by Geoff Larcom, Published May 04, 2011
YPSILANTI – Linda Lewis-White, a professor in teacher education in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, has been selected as an outstanding advising award winner by the profession's national association.
The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) honored Lewis-White, of Ypsilanti, as part of the organization's annual awards.
The award is presented to professionals who have demonstrated outstanding academic advising of students or exceptional administration of academic advising. Lewis-White won in the Faculty Academic Advising category, which includes scholars whose primary responsibility is teaching but spend a portion of their time advising students.
"This award recognizes the importance of the collaboration between professional advisers and faculty advisers as they work to help students actualize their educational and career aspirations," Lewis-White said.
Lewis-White came to EMU in 1996, after 20 years of teaching experience in elementary education in Texas, where she taught bilingual education in Dallas and nearby Arlington.
At Eastern, Lewis-White has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reading instruction, including courses in linguistics and English as a second language teaching methods.
She has worked with technology in the classroom for over 20 years and has also worked with Michigan Department of Education in various capacities as the state developed the standards for elementary teacher certification.
Lewis-White currently is the lead advisor for the Department of Teacher Education at the EMU College of Education, and also works with area community colleges and in advising transfer students.
Since 1983, the National Academic Advising Association has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The group seeks to promote quality advising and the professional development of its membership, to the benefit of students.
The association's membership consists of more than 10,000 faculty members, professional advisers, administrators, counselors and others whose focus is the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students. The headquarters are located at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Lewis-White, whose hometown is Fresno, Calif., earned her doctorate in reading from East Texas State University. She earned a masters in social sciences and a bachelors in home economics from California State University, Sacramento.
She will be honored at the association's annual conference this fall, in Denver.
For more information, see the website at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Programs/Awards/index.htm