The Outstanding Academic Advisor Award annually recognizes an academic advisor who has demonstrated excellence in such areas as providing superior service to students and/or developing innovative advising strategies and tools that ultimately help students achieve success at Ferris State University.
In 2012, Christine Vonder Haar was named the Outstanding Academic Advisor Awardee.
Vonder Haar was heartily acknowledged by her colleagues and students for her desire to help students in and out of the classroom. She has served as a faculty advisor to numerous student organizations including the Newman Center, Fulbright Student Scholars, and the Shakespeare Interest Group. Vonder Haar maintains regular communication with Ferris statewide coordinators to ensure that our students at these sites receive exceptional advising. Since 2006, she has participated in the Select 60 program mentor and Honors “Lunch and Learn” as a lecturer for the Honors Program students. Over the years, she has worked with students in Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Technology and other programs to complete their applications and letters for further educational opportunities. As her award committee noted, she “works tirelessly with faculty associated with the English Education Program.” She is also a recommended dissertation advisor for Ferris’ Doctorate in Community College Leadership program and a leader in establishing intensive individualized advising and online advising.
Vonder Haar is an associate professor of Languages and Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been employed at Ferris State University since 2005.
2011 - Marcy Parry
2010 - Linda Kuk
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