My name is David S. Parry. I have been employed at The University of Akron for the past 12 years. I am very interested in being selected as the academic adviser to sit on the Faculty Senate. I have been an adviser for the past 8 years. I have worked in that capacity in the School of Communication, University College and am currently serving in Summit College. I am also an Associate Lecturer and have taught Introduction to Public Speaking, Effective Oral Communication, Advanced Public Speaking and Professional Communications and Presentations. I believe that I would be the most qualified candidate for the position because I have been an adviser in several areas on campus (including a degree granting college) and I have been in the classroom for more than decade. I am also taking part in the NACADA Great Lakes-Great Leaders Program. This leadership experience will help to give me the skills along the way to be an effective leader as the adviser on the Faculty Senate. I believe that I would have a great deal of background to bring to the Faculty Senate. It would be an honor to represent my fellow advisers in this capacity. I would very much appreciate your vote!!!
I want to continue to advocate on behalf of all campus academic advisers to make sure that our voices are strongly heard when the faculty and administration are considering changes that would affect how we do our jobs. Often, they don't see the effect it can have on students’ progress and how we have to then apply it to the students we advise. Someone once said that ‘The Devils in the Details’ and we need a strong advocate on the Senate. I bring a broad perspective in academic advising having been an academic adviser for over 13 years beginning at Cleveland State advising in their TriO/Student Success and then College of Science. I have been an academic adviser for almost 7 years in Summit College. Here in Summit College I have been working as the liaison to the Bachelors in Organizational Supervision, Emergency Management, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science. Worked with the BOS department chair to develop student-friendly scheduling for the last two summers. ICT Coordinator for Summit College working with the coordinators/advisers across campus making sure that students are served quickly. Currently on the Faculty Senate Athletic Review committee.
Prior to my arrival at the University of Akron in July 2012, I served as Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and as Admission Counselor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition, I served as an adjunct faculty member at Malone University and Kent State University, and in these roles functioned as faculty adviser to music students. I am currently an adviser in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, a capacity in which I advise students in the performing arts disciplines in addition to the broad array of BCAS programs. I seek this position in an attempt to bridge the perceived gap between the pedagogical and advising components of the Akron Experience. As we know, advising is teaching, but there appears to be a striking lack of awareness of the nature of advising and the significant role it can play in realizing institutional goals. At minimum there is a dearth of knowledge around what we do, concretely, on a daily basis and the constraints under which we operate (caseload numbers, division of labor, other duties etc.). It is my goal to promote awareness of these issues, via the forum of Faculty Senate, in an effort to bolster the vital work that we perform.
I desire the Faculty Senate’s Advisor position to continue serving and advocating for the needs of our students. I am currently a Higher Education Administration doctoral student at Kent State University in the dissertation phase with my research focusing on student retention and completion. This fall will mark the start of my third year at the University of Akron working with the Emergent student population and my fifteenth year as a higher education administrator that has taken me from the University of Pittsburgh, to Harvard University, and then to Kent State University prior to joining your ranks. At KSU I worked closely with the President, Board of Trustees, Provost and the Faculty Senate supporting their shared governance structures. I presently serve on the Faculty Senate’s Curriculum Review Committee, played a role in the recent program review, and have made several connections among the faculty that resulted in numerous allies who share our concerns for student success. I would appreciate your vote so that I may continue to share your voices from the front lines to an institutional body at this time of critical change.
Thank you for the nomination for the Academic Advisor on the Faculty Senate position. I have worked at The University of Akron for over six years. During my time here, I have worked in the Registrar’s Office as a Manager of Enrollment Services, overseeing both Academic Records and Graduation Services. For the past four years, I have been working directly with students as an academic advisor in the College of Business Administration. While my time in the Registrar’s Office was essential in helping me build my knowledge base, I have found that my true passion is working with and for our undergraduate student population. The opportunity to serve as an Academic Advisor on the Faculty Senate will allow me to be an advocate for both students and academic advisors.