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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.

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 and Faculty Development.

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 and Faculty Development 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

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