Spring 2020 Advising Academy

Advising Academy March 9-10, 2020

The purpose of the Advising Academy is to further the Tennessee Board of Regents Completion Agenda and support the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) by developing advising skillsets in accordance with the data-informed best practices for student success and recognizing that effective academic advising is at the core of student success. This will be carried out through the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research, and practice of academic advising in higher education. With the main audience being higher education practitioners and faculty members, this two-day conference will create a collaborative space that is focused on providing equitable high impact practices that support the proactive advising model and peer mentoring programs at TBR institutions across the state. Moreover, this event will have a focus on providing holistic and equitable support for the students what we serve by identifying emerging needs and ways to improve practices across the full spectrum of capacities required for whole-college reform. 

Institutional teams may include up to 5 members from the following categories: 

  • Professional Advisor 

  • Faculty Advisor 

  • Adult/Reconnect Advisor 

  • Career Advisor 

  • Other Advising or Advising Related Position 

  • Campus Partner 

Event Details

Date & Time: Advising Academy: March 9-10, 2020.

March 9, (OPTIONAL) Poverty-Informed Training: 9am-12:30pm (check-in begins at 8:30am). Note: Registration limited to 100 people first-come, first-served. See linked document for more details.

March 9, Advising Academy: 12:30pm - 4:00 pm (check-in begins at noon)

March 10, Advising Academy: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs (700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067)

REGISTER HERE by February 14, 2020

For questions regarding registration, please contact: heather.brown@tbr.edu   

For questions regarding event programming, please contact: Tee Mitchell, render.mitchell@tbr.edu 

Hotel Information

If you are attending from an institution over 120 miles away TBR will add your name to the rooming list and book the hotel room for you for the evening of March 9th. If you do not need a room you may opt-out on the registration page. You do not need to reserve with the hotel directly. Confirmations will be sent out after registration closes. 

  • Reservation cancellations must be made at least five (5) working days prior to arrival, and a cancellation number must be obtained. If not, your institution will be charged for lodging. 
  • Those traveling over 120 miles and also attending the Poverty Training qualify to have a room booked for them on the evening of March 8th. Please email heather.brown@tbr.edu to make this arrangement. 

Conference Reimbursement 

Institutions with multiple registrants should carpool together. An email will be sent to those attending from the same institution so they may coordinate travel.

  • For a group of 4 or less from one institution: Mileage Reimbursement for 1 vehicle
  • For a group of 5 or more from one institution: Mileage Reimbursement for 2 vehicles
  • TBR will reserve overnight lodging for attendees traveling more than 120 miles one-way. *You will not need to make reservations with the hotel directly
  • Per diem can only be claimed if traveling more than 120 miles one-way AND staying overnight. All meals provided by TBR must be subtracted from per diem claimed. (TBR will provide lunch on the 9th, and breakfast and lunch on the 10th)


 Mr. Jermain Pipkins

Jermain Pipkins currently serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Valley College. In his role as Dean, he provides administrative leadership for the following departments: English, Foreign Languages, Speech, Theater Arts, Music, Athletics, Kinesiology, Counseling, and Dual Enrollment. He also serves as the curriculum and catalog Dean. 

Throughout his seventeen-year career in higher education, Jermain has gained a broad range of experience as he has held positions in student services, instruction, administration, and academic affairs. His experience across multiple disciplines and departments has given him a unique understanding of the inner workings of the community college. He is a highly collaborative individual and his efforts have allowed him to accomplish several initiatives that have directly impacted student success. 

Additionally, Jermain also serves as a faculty member and consultant for the Global Community of Academic Advising (NACADA). He has a successful track record in leading efforts to develop comprehensive advising models and structures. As an educator, Jermain continues to lead efforts that focus on faculty and staff collaboration while promoting student success. 

As a highly accomplished leader, Jermain has led innovative methodologies in the administration of services and instruction in an academic environment.  Leading the efforts to develop comprehensive student success models for multiple colleges demonstrates his ability to be highly collaborative within higher education. 

Jermain has presented at several national, regional, state, and local conferences regarding student success, leadership, branding, advising, case management, student learning outcomes, curriculum, and retention initiatives. He has also received several awards for his innovative initiatives and positive impact on student development. 


 Dr. Kimberly Smith currently serves as Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Initiatives at Virginia Tech.  In this role, Kimberly provides leadership and coordination for programs and services designed to facilitate the academic success of all students. Specific units under her leadership include Academic Advising Initiatives (AAI), Minority Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), Office of Veteran Services (OVS), Student Success Center (SSC) and the University Academic Advising Center (UAAC) which oversees two non-degree granting majors and transitional advising. Dr. Smith has served in NACADA in various capacities including a member of NACADA’s Consult and Speakers Bureau, chair of the Career Advising Community, and serves as a fellow with the Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) collaborative between NACADA and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to advance student learning, success, persistence, retention, and degree completion through a comprehensive, standards-based assessment process to promote excellence in academic advising.