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Orientation Professionals Institute - Australia
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NODA's Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) is an educational program designed to serve new full-time professionals who are responsible for orientation programming.
As guests of the University of South Australia (UniSA), NODA is excited to bring the OPI program to Australia for the first time in 2017. 

  Price (USD)
NODA Member $800
Non-member (OPI plus membership purchase) $950
Non-member (OPI only)  $1,000


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.

Click here for a more detailed outline of OPI's curriculum. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 
8:30 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. In Session

Thursday, September 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. In Session


Friday, September 22, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. In Session

Plan Your Trip


OPI Australia Venue: Cliftons Adelaide

Address: 1/80 King William Street, Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8233 0999




Hotels Affiliated with UniSA
(Mention UniSA at the following hotels to access a discounted rate - subject to availability. There are also a large number of hotels in the area that are not affiliated with UniSA.)

Stamford Plaza
150 North Terrace, Adelaide
+61 8 8461 1111

Oaks Horizon
104 North Terrace, Adelaide

Hilton Hotel
223 Victoria Square, Adelaide
+61 8 8217 2000

InterContinental Adelaide
North Terrace, Adelaide
+61 8 8238 2400

Oaks Embassy
96 North Terrace, Adelaide
1300 721514

Explore Adelaide 
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Institute Faculty 










Jeanine Ward-Roof, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs, Ferris State University

Jeanine is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Ferris State University working with the following functional areas: admissions, career services, commencement, dean of student life, enrollment services, financial aid, health center, institutional research and testing, multicultural student services, orientation, personal counseling center, records office/registrar, student center, student conduct, student leadership and activities, student employment and university recreation. Jeanine has worked at state and private institutions ranging in student enrollment size from 1,200 to 40,000+ students.  Prior to her current role, she served as Dean of Students at Florida State University and in a variety of roles including Director of Student Development Services at Clemson University.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication from Ohio University, her Master's degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. from Clemson University in Educational Leadership. She has been involved in NODA since 1987 and has served as President, Director of Regions, member of the Board of Directors, editor of the Orientation Review, co-editor and chapter author for the 2003 Designing Successful Transitions: A Guide to Orientating Students to College and editor of the 2010 edition of the same publication, faculty member OPI and Interassociation Liaison. She has received several awards including the Service Award from South Carolina College Personnel Association, the John Award for Distinguished Service to NASPA Region III and the Outstanding Research Award, President's Award and the New Professionals Award from NODA. In March 2014 she ended her term as the Regional Director for NASPA Region III and continues to present and write on the topics of orientation, parent and family relations, compassion fatigue and change management.


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