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)


 Dr. Charlie Nutt, a NACADA member since 1991, joined Kansas State University and the NACADA Executive Office in 2002 as Associate Director and Assistant Professor in the College of Education and was made Executive Director in 2007. Charlie served in various leadership roles in the Association before coming to work full-time for Executive Office. He has served on the faculty of the NACADA Summer Institute, Academic Advising Administrators' Institute, and Assessment of Advising Institute. As Executive Director of NACADA, Charlie is responsible for coordinating the work of the Executive Office staff as well as working with the various NACADA units on professional development issues, external relations for the Association, and our International initiatives. 


 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.