Sullivan, Carroll Receive Advising Excellence Awards; Wienke Honored by NACADA

May. 8, 2019

Adivising Left to right: Carrol, Sullivan, Wienke

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Academic Advising Center has announced this year’s Advising Excellence Award winners. Terry Sullivan, assistant professor in the Communications and Journalism Department, and Amy Carroll, senior academic advisor on the Academic Advising Center’s Graduate Team for faculty and professional staff advising, respectively.

These awards honor excellence in academic advising across Webster and the high-impact practices that advising contributes to the global, student-centered experience we provide. This is the second year Webster has named a faculty and staff Advisor of the Year. Webster award winners are eligible to submit for national recognition through NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising.

Sullivan and Carroll

Faculty members are ideally situated to explain and integrate the learning outcomes of the curricula they helped design, helping students see how to use their degrees professionally and academically. “I have come to realize that advising is as important as teaching and, arguably, even more so,” said Sullivan. 

Carroll and her nominators observe that professional staff advisors may be the one constant throughout a student’s academic journey. One nominator noted that Carroll was “an incredible advocate” throughout her studies, adding that Carroll “has been the voice and face of the school. I’m an online student and have never visited the St. Louis campus. Amy has been my constant connection to Webster.”

“Building relationships is at the heart of my advising style,” said Carroll. This connection allows her to be a point of contact for her students’ questions that go beyond narrow advising ones. It allows her the great satisfaction of being a small part of a student’s success story.

Sullivan and Carroll were among a very strong group of 11 faculty and 10 professional staff advisors who were nominated and submitted an advising statement and their curriculum vitae/resume. The selection committee was gratified that we have so many excellent advisors who are caring and helpful; knowledgeable about curriculum and academic policies, and actively engaged in fostering the academic and career goals of their advisees. Congratulations Terry and Amy – thank you for your dedication to Webster students, to your profession, and to Webster.

2018 Winner Wienke Honored by NACADA

Additionally, we are pleased to share that last year’s professional staff advisor winner, Jordan Wienke, was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role and will be recognized in October at the NACADA national conference. Wienke also works in the Academic Advising Center’s Graduate Team and advises graduate international students.

Wienke was awarded a Certificate of Merit in a very competitive field. The NACADA awards program honors individuals and institutions making a significant impact on academic advising. NACADA has over 13,000 members worldwide. As stated by the organization’s email announcing this award, “The impact of advising on student satisfaction and retention is well documented, and it is through efforts such as those of your institution that we are able to share new advances with others”. Congratulations Jordan and thank you for representing Webster in your outstanding work with students.

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