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About the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards

Each year the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award is presented by the UK Advising Network to one full-time professional advisor and one faculty advisor for outstanding service. Ken Freedman, the award's namesake, was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001. 

In 2018-19, the UK Advising Network became a an institutional member of the National Academic Advising Association and opted to expand its awards program to align with NACADA's National Awards. In addition to the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards, the UK Advising Network started to recognize members of the UK community with awards for an Outstanding New Advisor, Empowering Leadership in Administration, Innovative Advising, and Advocate in Advising - Friend to the Community in 2019.  

Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards

2023 Ken Freedman Award Recipients

Outstanding Professional Advisor:

Ruth Gonzalez-Jimenez, Martin Luther King Cultural Center

Outstanding Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Elizabeth Spencer, College of Communication and Information 

Outstanding Administrator:

Jaime Wainscott, College of Social Work

Outstanding New Advisor:

Brook Harover, Gatton College of Business and Economics, 

Previous Ken Freedman Award Recipients

NACADA-Aligned Awards

2023 NACADA Award Recipients

Global Outstanding Advising Award: Faculty Academic Advising

Dr. Kayla Johnson, College of Education

Region 3 Excellence in Advising: Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Kayla Johnson, College of Education

Region 3 Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Advising

Jordan Hoehler, College of Communication and Information

Region 3 Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Advising

Shawn Stewart, Gatton College of Business and Economics

Previous NACADA Award Recipients