Dr. Lucie Kadjo, assistant professor and coordinator of the Agribusiness Program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Kathleen Kerr, academic advisor and coach at UW-Platteville, were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association for excellence in advising.
Kadjo is receiving the 2021 WACADA Faculty Advisor Excellence Award. She teaches several agribusiness courses and is the advisor of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) club.
“I am very honored to receive the WACADA Advising award,” said Kadjo. “This award is a recognition of my contribution towards students’ success, and I am very grateful and thankful to the students and people who have acknowledged my work.”
Kadjo received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University Hassan I of Settat in Morocco and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in food and resource economics from the University of Florida, with a specialization in marketing, demand and price analysis, and economic development.
Kerr is receiving the 2021 WACADA Advising Excellence Award. She works mostly with freshman and sophomore students, assists undecided students and guides them through the process of finding the best fit major.
“I feel honored to receive the WACADA advising award,” said Kerr. “I enjoy helping students learn how to navigate college life and utilize resources. I try to be approachable and accessible and allow [students] space to ask a lot of questions. I hope my students walk away from our time together feeling supported and challenged to try new things.”
Outside of advising and academic coaching, Kerr has contributed with the development of an advisor training program and created the advising handbook and resources for new advisors and advisees.
The Wisconsin Academic Advising Awards recognize individuals – from any higher education institution in Wisconsin – who work with students in an academic advising capacity and demonstrate outstanding dedication to the profession of academic advising.
Kadjo and Kerr were recognized at the 2021 WACADA Virtual Conference, hosted by Fox Valley Technical College on September 23.