James Madison University

Ward Honored by NACADA

It was recently announced that Carroll Ward, a part-time nursing faculty member and freshman advisor at James Madison University, will receive the 2013 Outstanding Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). This award, given annually, is presented to the top academic advisor in the nation in two categories - faculty advisor and professional advisor. Ms. Ward is the third academic advisor from JMU to receive this prestigious national honor.

Of her experience as a freshman academic advisor Ward says: “Freshman advising is a developmental relationship between two people forging trust, exercising compassion, and listening to one another.  When you are an advisor you quickly learn that every student has a story to share.  A successful and effective advisor understands that although you cannot change the essential aspects of a student’s story, you can help them to successfully navigate the college experience. Every freshman advisee has something that could be an obstacle to their success; my job is to listen to their individual story and help them to discover how to make use of their experiences and abilities to be successful at JMU.  As a freshman advisor I embrace the intellect, creativity, energy, and passion that freshmen bring to the JMU campus each year.” 

Dr. Julie Sanford, Department Head of Nursing, states, “We are proud of Ms. Ward’s accomplishment and appreciate her service.  Advisors play a key role in helping new students adjust to the JMU environment and academic expectations.  We are fortunate to have Ms. Ward as a Freshman advisor in the Department on Nursing.”

If you would like to congratulate Carroll on this achievement you may email her at wardcl@jmu.edu.