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Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development is important for your personal and professional growth. Consistently investing in yourself enables you to better serve students, stay current in your field, and actively contribute to the advising community at Cal Poly. In addition, it enables you to consistently assess, evaluate, and improve student programs offered through your office. As you grow in your career, your engagement in professional development opportunities changes depending on your professional aspirations. Below are a few ways for you to be proactive in your professional development. I encourage you to contribute to the advising community by presenting at conferences, attending on campus trainings or events, researching current trends in the field, and setting professional goals. Review the websites of professional organizations below, as well as opportunities at Cal Poly, to develop your own plan for professional development.

Professional Organizations

Advising Organizations
Organization Mission/brief info Conference or events

National Academic Advising Association


Association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students. Region 9- March National- October Variety of Institutes offered throughout the year NACADA Webinars

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers


Provide professional development, guidelines and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, and administrative information technology and student services. It also provides a forum for discussion regarding policy initiation and development, interpretation and implementation at the institutional level and in the global educational community. Variety of conferences throughout the year National Meeting in March

Association of International Educators


NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals. NAFSA programs and events
California Collaborative Advising and Counseling Conference Brings educators from California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California together to create a transparent system that allows students to move seamlessly through California's higher education system, optimizing progress to degree completion and eliminating the achievement gap. Typically in October

American College Personnel Association- College Student Educators International


Mission: ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs, policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community. Vision: ACPA leads the student affairs profession and the higher education community in providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning. National Convention- March California College Personnel Association- ACPA events throughout the year

Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers


To provide leadership in identifying and responding to issues, changes, and trends affecting career services and college relations. To serve as a resource for professional training and development of members and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. To develop, promote, and advocate professional and ethical standards and procedures in career services and college relations. National Conference- Typically December Region: Pacific South – variety of events throughout the year Region: Pacific Central – variety of events throughout the year

National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics


NACDA serves as the professional association for those in the field of athletics administration, providing educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking and the exchange of information to others in the profession. Annual Convention- Calendar of various events

National Association of Colleges and Employers


NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks. National Conference- typically in June NACE events throughout the year

National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education


NCORE® is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings. Annual Conference- typically late May- early June

National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students


NISTS focuses on transfer students and bridges knowledge, policies, and practice by bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to explore the issues related to the transfer process in order to facilitate student success and degree completion. Annual Conference- February
National Resource Center The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. National Conference on Students in Transition- Typically In October or November Annual Conference on the First Year Experience- February Institute on First-Generation College Students Institute on Peer Leaders Institute on Sophomore Success

National Student Leadership Diversity Convention


NSLDC is the largest national gathering of student leaders and campus based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging campuses today. National Convention- Typically November Additional diversity conferences throughout the year

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education


Mission: To be the principal source of leadership, scholarship, professional development, and advocacy for student affairs. National Conference- March Region 6- November Additional events and webinars throughout the year
Academic Impressions Academic Impressions (AI) serves higher education professionals by providing educational products and services that help institutions tackle key, strategic challenges. Academic Impressions conferences, trainings, webinars, workshops
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Mission: To provide strategic enrollment and fundraising solutions that support and guide partner organizations to advance relationships, achieve their goals, and fulfill their missions. Various in-person events  Webinars

On Campus Opportunities for Professional Development

Advising Newsletter (coming soon)

CTLT Book Circles

CTLT Learning Communities

CTLT Newsletter

Wellbeing Resources for Faculty and Staff

On Campus Trainings

Academic Advising and Faculty Advising Training

Ally Training- contact Pride Center

Counseling Services

Cross Cultural Centers Event Calendar

Mental Health Training- contact Campus Health and Wellbeing


Undocumented Students Training

Military Connected Student Ally Training

Self Care Websites

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Pixel Thoughts


Rainy Mood

UCLA Mindfulness Research Center

Happiness Journal

Compassion Fatigue

If you have a suggestion of a professional organization, event, or website you would like to share on this site, please email Beth Merritt Miller at

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