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Stanley, Field, among 2022 Outstanding Academic Advisors

Alan Flurry

Molly Stanley, the academic advisor in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and Katherine Field, Coordinator of the Franklin College Office of Transfer Academic Services (OTAS), are among the four University of Georgia academic advisors to received 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards. Stanley and Field, along with Whitney Jones and Paul Welch were nominated by their supervisors and selected by a committee of three student representatives from SGA, along with the previous advising award winners.

Molly Stanley, UGA’s Outstanding New Advisor, advises more than 300 students in all six music majors in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Stanley’s experience as a music major and music teacher has allowed her to formulate a unique understanding, knowledge and compassion for the challenges student music majors face.

“Molly has transformed the culture of advising in HHSOM and earned the trust, respect, and admiration of her students, the music faculty, and her advising colleagues,” said Diane Miller, director of student academic services for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “Molly demonstrates skill and knowledge equal to those advisors with several times her experience.”


Katherine Field received the Excellence in Advising Special Populations Award for her work with retention and transfer students. As the coordinator of the Office of Transfer Academic Services for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, she advises an average of 100 students as well as supports prospective and incoming transfer students with an intended Franklin major. She also trains new advisors on transfer student advising and is the primary contact for transfer-related questions from her colleagues.

“Katherine is a caring advocate for transfer students who is committed to helping every student succeed,” Miller said. “She is skilled and compassionate in her service to students, which includes providing retention advising and academic coaching for transfer students on continued probation and responding to a wide variety of transfer student questions and concerns.”

Congratulations to these wonderful colleagues for consistent, extraordinary achievement in roles that are mission-critical to the success of UGA students. We are thrilled to have their contributions to our students, OSAS, Franklin College, and the broader advising community being honored in this way.

Image: Molly Stanley

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