Office of the Provost

Outstanding AdvisEr Award

Past Winners

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2008 Award Winners

Dr. Jeanne Funk

Dr. Jeanne Funk, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology. She began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in 1983, was named assistant professor in 1996, associate professor in 1998, professor in 2001, and became the first woman named a Distinguished University Professor in 2006. She has been advising students for 25 years.

“Dr. Funk is one of those advisers who takes a down-to-earth, common sense approach to life,” wrote one nominator. “She understands that there are some parts of life that may take priority over education — such as family — and she does not fault students for putting those parts first.” Another noted, “She has been a reliable and accurate source of information regarding my program. With her encouraging words, eagerness to listen and unconditional compassion, I have been able to reach the point I am at now in my program.”

“How do I establish trust in my advising relationships? I have found that caring and empathy are fundamental to the development of trust. Students know instinctively if faculty care about their well-being and success,” Funk said. “In addition to caring and empathy, advisers must be truly effective. Maintaining an effective trust-based advising relationship requires accessibility and accuracy.”

 Kim Pollauf
Kim Pollauf, interim director of student services in University College. She joined the staff of the former Community and Technical College as a project coordinator in 1991 and became an adviser in University College in 1992. Pollauf was named coordinator of the PASS Program in University College in 1999, transfer credit and graduation specialist in 2000, and interim director of student services last year.

“Kim Pollauf is the reason I stayed with UT to complete my degree,” wrote one nominator. “I believe that Kim actually cares about me and my future, and I know this feeling is spread among all her students.” Another wrote, “Ever since the first time I sat with her for advising, I felt as if she understood and knew where I was at in life.”

“Academic advisers enable students to understand their interests, talents and preferences and how they relate to academic programs of study and careers available in the wider world,” Pollauf said. “It is so satisfying to know that you have played a small part in helping someone on a journey of self-discovery, growth and possibly the achievement of a dream. How many people are ever lucky enough to get paid for that?”

Nomination Information

  • Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to nominate faculty and staff who exemplify excellence in academic advising.
  • Completed nomination forms must be electronically submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to be considered in this year's competition.
  • Winners are eligible to win $1,000.
  • Nomination Form (closed)
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