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Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Professor Receives Advising Award

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Dr. Kayla Johnson

Dr. Kayla Johnson is one of three University of Kentucky advisors named recipients of awards from NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. NACADA is an organization that promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students.

Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation and director of Graduate Global Learning Initiatives in the College of Education, won the NACADA Region 3 Excellence in Advising: Faculty Advisor award.

NACADA’s Outstanding Advising Awards annually recognize individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration. Recipients were recently honored at the NACADA Region 3 Conference.

Also garnering awards were Shawn Stewart, academic advisor in the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, and Jordan Hoehler, senior academic advisor in the UK College of Communication and Information.

“University of Kentucky advisors being acknowledged in a global association like NACADA really emphasizes the extraordinary impact advisors are having on students at our university and fellow advising professionals around the world,” said Casey Owen Shadix, director of the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Health Sciences and NACADA Region 3 Chair. “Not only are we doing remarkable work to ensure students cultivate lives of meaning and purpose, but we are also implementing best practices on a global scale as we drive the standard for the powerful potential advising can have on the student experience.”

The UK Advising Community empowers students through individualized support, guidance and connection to resources to realize and achieve academic, career and personal goals.

Academic advising at UK is an ongoing educational process that connects students to their undergraduate education, their career pathway and to resources. As students progress through their academic programs, their advising needs change. Faculty advisors support students in a variety of ways by providing mentorship and specialized information related to an academic program. Program advisors provide an additional layer of support and guidance for students. University academic and career advising is the responsibility of the student and academic support office and those colleges offering degree programs. Working together, each area seeks to provide assistance in navigating the degree process, career pathways and university policies and procedures.

The UK Advising Network is an allied member of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. For more advising information and resources visit www.nacada.ksu.edu.