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Academic advisor accepted into prestigious leadership program

Alexander Kunkle

Alexander Kunkle

NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) has selected Alexander Kunkle, academic advisor in Western Oregon University’s Academic Advising and Learning Center (AALC), for its Emerging Leader Program (ELP). Only 10 people are selected annually for this prestigious opportunity and it is the first time a WOU advisor has been chosen.

“I am honored to have been selected for the Emerging Leaders Program through NACADA. This program will provide me the opportunity to articulate and achieve my goals within the field of advising and bring those accomplishments back here to WOU to better assist our students,” Kunkle said. The program will provide Kunkle with benefits such as financial support to attend NACADA events and guidance in creating and achieving leadership goals. He will be paired with a mentor over the two-year commitment of this program who will help him develop his leadership skills.

Kunkle started his career in higher education by joining the AALC in 2007, working as a student in the role of peer advisor. Three years later he returned as a staff advisor in the AALC, following his graduation at WOU with bachelor’s degrees in speech communication and social science, with a minor in humanities. He is currently pursing a master’s in information technology from WOU. His role as an advisor focuses primarily on exploratory students, pre-nursing students, education students and any student with general questions about their degree. He was given the NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Award in 2013 and also volunteers as the NACADA Northwest Region 8 communication coordinator.

“AALC and faculty advisors have demonstrated their commitment to providing high quality advising on campus, which has been shown through seven consecutive years of awards from NACADA,” said Karen Sullivan-Vance, AALC director. “This honor will provide Alex with an opportunity to develop his skills through NACADA, and bring those back to benefit campus.”

About NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising
NACADA was created in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students and is the leader within the global education community for the theory, delivery, application and advancement of academic advising to enhance student learning and development. The organization has grown to over 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Established in 1982, the National Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.

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Alex Kunkle
Academic advisor, Academic Advising and Learning Center
503-838-8506 or

Karen Sullivan-Vance
Director, Academic Advising and Learning Center
503-838-8389 or

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