COE grads win university-wide advising awards

March 16, 2021

Two recent College of Education graduates, Alli Bracewell and Stephanie Wood, have been recognized by Auburn University for excellence in advising.

Bracewell is a two-time graduate of the college (Early Childhood Education; Higher Ed Administration). She is a student success coordinator for Auburn Online and won the Outstanding New Advisor Award. Wood is an Elementary Ed graduate who also earned a Master’s in Higher Ed Administration. She is an academic advisor in Nursing and won the Outstanding Professional Advising Award.

Stephanie Wood headshotWood also won the Regional Excellence in Advising- Advisor Primary Role Award and her nomination has just been submitted for the National NACADA Outstanding Advisor Primary Award.

“In my job at the Auburn University School of Nursing. I meet with students to discuss their academic goals and how to utilize their college career opportunities to meet their overall career aspirations,” Wood said. “In addition to meeting with students, I also oversee the holistic admission process for our nursing program.”

After graduating in 2008, Wood taught school before pursuing her desire to connect with college-aged students.

“While I didn’t stay long in Elementary Education, teaching taught me a myriad of skills like communication and viewing advising as a collaborative experience between teacher/advisor, student, and parents,” she said. “My next degree was in Administration of Higher Education in 2019. This was a difficult degree to obtain, because in the middle of my curriculum, my husband and I were blessed with triplets! So to say that I learned a lot is an understatement in both my personal life and my academic career. The Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology at Auburn University provided me an opportunity to evaluate current policies and issues in higher education and ultimately guided my passion for a holistic approach in my advising practice and now admission process for our program. The knowledge that I obtained for this degree set a strong foundation for my future success in my higher education endeavors.”

Alli Bracewell headshotIn her work at Auburn Online, Bracewell serves as the Student Success Coordinator/Academic Advisor for Auburn’s online Business Administration students as well as the Auburn First dual enrollment students.

“I work with two widely varied populations, but the objective of my job remains the same. I am called to work with students and provide a positive experience while helping them achieve their goals. By monitoring student progress and keeping in close contact with faculty I am able to more readily ensure our students succeed.”

Bracewell said her time in the college’s classrooms also made a positive impact on her current work.

“I am beyond grateful for my time in the College of Education. The foundation of my professional career began as a student in the Early Childhood Education program and eventually in the Administration of Higher Education Master’s program. My COE instructors and the curriculum prepared me with the knowledge and skills to effectively interact with others. Because of the amazing resources that Auburn has always provided I am properly equipped to do my job well every single day. I consider it a privilege to give back to the university that has given so much to me.”

Congratulations to our graduates, and thank you for your continuing commitment to living a life of service to others.