GTAAN Virtual Best Practices Conference 2021

2021 GTAAN Virtual Best Practices Conference


What is a "Best Practices" Conference?

GTAAN's goal is to help advisors share their best practices for creating efficient and effective academic advising systems. Please join us virtually this year to learn how colleges and universities in Georgia and beyond are reaching students through innovative advising strategies.

COVID-19 brought us countless challenges over the last year since having to shift to virtual advising models. However, these challenges have also brought us opportunities! Academic advising and student services have taken on a completely new life in a virtual world, and some things are here to stay.

With this year's theme, Re-envisioning Collaboration & Community in Advising: Building Virtual Bridges, we hope to capture the spirit of this new era of virtual student services.

GTAAN's Virtual Best Practices Conference provides a collaborative space to share ideas and is also a great opportunity to safely network with and learn from student affairs professionals at other institutions!

The Georgia Tech Academic Advisors Network (GTAAN) normally hosts this annual Best Practices Conference at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business in Midtown Atlanta. However, as with many things in 2021, GTAAN is taking Best Practices virtual! You do not have to work at Georgia Tech to attend or present at the Best Practices Conference!

2021 Keynote Speaker - 9:10AM EST via Zoom

Dr. Melinda J. Anderson, Ed.D

GTAAN is excited to welcome Dr. Melinda J. Anderson as our Keynote Speaker for the 2021 GTAAN Best Practices Conference on May 25th!

Dr. Melinda J. Anderson has worked in higher education for over 19 years to include various roles in academic and student affairs. Her passion and commitment to student success has propelled her to operate in many different capacities with a focus on student transitions, persistence and retention. 

Dr. Anderson has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. As Executive Director of NACADA, she will be responsible for coordinating the work of the Executive Office staff as well as working with the various NACADA units on professional development issues and external relations for the Association. She will also hold a teaching position in the College of Education at Kansas State University’s Leadership in Academic Advising doctoral program.

Dr. Anderson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a Master’s in Adult Education. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration, from the College of William and Mary. She is originally from Northern Virginia and currently lives with her husband, Chris, and two amazing children, Ashley and Caleb in Chesapeake, VA.

Here is what past participants had to say about their "Best Practices" experience...

"I walked away with a new sense of commitment to uplifting students, my co-workers and myself."
"I found it to be a wonderfully positive learning experience."
"I want to thank you for inviting me to present and a wonderful conference. This was my 2nd year presenting at GTAAN and I definitely plan to continue my involvement. Everyone was incredibly nice, welcoming, and warm. Breakfast and lunch was perfect. Many thanks to you and your colleagues."
"I wanted to thank you for making my registration process run so smoothly. I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the day. Every session I attended was interesting and informative, and I especially enjoyed both of the special speakers."

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