Home / Academic Advisors / CAA Home

Council of Academic Advisors

Council of Academic Advisors

The Council of Academic Advisors (CAA) is a professional organization available to Arizona State University employees who are involved in or connected with the academic advising field. CAA’s primary purpose is the improvement of academic advising at ASU. It pursues this purpose through professional development for its members, through representative participation university-wide in activities which have potential effect on academic policies and procedures, and through activities that contribute to the recognition by the university community of the importance of academic advising at the university and the professional nature of that activity. 

To view the CAA mission and bylaws, click here

 

Membership

Primary Membership is available to ASU employees who meet one of the following criteria: consider themselves to be "academic advisors" by virtue of their job title, job description, and/or primary employment responsibilities, have as a primary employment responsibility the direct supervision of academic advisors and/or coordination of academic advising programs. Privileges of primary membership include voting privileges on official CAA matters and the privilege of running for elected office within the CAA organization.

Affiliate Membership is available to ASU employees who are not described in the primary membership criteria but who are supportive of CAA's mission and wish to keep informed of the organization's activities. Affiliate members are encouraged to attend CAA meetings, participate in discussion of issues at those meetings, and receive CAA memos, notices, any other publications by virtue of inclusion on organization mailing lists.

To become a member and sign up for the weekly CAA Digest, please email CofAA@asu.edu your name and primary campus. 

 

Officer Descriptions 

Chair
This position serves a one-year term (typically after serving one year as Chair-Elect). Main roles include facilitating meetings of the CAA Steering Committee by soliciting agenda items to committee members, reserving rooms, and overseeing the annual officer election process.

Chair-Elect
This position serves a two-year term, with first year as Chair-Elect, moving directly to CAA Chair role in second year. The chair-elect fulfills the duties of the CAA chair in the chair's absence (see above), compiles minutes of the CAA Steering Committee meetings, and provides overall direction for CAA Signature Event planning.

Vice President of Finance 
The VP of Finance serves a one-year term (typically after serving one year as Vice President of Finance-Elect). The Vice President of Finance coordinates budget planning and submission of the budget to the Provost’s office. This position also maintains the financial records of CAA andprovides guidance to the CAA leadership on purchasing processes and paperwork submission.

Vice President of Finance-Elect
This role serves a two-year term with the second year as the Vice President of Finance (role above). The Vice President of Finance-Elect assists the Vice President of Finance in the performance of their duties and coordinates the CAA professional development awards process, from application to distribution.

Vice President of Communications
This position is a one-year term responsible for maintaining the lists of primary and affiliate CAA members. This person coordinates all CAA communication to members and the community at-large, including the weekly CAA Digest and updates of the CAA website.

General Studies Representatives 
CAA has two people in this position and serving on the General Studies Committee. These roles are three-year terms. The representatives enjoy full voting membership on the General Studies Committee and serve as members of a subcommittee. They serve CAA by acting as a liaison and informing CAA of the actions of the General Studies Committee, as well as voicing to the General Studies Committee the opinions and suggestions of the CAA membership.

Orientation Representative
This position is a two-year term. The person in this role represents the interests of academic advising as a whole on the Orientation Planning Committee, as well as any other groups related to orientation of freshman and transfer students, as appointed.

For the complete list of CAA Leadership (current and past), click here.

All-CAA Leadership

CAA Chair
Cassie Koldenhoven, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation 

CAA Chair - Elect
Amanda Kennedy, W. P. Carey School of Business

Vice President of Finance
VACANT

Vice President of Finance - Elect
Jason Benoit, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College 

Vice President of Communications
Jesus Villa, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

General Studies Council Representative
Megan Gorvin Short, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

General Studies Council Representative
Manisha Master, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Orientation Representative
Amber Mack, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Campus Leadership

Downtown

Vice President
Gloria Pena, College of Health Solutions 

Member at Large
Graciela Nobles, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions  

Member at Large
Carlitos Hernandez, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts 

Polytechnic

Vice President
Melody Bernstein, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Member at Large
Aubrey Fox, Fulton Schools of Engineering

Member at Large
Kate Phillips, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Tempe

Vice President
Paul Broccolo, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Member at Large
Anthony Mendes, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Member at Large
Krista Kilian, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Member at Large
Rene Burcham, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Member at Large
Kristen Farnsworth, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

West

Vice President
Kendra Bell, W. P. Carey School of Business

Member at Large
Christina Rosario, College of Health Solutions

Member at Large
Chelsea Overstreet, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College