Kraebber named Purdue's outstanding academic advisor
Sharon Kraebber accepts her Outstanding Academic Advisor Award from 2009 winner Mark Diekman.
Sharon Kraebber was named Purdue’s 2010 Outstanding Academic Advisor by her peers in the academic advising organization PACADA. She is an academic advisor for the Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the College of Technology. The honor also becomes her nomination for a national advising award sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
The University award, which was presented February 2, recognizes the winner’s commitment to professionalism, active involvement in students’ academic goals, and professional development.
In her current role as lead advisor, Kraebber monitors 500 OLS majors on the West Lafayette campus, coordinates degree audits for West Lafayette students and those from the eight statewide technology sites, and oversees more than 100 students involved in summer internships, among other duties. She has a special interest in working with Purdue athletes and helping them adjust to academic life.
One student she advised, Sean McCan, is now neaingy completion of a master's degree in college student personnel administration from the University of West Florida. His interactions with Kraebber have influenced his career choice.
"Her impact on one student is being paid forward to students in Florida," McCan said in his letter supporting her award nomination. "I constantly think back to my undergraduate experience when I'm advising students, 'What did Sharon do that made me feel valued?' I reflect upon my experiences with her in order to better serve students in my current position."
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Kraebber has been active in PACADA, serving as treasurer and on the Campus Affairs and the Membership Records committees.
“Being selected as the PACADA Outstanding Advisor by my Purdue colleagues validates me as an advising professional. I have a passion for Purdue and academic advising. Working with students and assisting them in reaching their academic, career and personal goals bring me much joy and satisfaction,” Kraebber said.
Kraebber earned a bachelor's degree and doctorate from Purdue University and a master's degree from Memphis State University.