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Orientation Professionals Institute
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Orientation Professionals Institute

October 18 – 20, 2019 | Houston, TX

The 2019 Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) takes place at the 2019 NODA Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. OPI programming will take place over three days, October 18-20, 2019. You can register for OPI by selecting the option on the second page of the Annual Conference Registration form. You do not need to attend the conference in order to attend OPI. If this is the case, you must select that you will not be attending the Annual Conference when you complete the registration form.


Who We Serve

The Institute is designed to serve new full-time professional staff who are responsible for orientation programming and possess less than 4 years of total professional experience. The Institute is not open to graduate or undergraduate students. We recognize that many professionals have significant professional experience in higher education and may have recently become responsible for orientation programs on their campus, but our primary goal is to serve emerging professionals in the field.

"I attended OPI and had an incredible experience! As a new professional, I felt more assured in what I was doing well and discovered areas of my position with opportunities for realistic growth."

"The OPI experience was wonderful. Being able to meet and interact with people who are in a similar place as I am in the field was extremely helpful and rewarding."


Learning Outcomes and Curriculum

The curriculum for OPI was developed and is currently guided by the standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The curriculum serves as a roadmap for professionals new to the field of orientation, transition, and retention over a two and a half day institute. There are six steps that guide the curriculum of Orientation Professionals Institute. Each step contributes to the foundation for developing, implementing and assessing orientation programs. The six steps addressed are:

1. Development of Mission and Goals
2. Assessing Campus Realities and Politics and Leading Change
3. Planning and Programming
4. Organization of Staffing, Training and Supervision
5. Identify Resources
6. Evaluation, Assessment and Closing

Additionally, the role of orientation and its history in higher education and an introduction to professional development opportunities within NODA are introduced.

For a more detailed outline of OPI's curriculum, click here.

Institute Faculty

OPI is staffed by outstanding faculty with extensive student affairs experience including a wide variety of orientation and other administrative experiences. Faculty members have served in roles at diverse types of institutions including all sizes, public, private, community colleges, and special interest institutions. Additionally, each faculty member has held leadership positions within NODA. Regardless of the type of institution you represent, you will have ample opportunity to interact with faculty, other NODA leadership, and participants who share common professional interests and challenges.

Jeff Brown
Dean of Students,
American University

Shea Kidd Houze, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for
Student Life & Dean of Students
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Marcus R. Langford
Assistant Dean of Students,
University of Oregon

Jamie Mantooth
Executive Director of Enrollment
Services and Student Engagement,
University of Tennessee at Martin

Jeanine Ward-Roof, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Ferris State University

Michelle Nightingale
Director of Student Success,
Services, Tompkins Cortland
Community College

1.866.521.NODA (6632) | 1200 S Washington Ave Minneapolis, MN 55415