For programmatic questions related to the Advising Academy, please contact: Tiffany Bellafant Steward, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Enrollment & Retention Services

For registration, travel, or logistical questions related to the Academy, please contact: Courtnie Mayo, Coordinator for Student Success

Academy Information

Date: Thursday, February 29 and Friday, March 1, 2024

  • Pre-Conference: Open to College Access Organizations and TBR Institutions.
    • Thursday, 2/29, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CT
  • Advising Academy Day 1: Open to College Access Organizations and TBR Institutions. 
    • Thursday, 2/29 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT
  • Advising Academy Day 2: Open to TBR Institutions Only. 
    • Friday, March 1, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm CT
                 663 Ken Pilkerton Dr
                 Smyrna, TN 37167


College Access Organizations:

College Access Organizations are invited to attend the Pre-Conference and Day 1 of the Advising Academy on February 29. The registration fee for College Access Organizations is $75. You will receive a confirmation email with an invoice on where to mail payment after registration.

TBR Institutions:

TBR institutions may register for the Pre-Conference (optional) as well as the Advising Academy. 


Advising Academy Registration

*Conference Registration is open to TBR Community College, TCAT, College Access Organizations and System Office Representatives Only.



Those traveling from outside the middle TN area who have been selected as a member of their institution's 5-person team will have their name added to the hotel rooming list upon close of registration if selected on the registration form that a hotel is needed. Hotel confirmations will be provided in late February prior to the conference. 

College Access Partners: If needing overnight accommodations, hotel information is provided on the registration page to book a room at the negotiated rate.


Lunch will be provided and dinner will be reimbursed for TBR colleges on Day 1 of the conference and breakfast and lunch will be provided on the Day 2 of the conference. 

**Institutions are responsible for all costs related to team travel for the academy outside of meals provided and hotel accommodations. 

Call for Proposals

Practitioners and scholars are welcome to submit session proposals for the Advising Academy. The deadline for proposal submissions is January 31, 2024.

Sessions will be (1) hour in duration and 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: Advising Self-Care
  • Category 5: Best Practices

Submit your proposal HERE!

2024 Agenda & Academy Resources

February 29, 2024

Postsecondary Aligned Advising Pre-conference

9:00- 9:30 AM   PAA Registration
9:30- 10:30 AM Plenary Opening Plenary
10:30- 11:45 AM Plenary Panel Discussion
11:45- 12:30 PM   Lunch
12:30- 1:30 PM Concurrent Regional Rountables
1:30- 1:40 PM   Transition
1:40- 2:00 PM Plenary PAA Closing


Advising Academy

2:00- 2:30 PM   AA Registration
2:30- 3:30 PM Plenary Afternoon Plenary
3:30- 3:40 PM   Transition
3:40- 4:30 PM Concurrent Session
4:30- 5:30 PM  
Networking Reception & Advisor of the
Year Announcement
5:30 PM   Dinner on your own


March 1, 2024

Advising Academy

7:30- 8:30 AM   SA In-service Registration
8:15 AM Plenary Welcome & Morning Announcements
8:30- 9:20 AM Concurrent Session
9:20- 9:30 AM   Transisiton
9:30- 10:20 AM Concurrent Session
10:20- 10:30 AM   Transisiton
10:30- 11:20 AM Concurrent Session
11:20- 11:50 AM   Lunch
11:50- 12:50 PM Plenary Afternoon Plenary
12:50- 1:00 PM   Transition
1:00- 1:50 PM Plenary AA Closing

Keynote Speakers

Benjamin Castleman

Session title: Put Down the Phones, it’s People That Matter: Evidence-Based Strategies to Drive College Success

In this session we will discuss evidence on both intensive, in-person college advising models as well as on remote advising and lighter-touch student support strategies, and make the case that relational, sustained, and in-person advising approaches are one of the most cost-effective approaches to increase degree attainment among lower-income populations. We will also discuss strategies to deliver intensive, in-person advising given the realities of large caseloads that many community college advisors experience.

Past Conference Resources

Plenary Sessions
Presented by: Jonnika Charlton, Ph.D., Associate Provost of Student Success & Dean of University College, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Presented by: Leticia Wilson, Director of Advising Initiatives, Del Mar College
Breakout Sessions
Presented by: Kathryn Baker, Roane State, Terry Bubb, Volunteer State, Evelyn Moore, Southwest Tennessee, & Michele Wollert, Cleveland State
Presented by: Regina Watkins, Daphne Brown, & Timea Taylor, Tennessee Board of Regents, Pam Carey, Volunteer State
Presented by: Scott Mann, Cindy Sauer, Leslie Cragwall, & Rebecca McPherson, Pellissippi State
Presented by: Madison Dell & Erin Delle, Tennessee Board of Regents, Kathy Coleman, Northeast State, Will Shull, Jackson State
Presented by: Tracey Comer, Ed.D., Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Presented by: Catherine M. Harris, ATR-BC, RYT 200, Art Therapist, Mindfulness Teacher, Yoga Instructor, HeartSpace Wellness Studio, LLC
Presented by: Catherine M. Harris, ATR-BC, RYT 200, Art Therapist, Mindfulness Teacher, Yoga Instructor, HeartSpace Wellness Studio, LLC

Keynote Sessions

Dr. Julie Holliday Wayne: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World: Evidence-based strategies to be more satisfied and successful in key areas of life

Dr. Alison Dubois and Dr. Molly A. Mistretta: The Importance of Self-Care: Addressing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Higher Education

PDF icon Presentation SlidesAcademic Advisor Burnout: Why Is It Necessary to Identify and Address It!

Breakout Sessions

A Nudge to Reconnect: New Perspectives on Outreach to Adult Students (Moreland & Gluek)

RECOVER, This Semester Matters: Interventions to Support Students on Academic Probation (Johnson & Strattion)

High Touch: How Student Communication and Connection Positively Influence Retention (Coleman & Stevenson)

Career Competencies and the Advising Experience

TAAN Membership Meeting


Advising Academy Virtual Backgrounds


Keynote Sessions

Concurrent Sessions


March 11, 2021


March 12, 2021

  • Advising Innovation Panel Discussion (Roane State, Southwest TN, Walters State)
  • Leveling Up: A Model for Professional Engagement (Dr. Michele Wollert and Dr. Victoria Bryan)
  • Student Care and Advocacy Pathways Project (SERS Grant) (Ms. Drema Bowers, Pellissippi State)