Dr. Margaret Mbindyo, a faculty adviser in Millersville’s Department of Academic Advisement and Student Development was recently selected as one of only 10 international members of the 2019-2021 Class of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Emerging Leaders Program class of 2019-2021.
NACADA is an international advising association whose membership is comprised of academic advisers, faculty advisers and professionals engaged in the work of advising students to succeed academically. The organization’s mission is to promote student success by advancing the field of academic advising globally.
The Emerging Leaders Program was created to encourage members from diverse groups to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization. The program equips participants with the skills and tools necessary to pursue elected and appointed leadership positions, increase the number of leaders from diverse groups, and encourage and assist members of populations who are under-represented in the association’s leadership to attend state, regional, national or international conferences. Each year, 10 leaders and 10 mentors are selected for the two-year program in which the leaders and mentors work closely to connect the leaders to areas of the association they are interested in and to develop a plan for continued involvement and growth in the association.
Mbindyo, who lives in Millersville, has worked at Millersville University for nine years as an adjunct faculty member and academic adviser. She became an assistant professor in 2018 and has recently become the coordinator of the Student Advising and Success Center in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the new decentralized model of the department.
She earned her Ph.D. at Penn State University in 2011 and has two master’s degrees from Penn State and Vrije University in Belgium.
Mbindyo is a member of NACADA’s Global Community for Academic Advising and has presented widely in various conferences. Her current research seeks to advance the theory of academic resilience as a tool for academic success. She also serves as member of NACADA`s Professional Development Committee.
At Millersville University, Mbindyo serves on several college wide committees, including the President’s Commission on the Status of Women; Executive Board for President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion, Academic Standards Committee (Alternate Non- School Faculty Representative), One Book, One Campus Committee, Conference on Poverty Committee Member, Undergrad Course & Program Review Committee Member, and Noonan Fund Committee Member.