Johnson-Ham, academic adviser in the Student Success Center. She joined the University
in 1985. While working as a records clerk 2
at the former Community and Technical College, she received a bachelor of science
degree in human services in 1990. That year,
Johnson-Ham became a test monitor and later an office assistant 2 in the College of
Arts and Sciences. She earned a master of
liberal studies degree with an emphasis on guidance and counseling in 1998 and began
advising students in 1999.
"Marie always makes herself available to speak to students who are in need of advice on classes, careers and future goals. She gives plain details that are clear, understandable and very useful. When you have an experienced adviser to help you, college is less scary and that makes me feel comfortable and less stressed," wrote one nominator. Another noted, "Marie is the type of asset the University looks for and it's a privilege to have her around. She represents the University to parents and students, as well as her colleagues, and she does the job well enough that parents and students are always sending her thank-you letters."
"I believe the role of an academic adviser is to empower their students with information and knowledge of how to accomplish their educational goals," Johnson-Ham said. "An adviser should be caring and empathetic; warm and friendly; nonjudgmental; knowledgeable; motivating and stimulating; a mentor who provides guidance through students' academic careers."
coordinator of undergraduate advising in the College of Business Administration. She
started working at UT in 1976 in the
Division of Continuing Education. She became an adviser in International Student Services
in 1979 and moved to the College of
Business Administration to advise undergraduates in 1983. She was promoted to coordinator
of the college's undergraduate
advising in 1991. She also has taught as an adjunct instructor.