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Master Advising Certificate Program

Master Advisor Certificate Mission Statement

In keeping with the Old Dominion University Undergraduate Advising Mission Statement and Goals (as published in the Undergraduate Catalog), assist faculty in developing the skills and perspectives needed to successfully teach students how to achieve their academic and career goals.
The program has three learning objectives:


Level 1 - Conceptual

  • Understand that advising is teaching
  • Ability to explain how advising is teaching
  • Understand the importance of advising as a retention tool

Level 2 - Relational

  • Develop the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a mentor to undergraduate students
  • Understand the communication processes in relation to student development theory
  • Develop the ability to assist students in their academic and career planning
  • Understand the curricular planning process to meet graduation requirements
  • Understand the needs of different student populations

Level 3 - Informational

  • Learn how to navigate and find University information in printed an online formats
  • Demonstrate use of LEO ONLINE and DegreeWorks
  • Possess knowledge of the services available to students and the basic referral process

ODU Advising Award Winners

2012-13 Award Winners

New Advisor: Katie Ferrara, College Advisor, College of Health Sciences (Also recognized with 2013 Region 2 Excellence in Advising-New Advisor award & 2013 NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit)

Advisor-Primary Role: Tammey Johnson, Program Advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies-Teacher Preparation Program, College of Arts and Letters

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ed Gomez, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies program, Darden College of Education (Also recognized with 2013 NACADA Outstanding Advisor-Faculty award)

Advising Administrator: Daniela Cigularova, Assistant Director, ODU-Virginia Beach Higher Ed Center (Also recognized with 2013 Region 2 Excellence in Advising-Administrator award & 2013 NACADA Outstanding Advisor-Administrator Certificate of Merit)

2011-12 Award Winners

New Advisor: Brooke Brown, Assistant Director, Transfer Advising and Articulation, Academic Enhancement

Advisor-Primary Role: Connie J. Morgan, Undergraduate and Transfer Advisor, ODU Peninsula Higher Ed Center

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Socha, Professor of Communication, College of Arts and Letters (Also recognized with 2012 Region 2 Excellence in Advising-Faculty award & 2012 NACADA Outstanding Advisor-Faculty Certificate of Merit)

Sandy Waters, Assistant Dean, Advising and Transfer Programs (Recognized with 2012 Region 2 Excellence in Advising-Administrator & 2012 NACADA Outstanding Advisor-Administrator awards)

2010-11 Award Winners

New Advisor: Morgan Morrison, University College Success Advisor to the College of Arts and Letters (Also recognized with 2011 Region 2 Outstanding New Advisor & 2011 NACADA Outstanding New Advisor awards)

Advisor-Primary Role: Marena Hill-Bartos, site director-Richmond, Distance Learning

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Younkin, CDA and lecturer in Psychology, College of Sciences

Advising Administrator: Kim Herbert, Director, College of Sciences Advising Center

Dr. Carol Simpson, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs (Recognized with 2011 Region 2 Outstanding Advising Advocate award)