David Spight, assistant dean for advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies, has been elected vice president of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Spight will assume the role this October after the annual NACADA conference in Minneapolis and will serve in the position until October 2015.
As vice president, Spight will help provide direction for the group and set policies for the association.
“I believe that if we expect the students we advise to be engaged in their education, shouldn’t we also be engaged in our profession?” Spight said. “I want to continue to serve as an advocate and as a resource, to respond to the issues and concerns of members, and make that real change for the better.”
Since joining NACADA in 2001, Spight has held various positions within the organization, serving on the Commission on Undecided/Exploratory Students and as a member of the Professional Development Committee. Most recently, Spight was elected to the board of directors.
“NACADA has enabled me to dive into my passion for working with college students,” Spight said. “I’ve learned so much from mentors and connections in the field of advising from around the globe. It’s enabled me to be a better advisor and a better administrator.”
Spight began his UT career as an academic advisor for undecided students in the College of Natural Sciences. In 2008, he was named the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies and worked to create an advising center for undecided students, what is now the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling. In addition to his involvement in NACADA, Spight served as president, president-elect, and public relations coordinator for UT’s own Academic Counselors Association.