Honors College searches for new academic advisor

Shantel Pettway

The Honors College is in the process of finding another academic advisor.

It is currently in the long-list stage of hunting for a new employee, which means they’ve narrowed the picking pool of 100 applications down to about six or eight, according to Craig Cobane, the executive director of the Honors College.

Some of the applicants are WKU alumni. Cobane said the choosing pool will be narrowed down to a short list of three or four applicants.

The process of choosing the next academic advisor for the Honors College is headed by Interim Associate Director Dana Bradley.

Ami Carter, the former academic advisor, left the Honors College this year to start life with her husband in Indianapolis, according to Cobane.

Carter’s departure from the Honors College leaves academic advisor Wolfgang Brauner to advise the Honors College students by himself.

“It’s a challenge to advise all of these students, especially when numbers keep growing,” Brauner said.

Advising students entails more than helping students choose their semester schedules, said Cobane.

“Academic advisors look into the dreams of the students and refers (sic) them to scholarship opportunities, programs and faculty,” Cobane said.

Two-thirds of the Honors College students study abroad, said Brauner.

“We [the Honors College] do more than co-curriculars … It’s about what we do outside of the class—preparing students for pre-professionalism,” Brauner said.

Cobane is certain the position will be filled by a deserving candidate.

“There are lots of talented people [in the application pool] and I’m very confident that we’ll find the right fit,” Cobane said.

Carter was greatly admired by her students and co-workers. Cobane says she received many gifts over the four years she was with the Honors College.

“We are in a transition period,” Brauner said. He expressed some uncertainty about whether the new advisor who will work alongside him will live up to the high bar Carter left behind.

“Ami is a hard act to follow, but we are confident to find a great replacement,” he said.