Roger Aden, a School of Communication Studies professor and faculty advisor and Paula Linscott, a student success advisor in the Harris Student Support Center, were honored by the University Academic Advising Council as winners of the Chapman Clapp Outstanding Advisor awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The university-wide awards go to two advisors every year, with one designated for a professional advisor and the other for a faculty advisor. Both students and staff can nominate advisors for this award. Three components are considered when judging candidates: accessibility and availability to students; knowledge, understanding and articulation of curriculum requirements; and commitment to student success.
Imani Evans, a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies, nominated both Linscott and Aden.
“Being their advisee makes me feel confident that I am on the right path,” Evans said. “Not just academically, but also to carry good habits past graduation.”
Aden has been a professor and faculty advisor in the School of Communication Studies for 28 years.
Discussing his award and the significance of the Scripps College having two advisors selected for it, Aden said it felt fantastic to be recognized in that way.
“One of the things that makes the college special is the degree of commitment and care that people in the entire college demonstrate, from the students working at the front desk downstairs … to faculty members,” Aden said. “When you interact with those folks, you get the sense: ‘these are people who care about me and want me to succeed.’”
Aden said he was flattered and stunned when he found out he had won this award, because he had not ever thought about himself as a great advisor.
“To have that student recognition for the work that you do as a faculty member is the ultimate accolade,” Aden said. “It's nice when your peers and colleagues tell you that you're doing a good job, but our job is to help students learn and grow and so if we hear from students that we’re accomplishing that — that's fantastic.”
Linscott said she felt grateful to receive this award and surprised about the care and thoughtfulness that went into her nominations.
“Whether it's validation from a colleague or validation for my students, I think that the students see it, feel it, know it,” Linscott said. “So when a colleague can see it, feel it, know it, that actually feels even a little bit better because they're on the outside. They're learning about that from an external source.”
Greg Moeller, assistant dean for student success, said Linscott always makes sure that when students leave her office, they have all their questions answered.
“I think Paula was recognized because she truly goes above and beyond for any student who is in her office,” Moeller said. “So whether it's a student that's assigned to her... or a student who's just coming to learn more, she always makes sure that she goes above and beyond for that student.”
Linscott said one of the things she enjoys most about advising is mentoring students.
“I think helping students realize that whatever struggle they're in right now is something they can overcome,” Linscott said. “It is something that is not going to be a struggle forever.”