Jennifer Farran, an academic advisor for the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, is the first CHPS’ staff member to complete all three levels of the Student Success and Advising (SSA) Certificate in the Advisor Track.
“I want to congratulate Dr. Farran for completing this rigorous professional development program,” said Jeffrey Stout, founding director of the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. “We appreciate her unwavering dedication to our students to ensure their academic success and her assistance in charting their career paths.”
Farran, who began her career at UCF as an office assistant in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, transitioned into the advisor role in 2014 with the Department of Health Sciences. UCF recognized her positive impact in this role with the Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor award in 2016. She was also awarded the New Advisor Award from NACADA, the global community for academic advising in 2017.
The SSA certificate provides a structured professional development curriculum for UCF advisors and formally recognizes individuals who continue to advance their knowledge and skills. The certificate includes three levels of completion – bronze, silver and gold – and includes a minimum of 17 training sessions, plus participation in at least three professional development activities.
Farran joins Lana Gidusko, her colleague in SKPT who completed the Student Support track, as the first CHPS’ advisors to complete all three levels of certification. Other advisors in the college are also in pursuit of gold-level certification: Ashley Crawford, Moises Melendez and Monica Smith have completed the bronze level; and Gail Raymond has recently completed the silver level.