Susan L. Hawkins-Wilding

Assistant Vice President for Academic Advising

Ivy Tech Community College

Susan L. Hawkins-Wilding

Assistant Vice President for Academic Advising

Ivy Tech Community College

Susan is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Advising at Ivy Tech Community College. Ivy Tech is the largest comprehensive Community College in the country with 167,000 students and 14 regions. She provides college-wide leadership and oversight of academic, career, and transfer advising, as well as collaborates with academic and student affairs, financial aid and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Susan has presented at several regional and state conferences, including keynote presentations at the 2015 NACADA (The National Academic Advising Association) Region 5 Conference, Saint Petersburg Community College Spring Professional Development Conference, and the 2013 Indiana Academic Advising Network State conference. Additionally, Susan is a NACADA Summer Institute Faculty and has consulted with several state community college systems on academic and career advising collaborations, academic advising assessment, advising model development, and implementing early alert systems.
Prior to working at Ivy Tech Community College, she served as Director of Advising and Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she led and administered advising and career programming, managed program growth goals and retention projects. Additionally she served as Director for The Exploration of Vocation at The College of Wooster in Ohio where she coordinated vocational exploration programing and experiential student experiences.

She has also held positions as Coordinator of Student Services at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, and Academic Advisor for the Alternatives Program at The Ohio State University.
Hawkins-Wilding earned a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Youngstown State University. Her areas of interest within Higher Education include academic and career advising integration, service learning, assessment, and non-verbal communication. Her greatest joy is helping people find their passion.

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