Memphis- Dr. Tracie L. Burke, Director of the Honors Program and Chair/Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Christian Brothers University (CBU) was named Tennessee’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Burke received the award at The Region 3 Conference in Knoxville, TN in May.
Well respected by both students and faculty, Burke was nominated by Dr. Kelli Hefner, Dean of Academic Services, for her active commitment to helping students through the rigors of college and fulfilling their academic goals in order to achieve their dreams. In her statement of advising, Burke commented, “When people ask me what I do for a living I say ‘I am a teacher,’ to which they inevitably reply, ‘Oh, teaching is such a rewarding career.’ I respond by saying that what I have found more rewarding than teaching is mentoring and advising my students and developing meaningful, trusting, loving relationships through which we work together to secure their futures. Perhaps I should instead tell people ‘I am an advisor’.”
NACADA, started in 1977, promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. It is comprised of 10,000 members representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and several other international countries. Members represent higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications and include professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators and students whose responsibilities include academic advising.