Jodie Kenney, director of student services within the College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, or CFWS, was one of four professionals recognized by Auburn University for exceptional work at the 10th annual Provost Advising Awards ceremony on March 24.
Kenney received the Outstanding Advising Administrator Award, honoring her dedication and success as an academic advising professional for more than 25 years. As CFWS Director of Student Services, Kenney supervises the student services staff and provides guidance, training and support services for 35 faculty advisors. She is the first staff member of the college to be recognized by the Office of the Provost.
Kenney works collaboratively with faculty advisors and provides a centralized structure of communication and training for advising and student support. Specifically, her faculty training efforts have brought consistency in advising strategies and procedures, resulting in increased student satisfaction.
In addition, she focuses on the students’ needs beyond advising and fosters positive relationships and partnerships while helping students attain desirable learning outcomes. Because of her efforts, students graduate with a greater sense of independence, clarified values, social responsibility, realist self-appraisal, healthy behaviors, intellectual growth, empathy and positive academic choices.
“I believe this award should be presented to each and everyone in the Auburn Advising community; you are the true heroes. Your priority has been and always will be our Auburn University students. You are dedicated, super-sharp and you are resilient; I honor you, along with great respect and admiration. This is what it means to be part of the ‘Auburn Family,’” said Kenney.
Text summarized from award literature.