The Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA) recently honored two academic advisors for their hard work and dedication to their students.
Outstanding Academic Advisor: Erin Schultz, College of Education
Professionalism, confidentiality, trustworthiness and accountability are the foundations for Schultz’s attitude toward all students that are fortunate enough to meet and work with her, said nominator Jane Dimitt, director of the Office of Advising and Recruiting for the College of Education.
Students often express how supportive and informative Schultz is as an advisor.
Schultz started her career as a school counselor at Wea Ridge Middle School. She later realized that she could use her skills to benefit a different set of students.
“As a Boilermaker and previously a school counselor, academic advising at Purdue was a natural fit for me,” she says.
Co-workers lauded her work mentality and commitment in letters of support.
“It is made clear through her actions that Erin sees her advising role as going beyond suggesting courses for a plan of study to include the work of mentoring, listening, supporting and encouraging her students,” says Jill Newton, associate professor of Mathematics Education.
Schultz has been a member of PACADA since her first year on campus and co-chair of the Communications Committee since 2014.
“I love being a difference-maker. I hope that I have made some sort of impact in the lives of my students, and that, as future teachers, they will be paying it forward,” she says.
Outstanding New Professional: Christine Hofmeyer, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Hard work, willingness to learn and a strong desire to help students have marked Hofmeyer’s time as an advisor in the Office of Student Services in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, where she took on two roles: academic advisor and graduate program coordinator.
“Christine is very friendly and engaging with her students and they are comfortable talking with her and discussing their concerns,” says John B. Dunning Jr., professor and director of the Office of Student Services.
Hofmeyer has worked as an academic advisor for a little more than a year, but already knows the job was the perfect fit for her.
“I love to learn, so being employed at an educational institution is a natural fit for me. I love being part of the students’ academic, emotional, social and professional development plan as they progress through their college years,” she says. “I met my freshman and transfer students when they visited the university as prospective students, and I have assisted them with various issues during their first year at Purdue and have enjoyed watching their transformations. I have learned from the ongoing experiences of my sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students.”
Hofmeyer says she became an academic advisor because she wanted to be more directly involved with Purdue students.
“I’m a people person and am driven by opportunities to serve others,” she says.
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