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NACADA selects Swanson School's Transfer Peer Mentoring Program as 2016 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award Winner

Program is directed by Christopher Kirchhof, Coordinator of Transfer Student Services

Chris Kirchhof 2016 NACADA AwardPITTSBURGH (May 26, 2016) ... The University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering’s Transfer Peer Mentoring Program was selected as an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award Winner from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, as part of its 2016 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising. The advising program dedicated to transfer students at the Swanson School is directed by Christopher Kirchhof.

The Outstanding Advising Program Awards annually recognize programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising service. This award will be presented during the NACADA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA this fall.

Mr. Kirchhof has led the Transfer Peer Mentoring Program at the Swanson School since 2009. He has presented several times at the annual conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the international association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students which works to enhance the educational development of students. Most recently he presented “Hot Topics in Academic Advising: Advising International Transfer Students.”

He has served as a steering committee member for Region and the Western Pennsylvania Liaison, among other NACADA positions, and was elected NACADA Advising Transfer Students Commission Chairperson through 2016 and Co-Chair of the NACADA Region 2 Conference in 2017. For his contributions to the profession he was recognized with the 2013 NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region 2 Outstanding Academic Advisor – Primary Role, and the 2014 NACADA Commission Sponsored Concurrent Session, 2014 Annual Conference.

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA’s membership has grown to over 11,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

For more information about the Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising, visit the NACADA web page at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Events-Programs/Awards.aspx.


Pictured above from left: Shuixin (Stacy) Jiang ’16, Chemical Engineering; Jordan Dent, Academic Advisor; Nathan Glotzbach ’15, Electrical Engineering; Chris Kirchhof, Coordinator of Transfer Student Services; Anna Herold ’14, Civil Engineering; and Abby Michael, Graduate Intern.

Author: Author: Farrah Turner, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Contact: Paul Kovach