When Barbara Schooley came to the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) in 1980, the college had no advisors; or rather, everyone inside the door was an advisor. Barbara was interviewed for a job that suffered constant turnover given the line of students appearing at that door. As has been said, she quickly showed the administration which students at the door had real problems and which students were real problems.
She soon noted the lack of designated advisors in the college and lobbied for the creation of an A&S advising center, staffed then by three half-time graduate students. Arts & Sciences now has a full, professionally-staffed advising center to serve the important advising needs of their students.
In 1988, as a new Assistant Dean, Barbara began to recognize a need for better communication among those professionals involved with undergrauate advising. She then approached the Provost at that time about the need to bring together those individuals regularly, and she received his blessing. After researching other campuses' advising resources, she began communicating with the relevant units on UC's campus, and coordinated a series of initial meetings, where she and a group of dedicated professionals began the process of forming what we know as UCUAADA. In the beginning it was a 'tough sell' for funding, space, and support, but Barbara made it happen.
In 2013, Barbara was recognized for her efforts and contributions to UCUAADA, and an award was named for her, which will recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the group. Thank you, Barbara and to the many dedicated representatives who began this journey 25 years ago!
Dr. Caroline Miller is the second recipient of the Barbara Schooley Award for Outstanding Contributions to UCUAADA. Dr. Miller has been a devoted advocate for advising since she arrived at UC 10 years ago. She has been an engaged and interested part of the UCUAADA community’s daily activities and concerns throughout her service at UC. She has channeled new resources into advising more consistently than any other UC administrator and is, to a great extent, responsible for much of the establishment and expansion of our current programs. Dr. Miller cares deeply about advising and understands its impact. When asked once what she would do after retirement, she said she thinks she’ll see if anyone would hire her to be a part-time advisor!
Her leadership style that has been so foundational in supporting advising and many of our student success programs is characterized by the way she lives out her leadership approach. This is part of the reason that her keynote speeches at the UC Advising Conferences the last two years have been the most highly evaluated sessions of the day. We are very fortunate to have her dedicated service to UCUAADA. Honoring Dr. Caroline Miller with this award is a privilege for the entire UC advising community.
Ned Donnelly was chosen as the first recipient of the Barbara Schooley Award for Outstanding Contributions to UCUAADA. Below is a summary of just some of the contributions he has made:
Thank you, Ned, and Congratulations!