Grabowski Wins Penn State Excellence in Advising Award
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Barbara L. Grabowski, professor of instructional systems, has received the 2009 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award for Faculty.
Grabowski is one of 32 outstanding faculty and staff honored by the University for achieving the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and meritorious service. The honorees received their awards at a ceremony held March 23 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
The Excellence in Advising Award, established by the former Undergraduate Student Government’s Academic Assembly and sponsored by each college, annually honors one full-time faculty member and one full-time professional adviser from any Penn State location who have at least two years of advising experience. Selection criteria are based on excellence in general advising, academic and career guidance, enthusiasm and assistance in decision-making and goal-setting. JoAnn C. Vender, coordinator of undergraduate advising and alumni relations in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, received the Excellence in Advising Award for Staff.
Grabowski, a faculty member in the College’s Instructional Systems Program, said her advising philosophy centers on being an involved guide; showing genuine concern, interest and respect toward one’s advisees as professionals and as human beings; and having a sense of presence in the students’ professional development to expand their understanding of the profession through direct experience in the profession.
“In order to provide guidance,” she added, “it is important to understand who the students are, where they come from, what their interests are. This means acting upon knowledge of students’ interests by being proactive in creating, forwarding and mentoring opportunities that go beyond coursework into professional practice. This also means being there when they need advice.”
Grabowski, who joined the College faculty in 1991, currently serves as president of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. At Penn State, she has led two major research and design grants from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). With assistance from the grants, she involves her students in research and development and provides opportunities for them to work on innovative higher education projects with faculty from different departments across campus.
The 2009 Faculty/Staff Award recipients reach across campuses, colleges, and administrative units and exemplify best practices and achievements among Penn Staters reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research, and service.