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Awards / Honors

Donovan honored as outstanding Student Affairs in Higher Education faculty member

November 10, 2010

Jody Donovan, interim dean of students and faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program at Colorado State University, received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV-West Outstanding Faculty Member Award. The award was given at the annual NASPA conference in Omaha Nov. 3-5.

Contributed significantly to graduate education

Jody Donovan, interim dean of students and SAHE faculty member, has been honored as the NASPA Region IV-West Outstanding Faculty Member.

The Outstanding Faculty Member Award is presented to the faculty member who has contributed significantly to graduate higher education and to the preparation of student affairs professionals.

“I have been involved with our SAHE graduate program for over 30 years and know of no other faculty member who has had the broad ranging impact that Jody Donovan has had. She is an outstanding faculty member every day on our campus, in the region, and on a national level,” said David McKelfresh, program chair of the SAHE program in the School of Education, College of Applied Human Sciences.

SAHE faculty for 13 years

Donovan has been a faculty member in the SAHE program for the past 13 years. She co-teaches student development theory for first-year students. Additionally, she developed and co-teaches a class titled, “Partnering with Parents and Families.”

Donovan has been on the steering committee for the development of an online SAHE certificate program and online SAHE master’s program. She is developing an online student development theory course which will be the first online course to be taught for the certificate program in the spring of 2011.

She has coordinated the Division of Student Affairs graduate assistantships and selection process since 1997. This is a huge undertaking including 45 internships, and is one of the foundational components of the SAHE Program.

Donovan has been advising masters level students for the past decade. She has been asked to teach and coach new advisors for the program.

National leader

Donovan has become a national leader in her areas of expertise and is continually sought out for presentations, advice, and consultation. She recently published a chapter focusing on “Relating to Parents and Family” in the NASPA casebook titled, “More than listening: A casebook for using counseling skills in Student Affairs work.” She has been an evaluator for the Council on the Advancement of Standards, or CAS, for their recent addition on Parent and Family Programs. She has published in the NASPA Journal, the Journal of College Student Development, the NASPA IV-West Newsletter, the Journal of Student Affairs, and to mention just a few.

Students grateful for dedication, guidance

“Since entering the world of higher education in the fall of 2000, I have encountered many professionals whom I value, yet only a few I consider to be mentors. Jody is one of those mentors, someone for whom I have utmost respect and admiration. I can most assuredly say she has had a profound impact on me. I am ever-grateful for Jody’s dedication to my success, throughout graduate school – and beyond!” says Dan Balski, a 2010 SAHE graduate.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
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