The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Rich Robbins, an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University, has been honored with the 2013 Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). This award recognizes a NACADA member who has made significant contributions to the field of academic advising in higher education on both national and global levels.
Robbins, who received the award in October, was cited for his “long-term service to NACADA and the advising profession in a number of capacities as well as internationally recognized expertise as evidenced by multiple publications, numerous campus consultations, and requested topical presentations at regional, national, and international conferences on this subject.”
The recipient of a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, Robbins served as a behavioral sciences faculty member before moving into higher education administration and adjunct teaching since 1996.
Robbins has served as chair of the Kansas Academic Advising Network, and has developed academic advising programs at two separate institutions and headed advising programs at four institutions. He teaches in the Kansas State University accredited on-line master’s degree program in academic advising which includes international students, and is also a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention. His areas of emphasis in academic advising include evaluation and assessment, retention, undecided students, high-achieving students, research methodology, and grant writing.