2016 Excellence in Advising Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Advisor Award winners

The UO All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) held its third annual awards ceremony on May 25 to recognize and celebrate excellence in undergraduate advising and the positive impact exceptional advising and mentoring has on the undergraduate student experience at the University of Oregon. This year’s honorees included Outstanding Faculty Advisor award recipient Dr. Alisa Freedman, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures; and Outstanding Professional Advisor award recipient Miranda Atkinson, Assistant Director of Student Services and a career and academic advisor in the School of Journalism and Communication.


Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Dr. Alisa Freedman, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Dr. Freedman was recognized for her work expanding intellectual opportunities for, and cultivating advising relationships with undergraduate students in and beyond the classroom.  She was introduced by the Director of the Asian Studies program at the UO, Dr. Tuong Vu, who related some of the ways Dr. Freedman has forged high-touch connections that break down barriers between students and faculty. In her role as a Faculty Fellow within Residence Life, her collaborations with residence hall staff have fostered positive faculty / student interactions and created opportunities for mentorship that have expanded the learning/advising environment well beyond traditional boundaries, making her a role model for other campus advisors. 

Outstanding Professional Advising Award – Miranda Atkinson, Assistant Director of Student Services School of Journalism and Communication.

Atkinson was recognized for her passionate commitment to student success and the role she has played in mentoring students through challenges and obstacles.  She was introduced by SOJC advertising major Niki Soule, who shared how Atkinson’s unwavering support and encouragement have been critical to her success at UO.  Atkinson’s colleagues also commended her for her leadership and mentorship of not only students, but other advisors, and for her work developing strong campus partnerships and innovative programming aimed at student success.  Atkinson is a founding member of the UO All-Campus Advising Association and is currently a regional leader in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards program is a collaboration between the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  In March, UO students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to nominate a favorite advisor for the award, which annually recognizes one outstanding faculty advisor and outstanding professional advisor.  Nearly 200 separate nominations were received for 101 individual advisors.  Fifty-one complete applications were submitted, representing thirty-five different departments and advising units.  Award winners were recognized at the ceremony and each received a $2,000 stipend.

The ceremony was very well attended and included comments by President Michael Schill and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Lisa Freinkel.  Both emphasized the critical role undergraduate advising and mentorship play in influencing students’ successful and timely graduation.