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Academic Advising

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 Academic Services.

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 Academic Services 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