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Barbara Schooley Award



Barbara Schooley

About Barbara:

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!




Ned Donnelly

About Ned:

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:

  • Serving as a regular consultant, guide, and brainstorming partner in the development of sound advising programs
  • Providing critical big-picture insights into student and administrative issues during advising forums and training sessions
  • Offering a supportive and developmental supervisory style to the staff that has worked for you
  • Serving as UCUAADA convener as well as the Advising Resource partner for UCUAADA
  • Having research on advising published in the NACADA journal
  • Co-authoring one of the most lengthy and comprehensive UC|21 proposals selected for significant funding and implementation
  • Co-leading a comprehensive Task Force and white paper on e-Advising that will be used as a tool to inform SIS selection, planning and implementation
  • Supporting university-wide advising technology needs, including development of the Individual Advising Plan tool for Semester Conversion
  • Going well above and beyond in various large and small ways to support and advance the advising practices and services of the university.

Thank you, Ned, and Congratulations!



Award Criteria:

  • Recipient should be an advocate for UCUAADA to upper level administration.

  • Recipient should be a strong proponent of academic advising as a profession at the university through advocating for professional development and growth opportunities.

  • Recipient should make a contribution that supports and advances advising practices and services of the university.  Contribution (s) shall impact the advising community, as a whole, at UC.

  • Recipient should serve as a role model for Advisors by leading with integrity in their decision-making and practice.