AAC New Academic Advisor of the Year Melinda Dunlap
Melinda Dunlap, Academic Advisor for Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, received the New Academic Advisor of the Year award from the Academic Advisory Council. Applicants are nominated by their department and selections are made by AAC from a pool of applicants for overwhelming evidence of qualities and practices which include availability for students, interpersonal skills, mastery of institutional policies and procedures , appropriate referrals to resources, tracking of student progress and goals, and ongoing partnership with colleagues and students.
Dunlap began her role as a professional counselor in the fall of 2019, emerging from her training phase just as the COVID-19 pandemic began. In addition to advising over 200 students, Dunlap assists with freshman and transfer student orientation, teaches several UNIV 1001 University Perspectives and PGNL 2663 sections, and has spearheaded the online integration of the Human Development curriculum. and family science.
Dunlap’s nomination brief noted that she is “a valuable asset to our college and that her background combines the values of counseling and teaching, which reflects her personal desire to continually improve her methods of interacting with students”. Dunlap is committed to the university’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and during “the 2020 and 2021 academic years, Dunlap immersed itself in professional development that involved making our campus a more community inclusive, by completing the Diversity Certificate program at the University of Arkansas. Dunlap demonstrates its commitment to making the campus community a welcoming environment for all.
About AAC: The Academic Advisory Council serves as an advisory group for the undergraduate academic council and reports to the provost on all matters related to his office. The Academic Advisory Council is responsible for helping the institution increase academic success and retention of undergraduate students by highlighting and providing additional support to academic advisory processes.