Elizabeth Collins M Ed. - Emerging Professional Award

Liz Collins received her BA in Philosophy in 2009 from the University of Arizona, her Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs in 2013 from The University of Southern California and is currently working on her Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education at the University of Arizona.

According to one of her colleagues, Liz combines a warm, supportive, interpersonal style with a keen eye for efficiency in providing high quality academic advising to FSHD pre-majors, majors, and minors. Another colleague indicated that throughout her years in the advising profession, Liz exemplifies the multitude of characteristics that make an all-around effective, supportive, caring and knowledgeable academic advisor, colleague, and advocate.  She takes a student-centric approach with decision-making, relationship building, and in her professional advising role.

Ms. Collins is also a leader on campus as a University Professional Advising Council (UPAC) co-chair.  She is meticulous and quality-driven with her students and with her profession.  As a lifelong learner, Liz has built collaborations which have been instrumental to her advising philosophy and to her colleagues across campus, within the department and college.  Liz is also gaining national visibility and recognition by way of presentations to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference and ongoing research aimed to improve advisor-student communication.

Elizabeth continually demonstrates that she is a dedicated and caring advisor who is strongly committed to the success of all FSHD students. The FSHD program is proud of their 90% undergraduate retention rate which means that 90% of students who declare FSHD as a major end up graduating with that major. Liz’s efforts to connect personally with students she advises truly make the high retention goals an actual reality.

In addition to the day-to-day work Liz does in her advising role, she also provides new student orientations, consults with prospective students who are considering a FSHD major, and aids in student recruitment efforts both on and off campus.  Liz also co-advises the FSHD Student Ambassadors Club that does year-round volunteer service around Tucson. Her excellent mentoring has helped the club officers develop traits and practices that enable them to efficiently and effectively lead the club.

Liz is a valuable emerging professional who helps spread the Norton School mission of strengthening families, communities, and the market place each day.

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