Professor Named KACADA Faculty Advisor of the Year

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Dr. Dionne Smith, assistant professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, is Kentucky’s 2014 Faculty Advisor of the Year, as determined by the Kentucky Academic Advising Association (KACADA).

The honor is given to faculty members who also serve as advisors to students. Criteria include mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures; availability to advisees, faculty and other staff; strong interpersonal skills; and participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees.

“Advising is essential for the holistic well-being of the student and the retention and eventual graduation of students at the University level,” said Patty Matthews, 2013-14 president of KACADA. “Advisors seek to develop bonds with students that will not only keep them on track but help them become critical thinkers who will one day become productive world citizens. Faculty members who advise must have a true desire to develop the same type of bond, in addition to their scholarly duties. It takes a special faculty member to also be recognized as an outstanding advisor.”

In nominating Smith for the honor, one student said: “Dr. D is real. She is interested in helping students become more than they ever thought they could be. She cares and not only for her students, but for any student that asks. She is the reason I am becoming who I am, and I am grateful to her.”

Published on August 20, 2014