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Shewfelt claims national academic advisor honors

By Larry Dendy
and Sharon Omahen
University of Georgia

Rob Shewfelt, a professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has earned national recognition as an academic advisor.

Shewfelt will receive the Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association. He's one of 12 people in the nation honored in the faculty academic advising category of the association's national awards program.

The category recognizes faculty members whose primary job is teaching but who spend part of their time providing academic help to students.

Shewfelt is a professor and undergraduate coordinator of the food science and technology department in the CAES. He was entered in the national competition after getting the Outstanding Advisor/Mentor Award at UGA earlier this year.

The UGA award recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in advising undergraduate students on their selection of classes and course of study, for helping them with academic problems and for providing guidance on graduate school, career and related decisions.

Shewfelt has been a member of the CAES faculty for 22 years. He's been teaching and advising students on the Athens campus for the past eight years.

Student favorite

A major theme in his classes is professional development. In one class, "Chocolate Science," he challenges first-year students to think about careers. Another, "Food Science Forum," stresses job-search skills and strategies.

Students describe him as innovative, enthusiastic, passionate and caring. One student said, "The only common factor among Shewfelt's classes is that he strives to get his students to think for themselves."

Another declared, "He expects his students to truly participate in their own education. And he's always willing to explain difficult topics again so everyone can understand."

The NAAA has presented awards in academic advising since 1983. The award will be presented at the group's annual conference in October in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kathy Wilson, an advisor in the insurance, legal studies and real estate department in the UGA Terry College of Business, will also receive an award. She's one of 15 people recognized in a category for people whose primary role is advising students.

(Larry Dendy is assistant to the associate vice president for public affairs of the University of Georgia. Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

(Larry Dendy is assistant to the associate vice president for public affairs of the University of Georgia.)

(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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