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Sept. 6, 2012
Allison Hoffmann, an instructor in Northwest’s Department of Business, is the recipient of the Outstanding Advising Award for Faculty Academic Advising, presented by the National Academic Advising Association, as well as the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award for the Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs.
“Allison is very student focused, and students are able to immediately make a connection with her both in the classroom and outside,” said Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor of management and former department chair. “Allison’s devotion in helping her students is well known on campus as she always goes above and beyond the call of duty. She exemplifies a passionate and professional teacher determined to help her students learn.”
Hoffmann, who advises nearly 200 undergraduate business majors each trimester, serves as a faculty academic advisor in the Department of Business. As an academic advisor, Hoffmann is a liaison between students and the resources Northwest offers to help them succeed. Hoffmann also puts emphasis on building relationships with each student to cultivate their success.
“I pride myself on developing a personal relationship with each and every advisee,” Hoffmann said. “I strive to make each advisee feel as though they are the only advisee I have. These relationships aren’t created through meeting one time each year, but instead are fostered through frequent communication, being available to students and being approachable for both academic and nonacademic issues.”
In addition to her academic advisement of students, Hoffmann advises multiple student groups at Northwest, including the American Marketing Association, the Delta Mu Delta business administration honor society, Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Society service organization.
A member of Northwest’s faculty since 2006, Hoffmann’s academic interests include emerging trends in business communication, corporate culture and structure, organizational leadership and employee motivation.
Hoffmann also is a Northwest alumna, earning both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University.
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