Advising Symposium

Professional development for faculty and staff

Planning is currently underway for our annual Advising Symposium. The symposium will take place on the Halifax campus in the Student Union Building (second floor) from 9am-4pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Light breakfast and end-of-day snacks provided. 

The Advising Symposium is open to Dalhousie and King's faculty and staff on all campuses who provide aspects of advising to students.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Advising Symposium 2020!


9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration and social continental breakfast with coffee, tea, and juice
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Ice-breaker activity
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent session 1
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Student panel
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent session 2
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments and networking

Questions? Email or call 902-494-3077. 

Session Descriptions

Career Advising: What can I do with my degree? (Morning Option 1)

Karen McCrank, Director Career Services, Bissett Student Success Centre; and
Christine Frigault, Counsellor, Bissett Student Success Centre and Student Health & Wellness

We’ve all heard students ask, ‘What can I do with my degree?’ and many of us are uncertain how to best respond.  In this session we will unpack why this question is so complex and how to support students navigate the ambiguity, indecision, anxiety that can arise.  We will discuss the non-linear nature of careers and how students’ discipline of study can be leveraged for a multitude of career paths.  We will introduce tools, resources and strategies to help students identify possibilities that align with their interests, strengths, skills and values and how to manage their careers now and for the future.

Learning Outcomes:
1. To examine the complexity of the current labour market and implications for students
2. To discuss non-linear careers and strategies for career exploration
3. To understand the Self-Directed Career Management framework
4. To identify strategies for advising students on careers though a case study
5. To identify career programs, services and resources

Three-Tiered Faculty Advising: Multi-level Advising in the Faculty of Science (Morning Option 2)

Alison Crepinsek, Program Coordinator, Faculty of Science
Leanne Stevens, Senior Instructor, First-Year Coordinator & Undergraduate Coordinator, Psychology & Neuroscience

This participatory session is geared towards faculty advisors, and individuals who work closely with faculty advisors. Session leads, Dr. Leanne Stevens and Alison Crepinsek will provide an overview of the advising model and emerging advising practices from the Faculty of Science. Faculty, department and classroom level strategies and resources will be discussed and shared, and opportunities for discussion of other faculty advising models will be provided. 

Collaborating with Student Health & Wellness to promote student success (Afternoon Option 1)

Christine Frigault, Counsellor, Bissett Student Success Centre and Student Health & Wellness
David Pilon, Director Counselling, Student Health & Wellness

This session will cover the following:
-The importance of student health and wellbeing
-What we know about Dalhousie student health issues/concerns
-Overview of Student Health and Wellness services
-How to access services
-Other campus resources
-Thinking more broadly about supporting students
-Q & A

Socially Just Assessment of Student Success and Learning (Afternoon Option 2)

Heather Doyle, Senior Advisor on Retention & Director Student Academic Success, Bissett Student Success Centre

This presentation is intentionally designed to dig deeper into the tenants of assessing student success and learning in the advising context.  In addition to considering appreciative assessment, we will also delve into the concept of how we can work to make assessment socially just.

1. Understand the importance of designing goals, outcomes and objectives
2. Discover the link between appreciative advising and appreciative assessment
3. Learn ways to assess student learning as part of the assessment process
4. Consider tenants of culturally responsive assessment