Proposals sought for 2015 conference on academic advising

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations, workshops and posters for Penn State’s 14th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. Proposals are due not later than May 15, and the submission form is available at Multiple submissions are welcome, but each proposal must be submitted separately.

This year’s conference will focus on “Looking to the Future: The Importance of the Academic Adviser in Higher Education.” Sessions will examine the breadth and depth of the academic adviser's role in higher education and the importance of diverse and intentional measures that support, uplift, challenge, develop and analyze the adviser's work, dreams and growth.

The conference promises a myriad of conversations and thought-provoking presentations led by experts who will guide participants toward a better understanding of academic advising's position on campuses today and the exciting directions the field could take in the future.

Inquiries regarding the proposal process can be directed to conference planning chair Carolyn Jensen, at Other conference details are available at

Conference sponsors are Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate Studies, Office of Undergraduate Education, University Faculty Senate, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies is a unit within the Office of Undergraduate Education. It is Penn State’s largest unit of enrollment for first-year students, leads the development of advising policies and practices, manages the University-wide academic information network and provides general academic advising for current and prospective Penn State students.

Last Updated May 12, 2016