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Joshua Adams among 10 national emerging leaders in academic advising


DENTON – Joshua Adams, Ed.D., executive director of the Texas Woman’s University Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, is one of 10 administrators in the nation selected for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) – The Global Community for Academic Advising’s 2015-2017 Class of Emerging Leaders.

Adams joins academic professionals from major universities across the country — including Texas A&M University, the University of Arizona, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Hawaii at Manoa — who will be inducted in October at NACADA’s 39th annual conference in Las Vegas.

In selecting members, the international academic advising association considered an applicant’s individual and institutional diversity, previous involvement with NACADA, leadership goals and letters of recommendation.

In the Emerging Leaders Program, Adams will work with a NACADA mentor to gain the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to serve as a leader in the association.

“When I first heard I was selected as a member of the Emerging Leaders Program, I was very excited to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals who seek to further the profession of academic advising,” Adams said. “Being selected for this program enables Texas Woman’s University to have international exposure within the major organization furthering academic advising.”

In June 2013, Adams became the first executive director of the TWU Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, which helps students on TWU’s three campuses achieve their personal, academic and professional goals. It offers a variety of services, including:
• Academic advising and coaching
• Experiential project opportunities
• Internship coordination and job shadowing
• Student retention and graduation rate initiatives
• Study and writing sessions
• Thesis and dissertation boot camps

“We are designed to collaborate with a variety of campus programs,” Adams said. “This, coupled with internships, academic advising and academic enhancement programs allows our students to engage with a single office to enhance their academic career.”

Adams is an expert on student retention, the first-year student experience and student engagement, and he has spoken nationally on these topics. He also is working on research regarding academic coaching and experiential education.


Written by Laura Byerley

Freelance writer for TWU

page updated 5/9/2016 4:57 PM