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State Organization Honors Brant as Outstanding Academic Advisor

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 19, 2015) – Dedicating her time to helping students, longtime University of Central Missouri staff member Paula Brant was honored in her professional field when the Missouri  Academic Advising Association presented her with the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. She was honored during the organization’s annual conference Sept. 24-25 at Camden on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Brant, who serves as an academic advisor in the College of Health, Science, and Technology, received the award in the Academic Advising, Primary Role category. This honors individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.  Other award categories were for Faculty Academic Advising and Academic Advising Administration.

Paula Brant
Paula Brant

To be eligible for the award, an individual must serve as an academic advisor, faculty, academic advisor, or advising administrator and be employed by a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. MACADA membership is not a requirement, and institutions could only nominate one individual in each category.

State-level criteria have been adapted from criteria established by the National Academic Advising Association, as MACADA hopes state winners will be nominated by their home schools for national awards. The awards selection committee evaluated nominations based on evidence of qualities and practices that distinguished the nominee as outstanding in their academic advising area. They considered qualities such as strong interpersonal skills; availability to advisees, faculty, or staff; participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees, and monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals.

They also looked at traits such as the ability to engage, promote and support developmental advising; evidence of administering an academic advising program that supports NACADA’s Core Values; evidence that the advising program reflects standards of good practice in academic advising, according to national standards; and participation in and support of advisor development programs.

Brant currently advises approximately 600 students in the College of Health, Science, and Technology and  is specifically assigned to majors in the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology. She advises students in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Corporate Fitness, Dietetics, and Sport Management areas.

Also becoming the first professional staff member to receive the Academic Advisor of the Year Award at UCM in 2015, Brant said she is honored to be recognized by both the university and MACADA.

“I strive to provide a positive experience for my students by developing relationships with them and feel that I truly have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and their experience here at UCM,” she noted.

Brant is a UCM alumna, having earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1998 and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration in 2011. She came to the university in 1987 as a recruitment secretary for the Office of Admissions. Her tenure includes positions as administrative assistant to the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, and career development coordinator for Career Services. She has served as an advisor for the College of Health, Science, and Technology since 2008.

In addition to her work advising students, Brant has served on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and has held leadership positions, including president, for both the Professional Staff Council and the Support Staff Council.

She has been a member of MACADA, NACADA, and the Statewide Committee on Transfer and Articulation since she began advising in 2008.