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U advisors win national awards

Congratulating Jen Wozab and Madeline Rencher.

For the third year in a row, two University of Utah academic advisors have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 2021 Global Awards Committee:

  • Jen Wozab, Certificate of Merit | Outstanding Primary Advisor
  • Madeline Rencher, Award Recipient | Outstanding New Advisor

The NACADA Global Awards recognize individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising within higher education, ultimately enhancing student success.

Before submitting an awards packet for the NACADA Global Awards, Wozab and Rencher were recipients of The University of Utah 2020 University Academic Advising Community (UAAC) awards. The UAAC committee then assists these award-winners through the NADACA Global Awards process.

NADACA takes several advising qualities into account in determining outstanding advisors including strong interpersonal skills, frequency of contact with advisees, evidence of student success rate and monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals.

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Jen Wozab, Certificate of Merit | Outstanding Primary Advisor

Headshot of Jen Wozab

“The University of Utah’s Advising Awards Committee, we were impressed by Jen’s commitment to transforming how we see advising as advocacy, breaking down barriers to student access, and creating a sense of belonging for students within her college. Resounded in her award packet were examples of her core belief that students matter and that the work of social justice is the work of advising. One of Jen’s students wrote, “Jen’s work for the School for Cultural and Social Transformation is lasting and felt by every student”. Our committee and NACADA’s Global Awards Committee could not agree more. She is an exceptionally dedicated advisor who is invested in the success of every student.” — Ashley Glenn, director, outreach and orientation, Academic Advising Center

[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-xs-6″]Madeline Rencher, Award Recipient | Outstanding New Advisor

Headshot of Madeline Rencher

“Within her advising, Madeline encourages students to envision universities as places of possibilities and emboldens her students to get outside of their comfort zone and explore the world around them. At heart, Madeline is a teacher who thrives in environments where she can inspire life-long learning and foster personal growth. Her commitment to (and enthusiasm for!) helping students to navigate their journey shone through her award support materials, and our committee was delighted to see the NACADA Global Awards Committee recognize her dedication to advising and care for students!” — Ashley Glenn, director, outreach and orientation, Academic Advising Center