Celebrating Outstanding Faculty Advisors

Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

The DUE/UAAP and invited guests honored the accomplishments of seven exceptional freshman advisors at a special ceremony on May 14, 2014. Recipients were selected from a pool of nominations by freshman advisees, associate advisors, and faculty expressing a myriad of reasons their candidate deserved a 2013-2014 Advisor Award. The nominations spoke to the important role faculty advisors have served in supporting and influencing the experience of students.

At the ceremony, Dean Denny Freeman reiterated his priority to ensure that first-year students have the opportunity to engage with and get to know faculty on a personal basis. Student feedback underscores that relationships with faculty are critical, not only in advising and guiding students, but also in helping them think through their academic plans, pursue internships and global experiences, engage in UROP, and contemplate life beyond MIT, whether it be graduate school or professional work.

The following outstanding faculty advisors received awards in seven distinct categories:

Noel Jackson

Creative Advising Activity Award

Professor Noel Jackson

“Building a community for his advisees”

Outstanding Rookie Advisor Award

Professor Mark Bathe
Biological Engineering

“An enthusiastic novice who demonstrated wisdom and finesse in advising”

Steven Leeb

Outstanding Veteran Advisor Award

Professor Steven Leeb
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

“A strong advocate for faculty advising freshmen who is deeply committed to his advisees”

Vivek Bald

Alan J. Lazarus (1953) Excellence in Advising Award

Professor Vivek Bald
Comparative Media

“Providing support and being committed to the success of his advisees”

David Schmittlein

Excellence in Mentoring Award

Professor David Schmittlein
Sloan School of Management

“For his commitment to the holistic growth and development of his advisees”

Raul Radovitzky

Student Champion Award

Professor Raul Radovitzky
Aeronautics and Astronautics

“A strong advocate and supporter of students”

Jonathan Runstadler

Innovative Seminar Award

Professor Jonathan Runstadler
Biological Engineering

“His creative seminar challenged students to think and engage deeply in the subject”