Commission & Interest Groups

The NACADA Commissions and Interest Groups (CIG) provide members an opportunity to join others with similar academic or specific student population interests in advising. CIG membership assumes a commitment to active participation in programming and activities. Members are encouraged to select up to four (4) specific commissions and/or interest groups. You may change your commission and interest group affiliations at any time - although be aware that this may affect eligibility for certain awards and elected positions. Benefits of officially joining a CIG include, but are not at all limited to:

  • Networking with your colleagues
  • Voting privileges (commissions only)
  • Receive targeted updates and announcements
  • Eligibility to hold an elected or appointed position within CIGs

Commissions (C) are charged with advancing NACADA’s strategic goals, proposing and facilitating activities, and providing resources to advance the professional development of members while focusing on the specific area of the Commission.

Interest Groups (IG) are established when there is a need to focus a particular interest of NACADA members that is not served by an existing commission or interest group. Interest groups operate without formal governance or activities and are an informal way of communicating similar interests in advising issues.


By Theme

  • Administration of Advising - (Advising Administration, Advisor Training & Development, Assessment of Advising, Ethics & Legal Issues in Advising)
  • Advising in Academic Programs I - (Advising Business Majors, Advising Education Majors, Advising Fine Arts Students, Advising Graduate & Professonial Students, Doctoral Students)
  • Advising in Academic Programs II - (STEM Advising, Health Professions Advising, Liberal Arts Advisors, Pre-Law Advising)
  • Advising Specific Populations I - (Advising Adult Learners, Advising First-Year Students, Advising Second-Year Students, Advising High Achieving Students, Advising Student Athletes)
  • Advising Specific Populations II - (Advising Students with Disabilities, Advising Transfer Students, Advising Veterans, Military Students, & Family Members, Global Engagement, First-Generation College Student Advising)
  • Advising Specific Populations III - (High School to College Advising, Commission for LGBTQA Advising and Advocacy, Multicultural Concerns, Probation/Dismissal/Reinstatement Issues, Undecided & Exploratory Students)
  • Institutional Type - (Advising at Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Canada, Large Universities, Native American & Tribal College, Small Colleges & Universities, Two-Year Colleges) 
  • Theory, Practice and Delivery of Advising I - (Advising & Academic Coaching, Appreciative Advising, Faculty Advising, Peer Advising & Mentoring, Therory, Phiosophy, & History of Advising)
  • Theory, Practice and Delivery of Advising II - (Career Advising, Distance Education Advising, New Advising Professionals, Orientation Advising, Technology in Advising)