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Presentation Proposal - NACADA Annual Conference
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Conference Year: 2021
Session #: 110(SP)
Title: The Scholarly Dilemma: Academic Advisors as Third Space Professionals
Lead Presenter: Wendy Troxel
Date: October 07, 2021    Time: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Room: 252, DECC
Abstract: In this expository essay, I interrogate the positional agency of academic advising within the climates, cultures, and systems of higher education institutions through Whitchurch's (2015) Third-Space Professionals in Higher Education. I first explore the context of primary role advising through three paradoxical constructs (privilege, priority, and power) across dualistic spaces (academic and non-academic). I then propose an expansion of the framework through an exploration of academic advisors' involvement in scholarly inquiry--the currency of academic life. The extent to which there is dissonance between and among internal and structural energies results in a Scholarly Dilemma for individual academic advisors, the emerging Scholarship of Advising, and the professionalism of academic advising. The paper concludes with a call toward intentional support for academic advisors who operate as Third Space Professionals, activating a collective commitment to Scholarly Advising.
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