Professional Development

University of Manitoba advisors have access to a number of professional development opportunities and resources.

2019 – 2020 Advising Webinars

You are invited to take part in a series of NACADA webinars that are offered to the advising community in the 2019 -2020 academic year. Each webinar will be guided by a member of the University’s Advising community. We will view a recorded webinar and there will be time for discussion. Please contact Brigitte Wiebe at if you require more information.

NACADA Webinar - All I Need to Know (about Academic Advising) I Learned from...

In The Power of Story: Narrative Theory in Academic Advising, Peter Hagan introduces the concept of the bildungsroman, or the story of a person’s education. As advisors are keenly aware, education and learning can happen in many places.

But what do family dinner traditions, Star Wars, professional engagement, Big Bang Theory, Lego, and travel really have to do with advising? In this fast-paced, narrative presentation, seven advisors from a variety of backgrounds and advising situations will employ stories and metaphor to depict aspects of theory, practice, self-reflection, and professional growth in the field of academic advising. Through the stories of these seasoned advisors, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect differently on what they know about themselves and the work they do to support student success. Topics will include roadblocks that advisors experience when they seek to engage theory to inform their practice, connectedness and community on the higher ed campus, professional engagement to avoid career stagnation, advisors as knowers and sources of knowledge, and more.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include:

  • C3: Theory relevant to academic advising
  • R2: Create rapport and build academic advising relationships
  • R6: Ability to facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal-setting

NACADA Webinar - Academic Advising and Trans Equity: Building Our Tomorrow

The profile of trans students in the United States has been steadily increasing in recent years. New scholarship is being published that offers deeper looks at the experiences of these students and work that aims to theorize about trans identity and higher education. In addition, highly public legal battles are being waged regarding the rights of trans students, particularly regarding the protections of Title IX and concerns of equal access to education from primary school through higher education.

As advisors and administrators encounter these students more frequently, there is a dire need for resources that move beyond “Trans 101”, which often focuses primarily on terminology and language use. Practitioners need information and direction on how to progress individually in their competence working with trans students, as well as guidance on how to influence their offices and campuses to become more equitable for trans students.
This webinar will focus on encouraging practitioners to identify opportunities for trans advocacy work on their campuses. The presenters aim to move beyond a “Trans 101” perspective by focusing less on vocabulary and issues of awareness and directing the bulk of their effort toward identifying changes in behavior (individual) and culture (organizational) that could have the effect of increasing trans equity on campus.

This webinar embeds trans concerns in frameworks of social justice advocacy and multicultural organizational change theory with the aim of presenting social justice as a process to engage in, rather than simply an end point or goal.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include:

  • C6 Understanding of how equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained
  • I5 Knowledge of the characteristics, needs, and experiences of major and emerging student populations
  • I6 Knowledge of campus and community resources that support student success
  • R3 Ability to communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner

NACADA Webinar – A Deeper Look at Incorporating Coaching Conversations into Academic Advising Practice

In February 2019, the Academic Coaching Advising Community sponsored the first NACADA webinar on this topic: Incorporating Coaching Conversations into Academic Advising Practice. Presenters discussed the basic premises of coaching and several models for implementing coaching in a higher education setting. They shared key coaching concepts, relevant research, pertinent video clips, and stories of educators who have successfully implemented coaching on their campuses in unique ways. At the request of participants of that event, our presenters will return to take an expanded look at how coaching practices can enhance the advising relationship and move students forward on their pathways to success.

In this Coaching 2.0 web event, the presenters will address how to incorporate a coaching way of being into a range of advising contexts and timeframes, from one-minute coaching moments to full coaching sessions. Participants will learn how coaching practices can address barriers to completion that have been identified in the literature, take a deeper look at coaching models that were introduced in the first webinar, and hear about the activities and progress of the NACADA Academic Coaching Advising Community.

Registrants may wish to view the videos of coaching sessions that were shared with the Advising Community following the first webinar.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: Coming Soon!

NACADA Webinar - Successful Advising Strategies for Supporting Student Academic Recovery

In our first two webinars (2010, 2013) sponsored by the NACADA Advising Community on Probation/Dismissal/Reinstatement Issues, presenters from a variety of institution types laid a foundation for understanding how we define “students on academic probation,” factors that may place students at risk for being placed on probation, typical probationary policies, stakeholders responsible for supporting students on academic probation, and the role and responsibilities of those who advise them. Webinar participants reacted to these events with appreciation for the information, ideas, and materials shared and requests for additional strategies to assist them in meeting the needs of these struggling students. The Advising Community responded to these requests by sponsoring the development of a Pocket Guide, entitled Advising Students on Academic Probation (2014) and a third webinar on the topic (2015), in which contributors to that publication discussed the good work being done at their institutions to help academically challenged students find their way to successful degree completion. In 2019, a second edition of this Pocket Guide was released which features updates of the original conversation, a new look at holistic approaches to advising these students, and ten new “Voices from the Field” contributions from advisors who share techniques and approaches that are working well with their students.

In this webinar, led by current PDR Advising Community Chair Shantalea Johns and Past Chair Matt Bumbalough, representatives of four of the “Voices” teams will share strategies that are helping their students succeed. Exemplary practice ideas will be drawn from:

  • Probation Agreements and Advisor Meetings at Indiana University
  • Student Success Program at Wayne State University School of Social Work
  • A Three Part Approach to Academic Recovery at The College of Charleston
  • Methods of Assistance at Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Holistic Support for Underrepresented Students Experiencing Academic Probation at the University of California Berkeley

Plan now to join us for this informative conversation!

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: Coming Soon!

NACADA Webinar - Academic Advising for Social Justice: Theory, Reflection, and Practice

In April 2015, NACADA members were introduced to the topic of Academic Advising and Social Justice: Privilege, Diversity, and Student Success in the Web Event venue by a presentation team sponsored by the association’s Inclusion & Engagement (then Diversity) Committee. Knowing that academic advising personnel must understand social identities in order to identify the challenges students face when interacting with various campus systems—but are often untrained in dealing with issues of diversity and privilege—our presenters shared information and strategies that can help advisors form stronger relationships with students, identify specific challenges and roadblocks facing students, and create individualized solutions to increase student success and retention.

At the 2018 NACADA Annual Conference in Phoenix, three presentation teams drew large audiences and rave reviews when they took this conversation to a deeper level. Members of those teams have combined to bring the conversation to our Web Event platform. In this webinar, our presenters will challenge participants to engage in critical reflection about themselves and the profession to better understand how we can hear our students lived experiences and work towards being the best possible allies for them. Are there ways in which we unwittingly contribute to the maintenance of oppressive systems that do not serve all students equitably? How can we process our discomfort as a participant in oppressive systems? The presenters will examine the role of emotionality for both advisors and students in this important dialogue, discuss contemporary advising approaches, and explore the concept of counternarratives as a means to work towards social justice in advising. They will offer frameworks in which advisors’ convictions and practices can align to disrupt oppressive systems and place social justice at the forefront of our work.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: Coming Soon!

NACADA Webinar – Blunt Empathy: Skills and Techniques for Delivering Unwanted News in Academic Advising Situations

In a 2010 NACADA web event, Jose Rodriguez and Susan Kolls first addressed the topic of Breaking Bad News to students in the webinar venue, sharing their thoughts on delivery techniques that help students make good alternative choices. This early online event drew a large audience and was well received by participants in the live venue, was a top seller for five years on CD, and has garnered over 1,600 hits since it was placed on the NACADA YouTube channel.

At NACADA’s 2018 Annual Conference in Phoenix, a presentation team from Brigham Young University took a fresh look at this topic with a presentation entitled Blunt Empathy: Delivering Unwanted News Doesn’t have to be an Awkward Middle School Dance. This presentation drew a large audience of conference attendees, who rated it highly and recommended that it be brought into other association venues.

The high level of interest in this topic over time is not surprising. Delivering unwanted news to students in a clear, effective, and supportive manner weighs heavily on the minds of advisors in higher education. It can be difficult to clearly communicate consequences, obstacles, realities, and options while maintaining trusting relationships. Although models for this process exist in areas such as healthcare and human resources, what about in academic advising situations? How can advisors convey necessary information in ways that don’t cause students to turn away?

Drawing from their varied experiences in academic standards, limited enrollment programs, international services, and admissions, this BYU presentation team will share personal experiences with delivering unwanted news and will model and explore techniques for delivering this news effectively. Tools such as empathy, helping skills, and confrontation skills will be considered. Finally, the presenters will consider what to do if these techniques and tools do not help a particular advisor/student relationship.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: Coming Soon!

Professional Organizations

    Meetings of the Advisors' Exchange group on campus provide opportunities to hear about, and provide input into, new policies and processes being discussed and implemented at the University that affect all students and academic programs. This group meets two or three times each term for 1 – 1½ hours per meeting.

    UMAE General Meeting Summaries
Advising Services at the U of M

This course will provide a basic understanding of academic advising at the University of Manitoba. Give yourself 5 - 8 weeks to complete the readings and develop your own knowledge base related to the information that is provided in this course. The course is a self-guided learning experience for the participant.

Contact Brigitte Wiebe at to obtain access to the course.

Find the course at UM Learn once you've obtained access

Past Advising Workshops and Resources


Career Compass

CHERD Letter of Accomplishment in Academic Advising