Live! Virtual Appreciative Advising Institute

Appreciative Advising Institute Offerings

April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021
April 26-29
Registration Deadline:
March 26, 2021


May 17-20
Registration Deadline:
April 16, 2021


June 14 - 17
Registration Deadline:
May 14, 2021


July 19-22
Registration Deadline:
June 18, 2021


Tentative AAI 2021 Schedule

Institute Cost and Registration Instructions:

$495 for one person Appreciative Advising Institute registration only or $695 for one person Appreciative Advising Institute registration plus Certified Appreciative Adviser application bundle package. (The bundle package provides a discount when these two offerings are purchased together. Click here to learn about Becoming A Certified Appreciative Adviser.)

IMPORTANT: If you are an institutional contact responsible for registering one (1) or more persons from your institution and/or if you are registering yourself but know that more than one person will be registering from your institution, please contact Smita Patel at for group registration instructions. For institutions registering four (4) or more people, a 10% discount will automatically be applied. (Note: Group registrations will be registered manually by a member of our team and participants should not individually register themselves to avoid duplication errors in our registration system. Participants will receive an email notice confirming their registration. Thank you!)

Save the Dates!

The Appreciative Advising Institute will again be virtual this 2021. To meet growing demand, we will host four Live! Virtual Institutes:
April 26-29, May 17-20, June 14-17, and July 19-22. We will meet for 4 hours (1-5 p.m. Eastern Time Zone) for 4 days. Registration will open this January 2021.


What Is the Appreciative Advising Institute?

This year, we will offer four Live! Virtual institutes: April 26-29, May 17-20, June 14-17, and July 19-22. We will meet for 4 hours (1-5 p.m. Eastern Time Zone) for 4 days.

The Appreciative Advising Institute is a four-day interactive professional development experience held each summer sponsored by the Office of Appreciative Education at Florida Atlantic University. This Institute is a hands-on, active-learning filled Institute unlike any other conference or institute you have attended before! Participants will leave renewed, refreshed, and inspired to help empower you and your students to become your best selves!

We will meet synchronously to be able to offer an engaging and highly interactive experience full of practical suggestions for translating the theory of Appreciative Advising into your practice. Steeped in the tenets of positive psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, and motivational theory, Appreciative Advising is positively impacting student retention and outcomes at various institutions across the country. Additionally, a qualitative research study has demonstrated that advisors who adopt the Appreciative Advising framework report enhanced effectiveness as professionals, stronger relationships with their students, as well as a positive impact on their personal relationships with co-workers, children, spouses, and friends (Howell, 2010).

The Appreciative Advising Institute is intentionally designed to teach participants the theoretical infrastructure of Appreciative Advising AND to provide skills training in implementing this framework. Unlike most conferences, there will be ample opportunity for attendees to extend theory to practice. Participants will learn how to use the six phases of Appreciative Advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle to help their students optimize their educational experiences and to help participants optimize theirs as well. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own goals and dreams to optimize their own lives.

Who Should Attend this Institute?

Anyone who works with people! Specifically, professional and faculty advisors will discover ideas that they can take back to their offices and implement immediately. Student affairs professionals and administrators from across campus will take away just as many useful skills and tools as an academic advisor! We also welcome K-12 teachers and administrators!

Why Should You Attend this Institute?

Given the increased pressure on higher education institutions to increase their student retention rates as well as significant decreases in funding revenues, it is clear that the status quo is no longer a defendable position. What these challenging times demand of higher education administrators is a revolutionary approach to student success. Appreciative Advising is that revolutionary approach, focusing on the very best our students have to offer. This Institute will reignite your passion for empowering students and your enthusiasm will be contagious!

"I really enjoyed interacting with the AAI crew. I also really enjoyed how personal Dr. Jennifer Bloom makes advising feel."
- 2017 Participant

Benefits of Attending

You will get a hands-on learning opportunity to develop Appreciative Advising skills. You will have the opportunity to learn from, work with, and be inspired by, the top Appreciative Advising professionals in the world. You will learn how to revolutionize relationships with your students, family members, friends, and others. You will have the opportunity to interact and network with professionals from across higher education. You will have the opportunity to make a difference!

"It was the best professional development activity I have ever participated in. It provided me with clear action steps to improve my role as a counselor and gave me a new spark of enthusiasm for higher education and working with students."
- 2014 Participant

How the Institute is Unique

Less lecturing, more doing! The Institute provides an opportunity to build substantive relationships with the top Appreciative Advising professionals as well as with colleagues from throughout the country. Small groups allow participants to practice new skills and techniques. You will leave the conference with practical skills and strategies that you can immediately put to use when you return. A fun, energizing atmosphere that will help you remember why you wanted to work in higher education. You will leave refreshed, revitalized, and recommitted to student success!

"I think that the small group format really allows for deep, comprehensive understanding of the AA framework, and sets the AAI apart from other academic conferences."
- 2017 Participant

What Does the Virtual Format Look Like?

We will meet synchronously for 4 hours each day during the Institute. Active learning during the AAI will occur in small groups of approximately 12-15 participants. The focus of each 4-hour session on each of the 4 days of the Institute will be to provide participants with practical suggestions for immediately applying the Appreciative Advising Theory-to-Practice Framework to their important work with students. All Institute materials will be made available on Canvas, a Learning Management System, before the Institute begins. Participants’ full presence and active engagement will be expected throughout the Institute.

What Technology Requirements must I have to Participate?

Because we will be using a virtual meeting platform such as WebEx, participants will need the following:

  • A computer with a camera and a microphone
  • A strong Internet connection
  • Headsets (are encouraged to reduce background noise)

Prior to the start of the AAI, participants will be provided with an FAQ packet to familiarize you with the features of the technology that will be used to help maximize your virtual experience.

What is the Difference between Purchasing the Appreciative Advising Institute Registration and the Bundle Package?

The Appreciative Advising Institute Registration includes the cost to attend the Institute. The Bundle Package is a discounted price that includes both the cost of The Appreciative Advising Institute Registration and the application packet to become a Certified Appreciative Adviser. Note: the completion of the Appreciative Advising Institute fulfills the Educational Component required to apply for certification. Click for more information about the benefits of becoming a Certified Appreciative Adviser.