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Academic Advisor Training and Professional Development

WKU Faculty/Staff Professional Development

The Advising & Career Development Center (ACDC) offers various professional development opportunities for WKU Faculty and Staff advisors throughout the semester. All WKU Academic Advisors are welcome to attend. 

The Campus Advising Network (CAN) serves as a continuing professional development series for advisors at WKU. CAN offers a minimum of four professional development sessions per semester, and provides a means of communication for advisors through its listserv

To be officially assigned advisees, new faculty/staff advisors complete a two-hour training covering the Colonnade Program, basic aspects of TopNet, and basic policies related to advising. Trainings are offered on the 2nd and 4th Thursday and the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month in the ACDC computer lab, except during TOP. Contact Marrissa Bryant to schedule.

A day-long Faculty/Staff Advisor Workshop is offered by the ACDC prior to the start of the fall semester. The workshops provides continuing professional development sessions for all types and levels of advisors at WKU.

The Student Success Summit is offered by the Division of Enrollement and Student Experience prior to the start of the spring semester. The goal of the one day conference is to provide a unique opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to discuss best practices and collaboratively develop working strategies related to advising, retention, engagement and student success.

Sharing of course/program information, professional development opportunities, and general advising related information is shared via the CAN listserv. Advisors with information to share can send an e-mail to can@lists.wku.edu. In addition to advisor communication through the optional CAN listserv, all faculty/staff designated as advisors are added to the official advising listserv. A monthly communication with updates and information is shared through this medium as well as any immediate, official announcements. 

More information on training and professional development opportunities for academic advisors, along with other advising related content, can be found on the Advising website. Questions or comments may also be directed to us. 


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 Last Modified 10/22/20