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Advising Strategies, Role Modeling, and Making a Positive Impact on Graduate Student Progress

A Professional Development Opportunity for Graduate Faculty Sponsored by the Graduate College and the Office of the Provost

Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Illini Union Rooms A, B, & C
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided.
Free to all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty, but seating is limited.
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8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 - 9:15

Richard Wheeler

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate College

9:15 - 11:00

Optimizing the Graduate Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Jennifer Bloom

Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina

11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:00

Mentoring-A Privilege and A Responsibility
Janice Bahr

Professor of Physiology, University of Illinois

12:00 - 1:00

Buffet Lunch


Jennifer L. Bloom, Ed.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Master's degree program in Higher Education & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty of the College of Education at South Carolina in August 2007, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Medical Scholars Program (MD/PhD) at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the departments of Educational Organization & Leadership and Internal Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University in 1988, her Master's degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Illinois in 1995.

In 2007, Dr. Bloom was awarded the University of Illinois' Campus Academic Professional Excellence Award and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign's Special Recognition Award. She received the National Academic Advising Association's (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Administrators Award in 2005 and was elected to the NACADA Board of Directors (2005-08). She was elected to serve as President of NACADA, an organization of over 9,000 faculty and professional academic advisors, from October 2007 through October 2008.

Her research interests revolve around academic advising, appreciative inquiry, leadership, and careers in higher education administration. In 2003, she co-authored a book called Career Aspirations & Expeditions: Advancing Your Career in Higher Education Administration.

Janice Bahr, PhD, is a professor of physiology in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her thirty-three years as a faculty member, she has mentored over 60 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and has served on more than 100 graduate thesis and dissertation committees. She is a recipient of the 2007 Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring; the First Trainee Mentoring Award given by the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR); the award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Research in the Department of Animal Sciences; and the Mothers' Association 1997 Medallion of Honor Award which recognizes one University of Illinois woman annually for contributions to her discipline and for mentoring. For all the mentoring awards, Dr. Bahr was nominated by her former and current graduate students.

Dr. Bahr has also received numerous awards and recognitions for her scientific contributions to the field of reproductive biology. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from SSR, past president of SSR, recipient of the Merck Research Award in Poultry Science and a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association. At Illinois, she has been a University Scholar and recipient of the Funk Award, the highest research award given by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Bahr also provides service to the local community by serving on boards of not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Bahr considers the mentoring of graduate students to be one of her most rewarding responsibilities as a faculty member. Her goals as a mentor are to enable graduate students to prepare for a successful professional career and to provide graduate students with opportunities to become well rounded individuals who will have satisfying personal lives and be honest, upright and contributing citizens.