For Advisors

An invitation for Academic Advisors


Registration is OPEN!  Join us on November 24, 2017
Advising matters to student success and retention! This year the theme of the Symposium is Canada@150: Celebrating Advising. Our goal with choosing this theme is to provide an opportunity to highlight the breadth of achievement in this milestone year, and as such, we are encouraging you to share your expertise with your colleagues. What you've told us from previous symposiums is that you appreciate the opportunity to network and learn from each other. This is your opportunity to become actively engaged.

The Alberta Academic Advising Symposium is a one-day professional development day for faculty advisors, professional (staff) advisors and for advisors with split or dual roles. This year we will be meeting at the University of Calgary.  We invite you to REGISTER now for the Alberta Academic Advising Symposium. This event is held on a cost recovery basis.  Registration cost is $73.50 ($66.68 + 6.67 fee + GST). Your registration includes:

  • Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
  • Keynote presentation by Dr. Janet Miller
  • Concurrent sessions from advising colleagues from across the province
  • Evening social event at Kilkenny's Pub on Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Unlimited opportunities for networking and professional engagement!


Keynote Speaker: Janet Miller, PhD., R. Psych.

I am a counselling psychologist with expertise in post-secondary student mental health and personal development.  In addition to my 19+ years at Mount Royal University (as a Counsellor, past Chair of the Student Counselling and Full Professor), I am an Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary, a certified trainer with the Centre for Suicide Prevention (ASIST workshop), and I have a small private practice in the heart of Calgary. Career highlights include founding a student leadership conference at MRU, welcoming 2200+ new students to campus each year as the MC of our New Student Orientation ceremony, and being invited to ASSC 2017 as a keynote speaker for student service She professionals from across our province. 

I am passionate about quality student services and student development.  I am currently leading two research projects funded by the Canadian Association of University and College Student Services (CAUCSS), and another funded by the CERIC (the Counselling Education Research Institute of Canada). It would be a pleasure to share findings from these projects at your upcoming conference.


JanetMiller_headshot My Philosophy: I believe that people are inherently good, are motivated to make the best choices possible and are driven towards lives that hold meaning and purpose. I believe in the value of struggle, the importance of challenge, the positive nature of stress and our intrinsic drive to seek meaning and make significant contributions to the greater good. I believe that we have personal agency, self-determination, and the power to heal and thrive, although I also recognize that success and wellness are impacted by determinants outside of our control including systemic barriers, trauma, privilege, access to resources and connection to supports.  As a psychologist, I embrace the scientist-practitioner model of therapy and thus my work is informed by evidence and oriented towards client-centered outcomes. My therapeutic approach is based on existential psychotherapy practices and client-centered approaches to therapy. My research is informed by literature in the areas of career development and life-design, positive psychology, student retention and theories of resilience.


Dr. Janet Miller
Professions, Dept. Student Counselling, Mount Royal University
Calgary, CanadaSubmission deadline extended until September 22, 2017We recently asked many of you to tell us what topics you were interested in learning more about or that were relevant to your own advising practice. Below is a list of the topics that were identified as top priority:

  • Advising best practicies
  • Communicating with students
  • Role of advising in student success and retention
  • New advising research and/or theoretical perspectives
  • Advisors and wellness

The call for proposals is open and you are encouraged to consider one of the topics from above or any other topic that is relevant to your advising practice. The success of this symposium rests with the engagement of advisors from across the province. We hope that you will get involved!

Please us this form to submit your proposal for presentation