First Advisor of the Year Award Recipients Announced

May. 14, 2018

First Advisor of the Year Award Recipients Announced
Wienke and Kracen

The Academic Advising Center and Office of Academic Affairs are proud to announce the 2018 Advisor of the Year recipients.

Amanda Kracen, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Jordan Wienke, graduate international academic advisor, are the first faculty advisor and professional staff advisors to be recognized for this honor.

Kracen and Wienke reflect a wide layer of faculty and professional staff advisors throughout the entire Webster University network who also embody excellence in advising.

They are recognized for excellence in academic advising as reflected in being:

  • caring and helpful;
  • knowledgeable about curriculum and academic policies; and
  • actively engaged in fostering the academic and career goals of their advisees.

In Kracen’s nomination, student Madeline Cain noted, “Dr. Kracen is simply outstanding. She is conscientious of students’ needs and the university requirements….Her open demeanor and selfless spirit draw students to seek her advice on some of the most important life decisions many students will make.”

Regarding Wienke, student Jenny Bennett commented, “She is so encouraging and helpful. It is hard to find the right words for me to explain just how amazing she has been.” International Credential Specialist Maggie Dankert stated, “Jordan routinely does a fantastic job of advising our international students….She has the wonderful capability of being an advocate for a student amongst the Webster staff or pushing the student to take responsibility for their own academic career.”

The selection committee received nominations from students and colleagues for 13 faculty advisors and 14 professional staff advisors.

“This is a heartening reminder of the amazing work colleagues are doing all across the Webster University network and how students and colleagues recognize that good advising has a direct impact on student success, persistence, retention, but, above all, satisfaction,” said Kyle McCool, director of Graduate Advising. 

"Advising is more than the function of registration and should be embraced as a holistic learning experience."

Kim Kleinman, director of Undergraduate Advising, added, “While we honor Amanda and Jordan specifically, the real winners are our students, the ones who work with all the nominees and benefit from the intentional work of caring advisors.”

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