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Cornell University

Academic Advising Community

The Professional Academic Advising Community (PAAC), which is comprised of over 120 student-facing advising professionals across campus, is a community designed to convene and support professional staff academic advising at Cornell. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education is PAAC's executive sponsor. 

The Professional Academic Advising Leaders (PAAL) are comprised of the Directors of Advising within the colleges, as well as key representatives from partner units across campus. Together they convene and lead the work of PAAC.

PAAC Vision

Enhance every student’s academic advising experience by unifying the professional academic advising community.


  • Unify the professional academic advising community, advance an understanding of the practice of academic advising as a profession, and create and promote a culture of shared language and values;
  • Influence and inform University decisions related to the holistic undergraduate student experience by leveraging our collective strengths and expertise;
  • Organize an inclusive networking space for members of the academic advising community to discuss current trends as informed by student experiences and the scholarship of the field;
  • Share existing and develop new effective advising practices including the appropriate use of assessment and technology;
  • Organize and support the professional development of academic advisors.


Join us! If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with PAAC or participating as a presenter, or if you would like to provide a discussion topic, workshop idea, or an article that you would like to share, please contact current PAAL co-chairs, Ana Adinolfi or Steph Cowling-Rich.

Subscribe to the PAAC Listserv

Send an email to and put “Join” in the subject line to subscribe to our PAAC listserv and join our MS Teams/website advisor hub to access announcements, professional development, resources, and colleague connection opportunities.