Tina Gottesman, an Academic Advisor for the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education, has been selected at the 2017 Outstanding Advisor for Auburn University.
“I am thrilled to be selected for the AU Outstanding Advisor Award! I love working with college students,” said Gottesman. “My day is spent talking to interesting people and helping them reach their goals. I go home every day fulfilled.”
Several people from around the campus including members of the Honors Program, Office of the Registrar, College of Science and Math, and School of Kinesiology all wrote letters in support of her nomination. Selection is based on interpersonal/human relations skills, professional practices, documented success, and documented advisor development.
One example of her exceptional work is taking the initiative to help provide students with additional research and shadowing opportunities by coordinating faculty research needs with students wanting to assist in labs each term. She has also served as a co-advisor for the Physical Therapy-Occupational Therapy Club for four years. Additionally, she has taught UNIV classes for the Kinesiology learning communities for five years.
“Tina is our ‘bulldog’ when it comes to finding out information and getting an answer to policy concerns,” said Robin Martin, the Director of Advising for the College of Education. “We can rely on her to try to ensure policies are upheld and followed. “
Ms. Gottesman will go on to represent Auburn University in the National Academic Advisors Association (NACADA) on the Regional and possibly National levels. NACADA is The Global Community for Academic Advising comprised of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students. Ms. Martin is submitting Ms. Gottesman’s nomination packet for the Region 4 (Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida) NACADA Award for Excellence in Advising –Primary Role. The award recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.
“These are coveted and prestigious awards in our field,” said Martin. “I believe Tina has won the respect of her students, our faculty, and her peers. She is loved by her students and they know they can go to her for support, honesty, and guidance.”
As part of the Auburn Family, Ms. Gottesman stated, “this award is just confirmation that I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”