10, 2021

Click HERE to submit your session proposal.

Practitioners and scholars are welcome to submit session proposals for the Advising Academy.  All session proposals should be submitted at the link above by the deadline.  Sessions will be 55 minutes in duration.  Eligible session proposal categories will be accepted in the following areas:

  • Category 1 Policies, Theory, or Framework 
  • Category 2 Advising Special Student Populations - Transfer, First-Year, Specific Disciplines, Student-Athletes, Etc.
  • Category 3 Advisor Training & Development
  • Category 4 Best Practices
  • Category 5 Advanced Case Studies 

Please email regarding any questions.

Conference Registration

Register for the Conference HERE!

Early-bird registration ends February 26

  • early-bird registrations will be eligible to receive a copy of Academic Advising in the Community College by Terry U. O'Banion

Conference Registration will close on March 5, 2021.

Time (all sessions in CST) Session Presenter Session Links will be added closer to the Academy date.
Thursday, March 11      
11:00 - 11:10 am Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Dr. Heidi Leming, Vice Chancellor for Student Success

Tiffany Bellafant-Steward, Director of Advising and First-Year Initiatives

11:10 - 12:15 pm Opening Keynote Address Sara Lipson  
12:20 - 1:15 pm Concurrent Sessions 1    
1:20 - 2:15 pm Concurrent Sessions 2    
Friday, March 12      
8:30 - 8:35 am Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker Tiffany Bellafant-Steward, Director of Advising and First-Year Initiatives  
8:35 - 9:40 am Plenary 1 Cynthia Pascal  
9:45 - 10:40 am Concurrent Sessions 1    
10:30 - 10:50 am Break    
10:50 - 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions 2    
11:45 - 11:55 Introduction of Keynote Speaker Tiffany Bellafant-Steward, Director of Advising and First-Year Initiatives  
11:55 - 1:00 pm Plenary 2 Chrissy Davis Jones  
1:00 - 1:15 pm Closing Remarks & TAAN Presentation    


Resources will be available after the conference

Dr. Chrissy L. Davis Jones

Inland Northwest African American Graduation Committee, volunteers at local soup kitchens, serves as a volunteer coach, tutors, and mentors students of all ages.

Dr. Davis Jones is the recipient of several awards. Some of her most recent accomplishments include the Inland Northwest Business Association20 under 40 award(2019), the American Association of Community Colleges(AACC)40 under 40 awards presented by AACC Women in CommunityColleges (2018); NASPA’s Community College Professional of the Year (2018); Woman of Achievement for the field of Education by the Inland Northwest/Spokane branch of the YWCA (2016); NACADA’s Region 8 Advising Administrator of the Year (2016); the College of Health Sciences Distinguished Alumna of the Year for the Social Work Program at the University of Wyoming (2014).

Chrissy earned her Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in African American History at the University of Wyoming and soon thereafter, her Master of Social Work at the University of Denver in Denver, CO.While working full-time, she decided to pursue her Doctorate degree in higher education administration at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX. She was inducted as a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, and Phi Kappa Phi, the International Honor Society both while attending UNT.

Chrissy is a proud wife(of Mr. Alan Jones), mother(of Titus “Mr.T” Jones), daughter(of Ms. Lee AnnDavis), sister, and aunt who is more often than not recruiting her family to attend or participate at various community events with her. A family of community change agents!

Dr. Cynthia E. Pascal

Dr. Cynthia Pascal is the college-wide Interim Associate Vice President of Students Supports and Director of Student Services at Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) online division. NOVA is the largest educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the nation, serving 70,000 full-time students representing 180 countries. As a result of their commitment to reflection, assessment, and social justice, NOVA was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction and has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award three years in a row. 

When not serving the NOVA community, she is a leader, faculty member, and consultant with NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and the Advising Success Network. Cynthia Pascal is an expert in Guided Pathways and academic advising, computer-assisted advising (LMS, CRM, and IPASS), delivery system models (advising centers, centralized vs. decentralized, faculty vs. paraprofessional, professional advising, and virtual advising), student development, diversity issues and cultural competency, grant writing, legal issues, orientation, retention, faculty and advisor training.

Dr. Sarah Ketchen Lipson

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Study and Associate Director of the Healthy Minds Network.

Dr. Lipson's research focuses on understanding and addressing mental health inequalities in adolescent and young adult populations, especially college students. She employs varied methodologies, including large-scale epidemiological surveys and population-level interventions. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Huffington Post, and on NPR.

Dr. Lipson teaches Research Theory and Design and Applied Studies in Health Services Research, and is faculty director of the Master's of Science in Health Services and Systems Research at BUSPH.

Dr. Lipson completed a dual PhD at University of Michigan in Health Services Organization and Policy at the School of Public Health and Higher Education at the School of Education, where she was awarded best dissertation of the year. She holds a master’s from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University where she graduated with honors.