Dr. Curtis Penrod was this year’s recipient of Excellence in Academic Advising Award, presented annually to a member of Northwestern State University’s faculty. The honor, which has been presented to an NSU faculty member since 2001, is based on advisor knowledge, helpfulness and accessibility.
“Quality faculty-student interactions occur daily at NSU. Many of these interactions take place during academic advising sessions,” said Steve Hicks, executive director of Academic Advising Services. “Over the years, advising sessions have traditionally been either face-to-face, or via email and phone. However, now more than ever, especially during this COVID pandemic, more meetings take place through WebEx, TEAMS or perhaps Zoom. Regardless of the chosen platform, outstanding advisors take ownership and build relationships with their advisees and have a sincere desire to see their students grow and succeed.”
Penrod is coordinator of NSU’s computer information systems program and assistant professor.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” Penrod said. “I love advising students and helping them get enrolled at the university, progress through their degree plan, and achieve their goals. To me, advising is one of the most important things we do at the university. We want to make sure all our students achieve their goals. With so many students with diverse backgrounds, including first generation students and non-traditional students, advising is a key component of ensuring that success.”
Hicks quoted a student who nominated Penrod for the award as follows. “I am a transfer student and returned to school after almost 30 years and have been very fortunate to have Dr. Penrod serve as my advisor. He helped me every step of the way. While there have been many staff members and faculty who have been of assistance, you cannot imagine how initially time-consuming it was to get back in the groove. Dr. Curtis
Penrod has been a phone call or an email away and has helped me in so many ways. I am fortunate I selected Northwestern State University to continue my education.”
“Dr. Penrod is a very fine servant to his department and the NSU community at large,” Hicks said. “He is also exceptional with his advisees, he is patient and very student-centered. We are fortunate to have him at NSU. Congratulations to Dr. Penrod, he is most deserving of this recognition.”
The Academic Advising Award is presented each year during NSU’s annual Fall Faculty Institute, which was presented virtually this year due to COVID-19 safety measures.