Thornton Wins Advisor of the Year

Computer Science

The Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year Award is presented to an engineering faculty member for excellence in student advising. The award criteria include accessibility and availability to students, knowledge of the curriculum, use of available resources, listening skills, ease of communication, and positive impact on student education. The winner receives a $1000.00 stipend.

The 2016-2017 Advisor of the Year is Professor Julie Thornton. Julie Thornton received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from Kansas State University in 2003. In 2005, she received a master’s degree in computer science, also from Kansas State University. In August 2005, she joined the department of computer science as an instructor and academic adviser.

When asked why Ms. Thornton should be selected for this award, a nominating student wrote: "I believe Julie Thornton should be the 2016-2017 Advisor of the Year because she goes the extra mile to make sure students are on track and cares for students. She always makes herself available to students whether it is in person or by e-mail. She is a great listener when a student is stressed about graduating or their class schedule. She provides information and resources when needed and is very knowledgeable about anything I have ever had questions on. She is incredibly approachable and makes students feel comfortable when meeting with her. She is very kind, fair, and intelligent. On top of being a fantastic advisor, she is a great teacher as well as course coordinator. She does all these things with ease and does a great job at them simultaneously. She is open to feedback, easy to talk to and responds promptly to any and all questions."