May 22, 2009
Deborah Johnson Toomey '94, '96, instructor of marketing and management, has been selected to receive the 2009 Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit (Faculty Academic Advising category) from the National Academic Advising Association.
The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in serving as academic advisers and academic advising administrators. The Faculty Academic Advising category includes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching but who make significant contributions to their institution's advisement program.
Toomey is one of 13 advisers nationwide who will be honored this year with a certificate in the Faculty Academic Advising category. She began her Northwest career in 1997 as coordinator of student orientation and transfer affairs and later served as assistant director of student advising and associate director of admissions before joining the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies faculty in 2004.
The National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, initiated its awards program for advising professionals and faculty in 1983. The organization's goal is to promote quality academic advising and professional development opportunities that enhance the educational experience for all students.
Toomey is to receive the award this fall during the 10,000-member association's annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.