In an effort to highlight the importance of academic advising, the Office of the Provost recently established the Outstanding Faculty Advising Award. In November, candidates were nominated by students and alumni and then asked to provide an essay outlining their advising philosophies and activities.
Three VMS faculty members were nominated for the award: Tom Gustad, Janice Haggart, and Rachel Richman. Last week, Ms. Haggart was informed that she would be the first recipient of this new campus-wide honor.
“[The Selection Committee members] were struck by your detailed descriptions of how you adapt your advising strategy to connect with different types of students and your focus on advising the whole person,” wrote Dr. J. Bruce Rafert, NDSU Provost, in the award letter.
This sentiment was also emphasized in one of the student nominating letters: “I view Janice as a teacher, but not an ordinary teacher. She has taught me about life and has guided me in the right direction since she became my advisor.”
Ms. Haggart’s achievement will be recognized with a plaque that will be displayed in the Memorial Union. She will be officially honored on May 2 at the Annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence. She will also receive a $1,000 honorarium.