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Chapman Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award recipients recognized

Published: October 18, 2019 Author: Staff reports

University College recognized Eddith Dashiell and Ann LaComb with the Chapman Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award for the 2018-19 academic year at the University Academic Advising Council meeting on Oct. 16, 2019.

The annual award recognizes outstanding staff and faculty advisors with a plaque and a stipend to support professional development. 

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Scripps College of Communication Eddith Dashiell, Ph.D., joined the faculty in the Scripps School of Journalism in 1992 and has served in numerous leadership roles at the University in addition to teaching and advising.

Dr. Dashiell’s nominators lauded her as a great advisor who is responsive, patient, and supportive. “My advisor makes me feel accepted and welcomed on this campus and in my program,” said student Destiniee Jaram, describing Dashiell. “She makes sure I know what classes to take and when. She has impacted my experience for the better.”

Ann LaComb, M.Ed., serves as director of professional advising and transitions for Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her nominators described her as an approachable, helpful, passionate, and inspiring leader and advisor.

“The door to Ann's office is ALWAYS open, and many students have talked to her in addition to their regular advisor,” said Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Kelly Johnson. “Students see her repeatedly and follow her advice. They understand that she is there to help them further their program and career.”

University College celebrates the important work of faculty and staff across campus whose strong advising makes a positive impact on students’ academic careers. Through shared responsibility and engagement, strong student-advisor relationships ensure academic success. 

The Chapman Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award was created in honor of Laura Chapman, former University College assistant dean for student services, and Lora Clapp, former University College assistant dean for first-year programs. Retired Dean David Descutner established the endowed, university-wide award to celebrate Chapman and Clapp's 50 collective years of caring, student-centered advising. 

Nominations for the Chapman Clapp Award are submitted by Ohio University faculty, staff, and students.