Gilbreth named Faculty Advisor of the Year

  • Joan Gilbreth headshot
  • Joan Gilbreth headshot

Professor of Sociology Joan Gilbreth was recently named the 2021-22 Faculty Advisor of the Year.

The Faculty Advisor of the Year Award is an award established by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Affairs Senate to recognize and reward faculty for the pursuit of excellence in advising.

Gilbreth's nominator shared a negative experience before coming to NWU, "I had an advisor who talked me out of my dreams - quite literally." 

Gilbreth was assigned as the student's advisor upon coming to NWU. The student contributes their positive academic experience to Gilbreth for going above and beyond the call of duty.

"She printed everything and made physical marks on my analysis. She created a document that I could understand (and has done this for me every semester since the first time we met). That was the beginning of what a model advisor-student relationship should be. I was excited to have someone in my corner. She wrote a letter of recommendation for my application to law school, and it contained my greatest attributes while also explaining my difficult life course. I will never forget the lengths that she gone to for me - from making sure I understand concepts to accommodating my school, work and family schedules for Zoom meetings. I have enjoyed being a student at NWU because of connections like the one I have with her.”

Gilbreth retired this year after 22 years of service to Nebraska Wesleyan. Gilbreth has chaired the Sociology and Anthropology Department and the Social Science Division. She has served on the Academic Planning Committee, Curriculum Committee, Executive Committee, Academic Standards Committee, and Faculty Affairs Committee. She also represented faculty on the NWU Board of Governors, and served on Faculty Council.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Joan!