36th AD&D Annual Meeting Schedule At-A-Glance

The Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies is committed to providing quality learning opportunities for its members and other deans, directors, and undergraduate studies professionals. Note our high-level schedule, which follows, will assist in planning your participation in the Annual Meeting.

Note all times reflected are Mountain TimeThe schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
3:00pm – 7:00pm | Conference Registration

4:00pm – 5:00pm | First-Time Attendees & New AD&D Member Orientation

5:00pm – 6:00pm | Conference Opening Session | General Session Speaker: Dr. Linda Maule, Dean - Indiana State University
Plan to join to hear from Dr. Maule, who will share how higher education institutions can identify and remove barriers to enhance success for our students. Being intentional about how we support the holistic needs of students and how we as professionals are identifying their needs are critical as we create an atmosphere where all students can thrive.

6:00pm – 8:00pm | Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 13, 2023 
8:00am – 11:00am | Conference Registration

9:00am - 10:15am | General Session & Keynote Presentation - Keynote Presenter: Dr. David Hood, Provost - Minnesota State University Mankato
Dr. Hood will provide a framework for ensuring that our faculty and staff can create an environment in which they can thrive. The goal is to engage in meaningful work as they support the holistic success of the professionals that lead this work. He will challenge conference attendees to be intentional in our approach to supporting the entire team in guiding our students in reaching their goals.

10:15am - 10:30am | Break

10:30am - 11:45am | Breakout Session I
BEST PRACTICES SESSION - Session A: Reimagining Policies and Practices that Support Student Well-Being | Dr. Daniel Turner, Assistant Vice Provost & Executive Director of Academic Advising – Indiana University Bloomington
College students today are impacted by various factors as they manage life, while being enrolled at our institutions. Mental Health and wellness are critical to the holistic success of today’s student.  Engage in dialogue regarding policies and practices at your institutions that may present barriers to students and discuss how we might dismantle systems as we support the whole student.

FACILITATED DISCUSSION - Session B: Strategies to Support, Develop, and Retain Talent in Higher Education | Dr. Jeff Elliott, Executive Director, University Undergraduate Academic Advising – Purdue University
Facing challenges finding and keeping good team members? In this roundtable discussion, we will discuss the importance of providing professional development opportunities, creating a positive work culture, and implementing effective retention strategies to retain top talent within the higher education sector. By participating in this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of how to support and develop their employees, as well as strategies to retain top talent in their institutions.

11:45am - 1:30pm | Lunch on Your Own

1:30pm - 2:45pm | General Session: Helping Team Members Find the Right Seat on the Bus as We Create Spaces Where Everyone Thrives | Speaker: Dr. Arthur Watson, Executive Director, Transition Academic Programs – Texas A&M University
Do you have good team members, but they aren’t working to their potential? Maybe they haven’t been deployed properly? This roundtable discussion will provide insight on strategies to identify the strengths and aspirations of your team while matching them with roles that align with their goals.  The discussion will include the challenges and opportunities that arise in the process as we work to support not just our students but the staff that work with them daily.

2:45pm - 3pm | Break (with refreshment)

3:00pm - 4:15pm | Breakout Session II
FACILITATED DISCUSSION - Session A: Meeting Students Where They Are: Embracing Technology for Connections | Dr. Jason Bentley, Dean, University College – Ferris State University
Today’s generation of college students are the most technologically advanced of our time and use social media to connect with each other and the world on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. This session aims for participants to share best practices related to engaging with students through technology and social media to share information and reach students where they are. 

BEST PRACTICES SESSION - Session B: Leading from the Middle: Influencing Across the Organization | Dr. Alvin Johnson, Director, Academic Advising – Prairie View A&M University
Many mid-level managers believe that they cannot influence policy, procedures, culture, and other important matters that affect the work we do for student success. Often this belief stems from the erroneous idea of, "If I am not the main leader, my ideas are discounted." No matter what your current position is at your institution, this session will share the latest research and best practices to guide our conversation for developing your skills to lead at every level of your organization.

5:00pm | Dinner on Your Own

Friday, April 14, 2023 
9:00am - 10:15am | Breakout Session III
BEST PRACTICES SESSION - Session A: Bridging the Gap: The Benefits of Summer Bridge Programs and Ongoing Engagement to Enhance Student Success | Dr. Kweneshia Price, Associate Dean, University College, North Carolina Central University
Providing a Bridge experience for all students can be beneficial to set students up for success in college. Engage in best practice with creating a Bridge experience that is engaging, high-touch and student centered that can increase overall student success and retention at your institution.

FACILITATED DISCUSSION - Session B: Ensuring Access for Students with Disabilities | Dr. Kesha Reed, Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs – North Carolina State University
It is critical that institutions ensure they are providing reasonable accommodations as required by disability laws in addition to facilitating training to provide all campus constituents the tools needed to provide universal design for teaching and learning as well as creating spaces that are accessible to all.  Discuss best practices that ensure compliance in every aspect of the student experience to include academic support and success.

10:15am - 10:30am | Break

10:30am - 11:45am | Breakout Session IV
BEST PRACTICES SESSION - Session A: Breaking Silos:  Partnering with Student Affairs to Support Holistic Student Success | Dr. Keenan Wimbly, II, Assistant Director, Academic Services, University College – Illinois State University

Too often departments that should be focused on collaboration to improve student success work in a vacuum, often duplicating efforts or even working at cross purposes. Students do not know, or care, about institutional divisions. They just need help. Explore resources housed in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs that complement each other and strategies to ensure collaboration and positive outcomes.

FACILITATED DISCUSSION - Session B: Faculty and Staff Emotional Resilience in a Post-COVID Era | Dr. Constance Relihan, Dean, University College – Virginia Commonwealth University
While COVID took a toll on faculty and staff alike on every campus, those most crucial to student success now face burnout, exhaustion, and financial concerns. Learn from peers how they are supporting team members and colleagues juggle personal well-being and professional goals impacting student success.

12:00pm - 1:30pm | Lunch, Business Meeting & Election

1:30pm - 2:30pm | Committee Kickoff Meetings - Come explore and get engaged! (Learn more at the registration desk)

2:30pm – 6:00pm | Visit Denver (on your own)

6:00pm | Dine Around (Sign up available at the registration desk on Wednesday; meal not included in registration)

Saturday, April 15, 2023
9:00am - 10:15am | Panel Discussion: Hot Topics with the Executive Board
Panelists: Alvin Johnson, Arthur Watson, and Linda Maule
Facilitator: Kesha Reed

10:15am - 10:30am | Break

10:30am - 11:30am | Takeaway Planning & Conference Closing Remarks



Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the AD&D Office at (844) 705-3293 or email us at [email protected]