Meet the 2017 Drive-In Conference Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jodi Linley

Jodi Linley is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa. Her longstanding higher education career and current research agenda center on issues of leadership, equity, and multiculturalism. Her work experience includes 13 years of higher education and student affairs leadership, including coordinating new student orientation, directing an undergraduate STEM research program for underrepresented students of color, coordinating communications for an National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, and assisting the Association of American Universities on their Undergraduate STEM Education reform initiative. In addition to her work experience, Linley is deeply committed to service. Her volunteer experiences include designing and implementing an extended orientation for students of color and first-generation students at the University of Iowa, designing and facilitating multicultural education workshops, and serving on the Women’s Resource and Action Center Advisory Board, to name a few.

Dr. Linley earned her doctorate in 2015 in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University, where she wrote a dissertation about the ways minoritized college student leaders make meaning of the difference between the diversity messages they are expected to com-municate and their lived experiences on campus.  Her dis-sertation was nominated for the ACPA Dissertation of the Year Award and you can find her research articles about this topic in upcoming issues of the Journal of College Student Development. She is also a researcher with the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success and publishes research about LGBTQ+ college students from an anti-deficit perspective.

2017 IowaAAN Drive-In Conference Concurrent Session Schedule

Concurrent Session #1 – 10:25 – 11:25 a.m.

  • A Conversation with Jodi Linley
  • Military-Friendly Advising: Strategies for a More Inclusive Advising Environment
    Rachel Ruane and Norman Ferguson, Jr.   University of Northern Iowa
  • All Ears and All In: Listening as the Essential Skill for Inclusive Advising
    Ella Bowers and Jessie Stewart   Colorado State University

Concurrent Session #2 – 1:10 – 2:10 p.m.

  • Unfamiliar Waters: Blue-Collar Assumptions, White-Collar Colleges
    Matt Sprengeler and Whitney Riggs   Des Moines Area Community College
  • Igniting Passion and Enhancing Community Through a Sophomore Mentor Program
    Liz Harris and Jamie Beyer   Iowa State University
  • Bridging the Gap for Transfer Students with Intentional Programming Methods
    Janessa Boley, Tonia Baxter, and Alyssa Mittleider   Iowa State University
  • Checking your Privilege and Using Inclusive Language in your Office*
    Christen Brodbeck, University of Northern Iowa and Ieshia Brown, Wartburg College

Concurrent Session #3 – 2:20 – 3:20 p.m.

  • Incorporating the Cognitive Science of Learning into Advising Conversations
    Belinda Backous   Grinnell College
  • Advising First-Generation and Low-income College Students
    Carolyn Deven, Katie Flannery, and Jarrel Johnson   Iowa State University
  • Meeting the Needs of Students in an Exploring Living Learning Community*
    Madison Twedt   University of Northern Iowa

*  = Graduate Student Presenter

Abstracts for each concurrent sessions can be found at the 2017 Drive In Conference Concurrent Session Schedule page.

2017 IowaAAN Drive-In Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2017 Iowa Academic Advising Network (IowaAAN) Drive-In Conference is now open!  The online registration form can be found at this page:

2017 Drive In Conference Registration Information

Again this year’s conference registration will be $45 which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Payment by PayPal or check will be accepted.2017-save-the-date-with-keynote

The Call for Proposals for the 8th Annual 2017 Drive-In Conference has been extended! Proposals for break-out sessions should include a presentation title and an abstract (limited to 130 words).  To submit your proposal, go to the 8th Annual Drive-In Conference home page or go directly to the proposal submission formSubmissions deadline has been extended to Friday, February 10, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

2017 IowaAAN Drive-In Conference Graduate Student Scholarship Application

Applications for the the 2017 Iowa Academic Advising Network (IowaAAN) Drive-In Conference Graduate Student Scholarship are now being accepted!  Qualifications, details and the online application form can be found at:

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IowaAAN Mission:

The Iowa Academic Advising Network (IowaAAN) serves professionals and students from colleges and universities with interest in the area of academic advising and who champion the intellectual, personal, and career / vocational advising needs of students in the state of Iowa. IowaAAN was founded to establish a collaborative professional environment, enhance the level of recognition of academic advising, and promote quality academic advising throughout the state. IowaAAN fosters the personal and professional development of its members by establishing opportunities for participation and discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas concerning academic advising, the state of Iowa, and related areas of higher education.

IowaAAN Goals:

1.  Provide support and professional development opportunities in the field of academic advising.
2.   Establish a communication network, collaborative environment, and sharing of ideas/information among the members.
3.   Promote the profession of academic advising and recognize individual/program achievement throughout the state.
4.   Foster and provide support for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing the profession of academic advising in the future.
5.   Support the goals and programs of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Concept of Advising:

Academic advising is an interactive process in which the advisor assists students in setting and achieving academic, professional, social, and personal goals that are consistent with their unique interests, values, abilities, degree requirements, and vocational expectations. Advisors provide a wide range of information to students through a variety of means and modalities. Advisors create a supportive environment in which they may challenge students to take responsibility for making appropriate academic, personal and career decisions.

Concepts of AdvisingAdvisor Responsibilities