Professional Associations

A professional association is a non-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of the individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest. There are many benefits to getting involved in a professional association.

Some reason to join include:

Meet other professionals in the field

Opportunity to showcase your experience through peer to peer discussions or public speaking

See what opportunities and challenges are in the field

Access to experts in the field – speakers, other members, sponsors

SWAG – discounts or free books, magazines, access to webinars, e-learning

Free or almost free training – most of the organizations have meetings focused on educational content

Bullet item on your resume

Opportunity to secure new references

Exclusive or early notification of job opportunities

Professional Organizations for Advisors

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
(NACADA Allied Institution since April 2015)

NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region 2

American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)

National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Academic Impressions

Inside Higher Ed