Good academic advising helps students succeed at CBU. Academic advisors are representatives of the institution with whom students develop relationships. Advisors are persons who help students begin to form a connection to the academic community. As students advance, advisors help strengthen that connection by encouraging them to identify and pursue their goals and to discover the campus resources that can enable them to achieve these goals. Advisors can also aid students in their efforts to establish connections to the world outside CBU as they approach graduation and make their plans for careers or further study.

Academic Advising Handbook

The Academic Advising Handbook is intended to help CBU advisors help students “make the connection.” The first section is conceptual. It connects academic advising to our institutional mission and core values. It also presents some of the research that relates advising to teaching. The second section includes information that advisors need to help students make informed decisions. The third section offers ideas for creating positive and productive interactions with students.

The handbook is meant for advisors in all disciplines, veteran advisors as well as novices. New advisors should find a helpful introduction to their work as advisors. Experienced advisors should encounter some new ideas and deepen their understanding of their roles. The handbook should provide a useful reference guide to university policies, procedures, and resources and serve as a supplement to the advisor training program coordinated by the Office of Student Success.

The Academic Advising Handbook and worksheets are available for download in PDF format below:

If you have any questions about the documents above or CBU’s Advising Program, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Student Success at (901) 321-3758 or email

CBU Advisor Awards

2010 Dr. Tracie Burke, Outstanding Advisor Award
2010 Ms. Jenny Cowell, New Advisor Award
2011 Dr. Dennis Merat, Outstanding Advisor Award
2011 Dr. Ben Jordan, New Advisor Award
2012 Dr. Randel Price, Outstanding Advisor Award
2012 Dr. James Allen, New Advisor Award
2013 Dr. John A. Varriano, Outstanding Advisor Award
2013 Dr. Jeffrey Sable, New Advisor Award
2014 Dr. Bevalee Vitali, Outstanding Advisor Award
2014 Dr. Divya Choudhary, New Advisor Award
2015 Dr. Jeff Gross, Outstanding Advisor Award
2015 Dr. James Moore, New Advisor Award
2016 Dr. Paul Shiue, Outstanding Advisor Award
2016 Dr. Alison Lukowski, New Advisor Award
2017 Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Outstanding Advisor Award
2017 Dr. Chanda Murphy, New Advisor Award
2018 Dr. John Ventura, Outstanding Advisor Award
2018 Dr. Andrew Assadollahi, New Advisor Award

NACADA Regional Awards

2011 Dr. Tracie Burke: NACADA Mid-South Region 3 Tennessee Outstanding Faculty Advisor
2012 Dr. Dennis Merat: NACADA Mid-South Region 3 Tennessee Outstanding Faculty Advisor
2012 Dr. Tracie Burke: Outstanding Advisor – Faculty Category – Certificate of Merit
2013 Dr. Randel Price: Excellence in Advising – Faculty
2013 Dr. James Allen: Outstanding Advisor – Faculty Category – Certificate of Merit
2014 Dr. John Varriano: Excellence in Advising – Faculty
2015 Dr. Bevalee B. Vitali: Excellence in Advising – Faculty