As Academic Advisors, it is important to participate in professional development through local and national organizations. On this page, we have compiled a list of organizations that would be good to look into, depending on the type of academic advising that you do.


The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students. To learn more about NACADA, please visit their website.


  • Annual Conference
  • Regional Conference (Region 9)


American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. To learn more about ACPA, please visit their website.


ASHE is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study. It is committed to diversity in its programs and membership, and has enjoyed extraordinary success in involving graduate students in Association activities. To learn more about ASHE, please visit their website.


The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) is an organization of over 1850 health professions advisors at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and abroad. To learn more about NAAHP, please visit their website.


  • National Meeting (Held every 2 years)
  • WAAHP Regional Meeting (Held every 2 years, between National Meetings; Western Region)


Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. To learn more about NASPA, please visit their website.


  • National Conference
  • Regional Conference (Western Region, Region VI)