Counselor Named Undergrad Adviser of the Year

Nall Nominated by Students in School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

May 19, 2009

Leah Nall, an academic adviser in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, recently was chosen as the University’s Undergraduate Adviser of the Year.

Nall was selected from a list of advisers nominated by students.  As recipient of the award, she received a $1,000 stipend.

“I’m truly honored to receive this award,” Nall said.  “My students took the time to vote for me, and that means a lot.” 

As an academic adviser for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Nall helps students prepare and update their degree plans, aids in the selection of classes and assists them in registering each semester.  She advises students in the fields of psychology, child development, speech language pathology, and audiology, cognitive science and neuroscience.

In addition, Nall teaches RHET 1101, a freshman course that helps prepare students for the collegiate experience.   

“Advising is a tougher job than people may think,” Nall added.  “I can wear 10 different hats in one day:  adviser, friend, coach, teacher, counselor, or bearer of bad news.  I’m never bored with my job, and every day I hear, see and do new things that keep me on my toes.  My students keep me young at heart, and I thank them for that.”

Of Nall, students said:  “She is the most helpful, efficient and knowledgeable adviser I’ve ever seen,” “She works so hard and has been a great help to me during the past four years,” and “She is very enthusiastic about her job and connecting with each and every student that she advises.”

Nall was recognized with two other educators during Honor’s Convocation on Friday, May 15.  Dr. Ivor Page, an associate professor of computer science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, received the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System, and Dr. Paul Stanford, a senior lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, received the President’s Outstanding Teaching Award for non-tenured-track faculty.

She joined the University in 1999 and holds a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Texas State University.


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“Advising is a tougher job than people may think. I can wear 10 different hats in one day:  adviser, friend, coach, teacher, counselor, or bearer of bad news.”

Leah Nall,
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  Leah Nall

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