Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards

At the University of Georgia, academic advising is required of all students prior to registration, and faculty mentoring, especially of upper-division students, is strongly encouraged. In order to encourage, acknowledge, and reward excellence in academic advising, the Office of the Vice President for Instruction developed an Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award Program in 2000.

Each year, from 2000-01 through 2011-12, one award was given to a tenured/tenure-track faculty member and one award was given to a staff member or other non-tenure-track employee who served as an academic advisor. Beginning in 2012-13, an additional award was created for new advisors, or faculty or staff members who have been advising for less than three years. In 2018-19, two new awards were created: one to recognize an outstanding academic advising administrator, as well as an award to recognize excellence in advising special populations. Each winner receives an award plaque and is recognized at the Academic Advisor Summer Celebration. In addition, the winners of the New Advisor award, Professional Advisor award, and Academic Advising Administrator award receive a cash award and are nominated for the equivalent national award given by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Nominations

Nominations come from dean's offices, the Honors Program, the Exploratory Center, etc. (i.e., academic units in which undergraduate students receive their official academic advising/mentoring).

Download nomination forms and information:

Past winners:

Outstanding Advising Administrator: Dr. Mike Merva, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding New Advisor: Ali Gerlach, Exploratory Center

Outstanding Professional Advisor: Umesh Patel, College of Education

Excellence in Advising Special Populations: Antonina Ignatiuc

2018-19 Winners

Professional advisor: Samantha Pattillo, College of Education

New advisor: Lindsay Dickerson, College of Education

Professional advisor: Cindy Schulman, Exploratory Center

New advisor: Jessica Daniels, Terry College of Business

Professional advisor: Matthew Head, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

New advisor: Anna Williams, College of Education

Faculty advisor: Dr. Robert Beckstead, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Outstanding New Advisor: Michelle McFalls, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Outstanding Professional Advisor: Diana Beckett, Terry College of Business

Faculty advisor: Dr. Frank Flanders, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Kathy Cohen, Terry College of Business

New advisor: Rose Tahash, College of Environment and Design

Faculty advisor: Dr. Terence Centner, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Wanda Wilcox, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

New advisor: Annemarie Hitchcock, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty advisor: Dr. Anne Marie Zimeri, College of Public Health

Staff advisor: Misha Boyd, Odum School of Ecology

Faculty advisor: Emily Blalock, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Staff advisor: Dianne Graham, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty advisor: Dr. Brian Fairchild, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Clayton Foggin, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty advisor: Dr. Wendy Dustman, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Staff advisor: Rebecca Baggett, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty advisor: Dr. Mark Compton, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Patti Hoyt, Terry College of Business

Faculty advisor: Dr. Timothy Hoover, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Staff advisor: Dr. Katie Darby Hein, College of Public Health

Faculty advisor: Dr. Sidney Thompson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Freida Thornton, College of Education

Faculty advisor: Dr. Karl Espelie, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Sharon Fletcher, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Faculty advisor: Dr. Robert Shewfelt, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Kathy Wilson, Terry College of Business

Faculty advisor: Dr. Adam Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Dr. Leigh Holland, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty advisor: Dr. Karen Leonas, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Staff advisor: Sarah Ford, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty advisor: Dr. Mary Alice Smith, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Staff advisor: Dr. Diane Hodson, College of Family and Consumer Sciences