WACO, Texas (May 12, 2021) –– Brett Gibson, assistant director of College of Arts & Sciences Advisement (CASA), has won the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for 2020-2021 at Baylor University.
“We often say in our office, ‘Everybody loves Brett.’ And this is no understatement,” said Deanne Kramer, director of academic advisors for CASA. “Most importantly, Brett’s students love him. They respect him and they trust him and his ability to guide them to graduation. He is very deserving of this award, and we are blessed to have him as a member of our CASA family.”
Kramer said that Gibson is an integral part of the CASA management team and advising staff.
“Brett not only works with his assigned students, but he also serves as part of our technology team, as a floater during orientation, as a mentor to our newer advisors, and as a trusted colleague for other CASA advisors, advising partners, department chairs and undergraduate program directors, and the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office,” she said. “He is also the only person I have ever hired in CASA where I received so many unsolicited phone calls and emails in support of his application.”
Gibson started work at CASA in Arts & Sciences in September 2016, and became assistant director in December 2019.
“I’m especially honored to receive this award surrounded by such a brilliant community of advisors, both in CASA and across the campus. My colleagues in advising are among the hardest working and brightest individuals I know, and I’m lucky to get to be counted among them,” Gibson said. “I love the work we get to do as advisors, supporting our academic departments and the Dean’s Office –– all while being on the front lines serving Baylor students. Our work feels like a vital part of the University on a daily basis.”
Nominees for the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award must be full-time employees whose primary responsibility is academic advising, and must have served as an advisor at Baylor for two or more years. They are evaluated in five areas: strong interpersonal skills; ability to build and maintain strong relationships with students; mastery of advising information; adherence to established procedures; and advising effectiveness.