Maura Reynolds Elected to Lead
National Advising Commission
Posted March 27, 2002
HOLLAND -- Maura Reynolds of the Hope College
faculty has been elected to chair the Small Colleges and
Universities Commission of the National Academic Advising
Reynolds is director of advising and associate
professor of Latin at Hope. Her three-year term as the
commission's chair will begin in October.
NACADA was chartered as a non-profit organization
in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and
professional development of its membership to ensure the
educational development of students. The organization has
since grown to more than 6,600 members consisting of faculty
members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors,
and others in academic and student affairs concerned with
the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students.
In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of
academic advising and those providing that service to higher
NACADA hosts an annual national conference each
October that attracts more than 2,000 attendees, as well as
10 regional conferences, and intensive study of advising
through an Academic Advising Summer Institute. NACADA
publishes a scholarly journal, a quarterly newsletter and
occasional special publications, including the text
"Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook" and "The 'e'
Factor in Delivering Advising and Student Services." NACADA
offers an advising training video, manages a consultants
bureau, offers a placement service, funds research grants,
sponsors an awards program, grants scholarships and supports
commissions to address important academic advising issues.
The Small Colleges and Universities Commission
provides smaller institutions with networking and resource
assistance geared toward their needs. The commission's
activities include sponsoring topics at the national
conference designed to be of special interest to such
schools, and maintaining an e-mail network for sharing
Reynolds joined the college in 1974 as director of
the Academic Support Center, a position she held for four
years, also teaching introductory expository writing. She
began teaching Latin at Hope in 1980.
She was appointed director of advising in 1988.
She also served as coordinator for pilot sections of Hope's
"First-Year Seminar" program. She delivered the college's
Commencement address in May of 2001, and Opening Convocation
address in August of 1998.
Reynolds has helped plan and implement New Student
Orientation at Hope since 1987. Since 1989, she has been a
member of the staff of the college's Teaching Enhancement
Workshop, which is geared toward faculty members about to
begin their first year at Hope.
She has made several presentations at professional
conferences, discussing advising and teaching, including
during multiple years at the NACADA National Conference and
the American Classical League Conference.
Reynolds holds bachelor's and master's degrees in
Latin from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to coming to Hope, she had taught Latin at West Ottawa
High School and at Thornton Township High School in Harvey,