Erin Justyna, director of Texas Tech University’s Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement, will serve as the vice president on the Board of Directors for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.
Erin Justyna, director of Texas Tech University's Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE), has been elected vice president for the Board of Directors for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. She will serve in this position from October 2018 to October 2019.
“I'm honored and humbled to be elected to serve as vice president for NACADA,” Justyna said. “Advising students is paramount to their success, and it has been my privilege to work and serve alongside other NACADA members as the field of academic advising has morphed and expanded over the last decade.”
The international organization is an association of advising professionals, counselors, faculty, administrators and others working to enhance the educational development of students by promoting and supporting quality academic advising in higher education.
“Quality academic advising is a foundation to student success, which is a focal point of our efforts at Texas Tech,” Provost Michael Galyean said. “We are very pleased that Erin has been elected to the leadership of NACADA and will be an integral part of the national discussion about this important topic.”
Justyna has been extensively involved in NACADA for 12 years and currently serves on the organization's Board of Directors and the Professional Development Committee. From 2015 to 2017, she served as the Commission and Interest Group Division Representative, where she led a division-restructuring task force and received the division's service award in 2016.
From 2012 to 2014, she was a steering-committee member of the Commission and Interest Group Division, where she also received a division service award in 2013. Justyna served as chairwoman for the Advising Students with Disabilities Commission from 2010 to 2012.
“NACADA has provided a source of professional development, opportunities to present and publish and an expansive international network that has supported each of my roles at Texas Tech,” Justyna said. “I look forward to continuing my work with the Board of Directors and Council in all the incredible work they do for professionals in higher education and students across the globe.”
Originally from Columbus, Nebraska, Justyna's time at Texas Tech includes the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a doctorate in education curriculum and instruction. In addition to serving as director of CALUE, she also has been involved in advising students with disabilities, teaching and mentoring students returning from probation and suspension, and promoting and facilitating training and professional development of others serving in advising roles.
Established in 1979 as the National Academic Advising Association after the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977, NACADA is a nonprofit educational association with more than 13,000 members representing higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications from all 50 United States and Puerto Rico, Canada and several other countries.
NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students and provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a consulting and speaker service, an awards program and funding for research related to academic advising.
For more information about NACADA, visit the website.