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Drury University appoints Dr. Jennifer Joslin as first-ever Compass Center director

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 6, 2019 — Drury University is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer E. Joslin, Ph.D., as the inaugural director of the Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center. Joslin will begin her new duties July 1.

The Compass Center is a foundational component of the new Your Drury Fusion curriculum launching this fall. The Compass Center connects incoming students with an entire team of academic and career advisors who will work with them from before their first day on campus through graduation. The Compass Center helps students find direction by combining academic advising, career planning, and learning support under one roof. The Compass Center will partner with faculty to provide a transformational learning experience for Drury undergraduates.

Joslin brings deep experience to this crucial new role. Since 2013, she served as associate director of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, an organization that promotes and supports quality academic advising in higher education through the exchange of ideas, publications, advocacy and research funding. It has more than 14,000 members worldwide.

In this position, Joslin was responsible for training and creating top-flight curricula for academic advisors and administrators around the globe. Working with other NACADA leaders, she was responsible for strategic planning and goal-setting to help the organization meet its mission to create and nurture professional development, theory and practice for its members.

Before joining NACADA, Joslin spent five years as director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and 13 years as associate director for training and development at the University of Iowa. 

“We are thrilled Jennifer brings her extensive experience and knowledge to this important new pillar of the Drury academic experience,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “She has been at the forefront of improving college advising for students nationally and around the world for many years. Drury University and its students are very fortunate to have such a dedicated, proven leader on our campus to launch and guide the Compass Center initiative.”

“I am excited to lead a dynamic team at a student-focused institution,” Joslin says. “The Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center will empower students to reach academic, career, and life goals.”

Prior to joining NACADA’s staff, Joslin served on its board for three years including one year as president. During that time, the organization improved its financial sustainability, revamped its mission and strategic direction. Through her career, Joslin has authored numerous articles on the topic of advising and she co-edited the 2015 textbook “The New Advisor Guidebook: Mastering the Art of Academic Advising.” She has been a sought-after conference speaker for more than a decade and has worked as a consultant and workshop facilitator at colleges around the world, from Australia and the United Kingdom, to California and West Virginia.

In the classroom, Joslin taught as an adjunct instructor, primarily at the graduate level, for Kansas State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Iowa and Brigham Young University. Among others, subjects included academic advising, learning principles, the history of higher education, women’s studies and college transition for first-year students. 

Joslin holds a both Ph.D. and a master’s in health and sport studies from the University of Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles.


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