UNC academic advisers win national advising awards

Alice Dawson was among the 2012 national academic advising award winners.

Five academic advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have won 2012 national advising awards for making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.

The awards will be presented by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) at its annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 4-7.

Gidi Shemer, lecturer in biology and faculty adviser, is the recipient of an Outstanding New Advising Award.

Other UNC winners who have been awarded certificates of merit for outstanding advising included:

  • Alice Dawson, senior assistant dean, behavioral and social sciences;
  • Valerie Pruvost, senior lecturer in romance languages, faculty adviser in behavioral and social sciences;
  • Chloe Russell, adviser, behavioral and social sciences (recognized as outstanding new adviser);
  • Ken Shugart, senior adviser, fine arts and humanities.

NACADA was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising to ensure the educational development of students. Since that time, it has grown to more than 10,000 members. The annual awards program was established in 1983.

NACADA hosts an annual fall conference that attracts more than 3,000 attendees. It also publishes a scholarly journal and other special publications related to best practices in academic advising.

Over the past five years, 23 academic advisers at UNC have been honored by NACADA.

More on academic advising at UNC: http://advising.unc.edu

More on the National Academic Advising Association: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu