Dan Turner

Daniel Turner

Turner Named to Lead State Advising Organization

November 13, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Daniel Turner, director of academic advising at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been elected president of the Illinois Academic Advisors Association (ILAAA). The organization, which serves around 300 advisors and academic professionals from across the state, works to provide professional development opportunities for advisors in higher education institutions.

“It is such an honor to represent my colleagues and help to provide resources for advisors in the state,” said Turner, who was elected last week at the state ILAAA conference in Chicago. Part of his duties will be to oversee the next conference, which is scheduled for November of 2009. “To be part of these conferences is an amazing experience,” said Turner. “These daylong events provide more than leadership opportunities, they give professionals the chance to build relationships that can benefit all institutions of higher learning in Illinois.”

The ILAAA, which was founded in 1997, is part of the National Academic Advising Association, which offers membership to academic advisors and those in advising roles in higher education, including private and public universities and community colleges.

Turner joined Illinois Wesleyan in September, coming from Northern Illinois University (NIU), where he was acting director of their Academic Advising Center (AAC). Turner had been with Northern Illinois since 1993, where he served as a senior assistant director for orientation and technology with the Orientation Office, and faculty coordinator for Housing and Dining, before working for the AAC as assistant director and then acting director.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from NIU in 1995, Turner went on to earn his master’s in science education degree in instructional technology at NIU in 1998. His alma mater awarded him the title of Outstanding Honors Alumnus in 2002. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration from Loyola University in Chicago.

Turner is president-elect of Mortar Board, Inc., National Honors Society, and will become president of the nationwide organization in July of 2009. He has also served as the national vice president of Mortar Board, senior chapter advisor and on several of the organization’s national committees. He is the recipient of Mortar Board’s Excellence in Advising Award in 2003 and the Ruth Weimer Mount Fellowship in 2002.

A three-year member of the National Academic Advising Association, he has served as a planning committee member since 2006. Turner is also a member of the National Orientation Directors Association, which voted him Outstanding New Professional in 1999. 

Turner also holds memberships in the American College Personnel Association and the Illinois College Personnel Association.

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960