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Vince Hernandez

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Vince graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History in 2002 and has been an academic advisor since 2003. He has been with the Department of Political Science since 2011. During his time as an advisor, he also achieved a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M.

Vince is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN), and Texas A&M’s University Advisors & Counselors organization (UAC). He has served as President of TEXAAN, President of UAC, and is currently serving as Chair of the NACADA Liberal Arts Advising Community. Since 2011, Vince has regularly presented at local, state, and national conferences. A partial list of Vince’s professional works can be found below.

Vince is an avid fan of all Aggie sports as well as the San Antonio Spurs (Go Spurs Go!).

Advice for Students

Make the most out of your time in college. Seek out “the other education”. Don’t be afraid to get involved in student organizations, take on a part time job, study abroad and/or seek out paid or non-paid internships. Half of the experience in college is becoming a strong and successful scholar. The other half is about finding out about who you are and who you want to become.

Advising Philosophy Statement

BE PASSIONATE – I want any individual who works with me to know that I will give everything I can to help with any question or concern that is on their mind—not because I have to, but because I want to.

EMPOWER STUDENTS – It is my duty to give the best information and feedback to students and allow them to decide for themselves what the best course of action to take is. I want students to be empowered in the decision making process and to take ownership of their college experience.

HELP STUDENTS TO LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE – Sometimes students need a heart to heart talk about a situation or mistake. Within those teachable moments, I challenge my students to use reflection when examining how the matter could have been handled differently and apply that knowledge and experience in the future.

SERVE WITH INTEGRITY – I will treat every student fairly and I will always have their best interest at heart. Sometimes my advice may not be what they want to hear. If so, I want them to know why I may disagree with a course of action and offer alternative options.

GET THE MOST OUT OF COLLEGE – I share with all my students, “If you do not use your time in college to find out about who you are and who you want to be, then you missed out on half of the college experience.” Getting involved in student activities, studying abroad, internships and even taking a little time to enjoy life can help students to discover and affirm their passions, goals and who they want to become as an individual.

Representative Publications

Hernandez, V., Bustos-Rios, B., Shehane, M. (2018). Cross-campus Collaborators: Helping Undecided College Students Succeed. Presented at NACADA Region 7 Annual Conference. Little Rock, AK.

Carpenter, M., Shehane, M., Hernandez, V.(2018). So You Thought This Was Going to be Easy: Utilizing Authentic Advising to Impact Your Student Interactions. Presented at NACADA Region 7 Annual Conference. Little Rock, AK.

Smith, B., Thomas, J., Hernandez, V. (2017). Survey Says: How to Become a Better Advisor. Presented at NACADA Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Hernandez, V., Kaufman-Baumann, E. (2017) See You in Class: Reflections on Creating an Advising Seminar, Presented at NACADA Region 7 Annual Advising Conference. Tulsa, OK.

Hernandez, V., Smith, A., Valadez, M., Armstrong, A. (2014) Liberal Arts: Many Paths, Endless Possibilities. Presented at NACADA Annual Advising Conference. Minneapolis, MN