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    FEBRUARY 2, 2006
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Temple creates advising awards

Hoping to reward outstanding academic advisers and also signal their importance to the University’s success, for the first time this spring Temple will honor its top advisers in a ceremony akin to the annual Faculty Awards Convocation.

Awards will be handed out in May to an adviser in each of three categories: the professional, front-line staff in Temple’s schools, colleges and academic programs; the administrators who lead each advising unit; and faculty mentors.

“We have a wonderful cadre of professional advisers at Temple,” said Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones. “We should all recognize that University goals such as graduation rates, time to graduation and student satisfaction with their Temple experience often hinge on the work of advisers.”

Award recipients will receive a plaque, a monetary prize and professional development funds to attend the annual conference of the National Academic Advising Association. In addition, their names will be inscribed on a memorial tablet in 1810 Liacouras Walk.

The idea for an awards ceremony for advisers flowed from meetings of the Academic Advising Group, a council of professional advisers at Temple, AAG co-chair Shannon Gary said.

“At times, advisers have felt as if their roles were not valued, but this is a way to show that what they do is an integral part of the University mission. Just as exceptional professors are essential to the success of a student, so too are advisers a part of that success,” said Gary, an academic adviser for the Honors Program.

Any member of the Temple community may nominate an adviser by sending that person’s name to AcademicAdvisingAwards@temple.edu by March 1. Only advisers who work with undergrads are eligible.

To accept a nomination and be considered for the award, a nominee must submit supplemental information, including a data sheet (PDF) that can be downloaded here.

For more information, contact Gary at 215-204-0710 or sgary@temple.edu.

- By Ted Boscia