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April 16, 2018

Joan “Rosi” Rosebush, senior lecturer and director of student success in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the inaugural winner of the University of Vermont’s new Outstanding Faculty Advising Award.  

The award is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Provost, the Student Government Association, the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate and the UVM Advising Center.

“Rosi Rosebush is the very epitome of the kind of excellent faculty advising this new award is meant to honor,” said UVM provost David Rosowsky. “We’re thrilled to be able to formally recognize her for the wise counsel, warm support and extraordinary dedication she has given to hundreds of students over many years.”

Award winners receive a taxable $2,500 cash award or $2,500 in professional development funds, an achievement placard of their choice and a listing in a display in the Waterman Building that recognizes their contribution.

Rosebush received multiple nomination from students, faculty, staff and administrators, who praised her for her dedication to students, her holistic approach and her “advising acumen.”

“Rosi’s efficacy as an advisor is rooted in her sincere care for her advisees not just as students, but also as people,” one student nominator wrote. “Rosi has a holistic approach, always striving to understand how a student’s personal life may be impacting their academic and student life.”

“From the very first day of orientation, Rosi has been my go-to person,” wrote another student. “She was always willing to make time for me, whether this was early in the morning or late at night or even on a weekend.”

“…Rosi takes care of the full student,” a nominating parent wrote. “CEMS has demanding programs involving complex math and science. Rosi was always there for my son. Rosi served as his advisor for all four years, making time for him whenever he needed it.”

The Outstanding Faculty Advising Award is awarded to faculty members based on the criteria for excellent undergraduate advising set out in A Vision for Academic Advising at UVM.

Rosebush will be formally acknowledged at the Faculty Awards ceremony on November 8th.

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