Laura Scott Is Academic Advisor of the Year 2006

Posted: April 11, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Laura Scott is concise about winning Mason’s Academic Advisor of the Year, “It’s really, really lovely,” says Scott. The assistant professor of English won out against 89 other nominees.

As an English academic advisor, Scott advises undergraduates, monitors and manages enrollment and registration for English majors and assigns adjunct faculty to courses. She believes the best approach to her role as an English academic advisor is to be informed yet take the job with a light-hearted attitude.

“I try to make certain that it’s not completely serious,” says Scott. “If a student is stressed out that a certain grade will make him dive bomb, or when someone comes in my office upset, it is my goal to make sure their spirits are lifted a little bit.”

Scott won the award based on seven different criteria: having a caring, helpful attitude toward students; providing accurate information; being available to students; making appropriate referrals; having knowledge of Mason policies and procedures; supporting student development; and representing the spirit of Mason.

Scott believes it’s her role to act as an informed link between students and the rules and regulations at Mason. “I tell incoming students I am their contract lawyer.”

Last year, Mike Hurley, an academic advisor in the Psychology Department, won the award. Scott works hand-in-hand with Hurley throughout the year on academic advising. “He and I network with each other all the time. Most of the things we are keeping abreast of affect every student,” says Scott.

As her award, Scott received a plaque, basketball tickets for the next season, Patriot Center tickets, Center for the Arts tickets, coupons for George’s Restaurant and a warm-up jacket.

Scott has been at Mason since 1993. She received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University and her master’s degree from George Mason in 1993.