2012-2013 Recipient Nelly Hecker

Nelly Hecker, chair of the education department and 2013 recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising, has taught at Furman since 1979. While her specialty is literacy education, she has extensive teaching experience in bilingual schools and elementary grades. Nelly Hecker Furman UniversityThroughout her teaching career she has been active in student and teacher development.

Hecker is admired for her insight, understanding and compassion in working with future teachers. In a letter nominating her for the award a colleague wrote, “The capstone requirement of our teacher education program is the student teaching internship. For many years Nelly supervised elementary candidates during their internships . . . the supervisor has to be prepared to offer ongoing encouragement and assistance, which includes observing the intern and modeling appropriate teaching strategies. Nelly has not only done these things, but she has proven to be a vital source of emotional support for teaching interns as they embrace one of the most stressful stages in their preparation as educators.”

2012-2013 Recipient John Wheeler

Since John Wheeler joined the chemistry faculty in 1991, he has established a reputation as an outstanding advisor not just to current students, but to graduates as well. Known for his charm, wit and genuine concern for students both in the classroom and the laboratory, he is seen by many as a role model for John Wheeler Furman Universityacademic mentoring.

In nominating Wheeler for the 2013 Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising, a graduate said, “John was not my ‘official’ advisor during my days at Furman, but he has been my most valuable touchstone for guidance and advice over the last 15 years. When I faced a tough choice between attending graduate school and medical school, John was there with wise counsel. When I looked for ideas and inspiration for teaching, John was gracious in his ideas and strategies. When I had questions related to career paths and life in academia, he was my valued confidante. Stated simply, John Wheeler embodies the best of academic advising. He stands out as one of a kind.”

Meritorious Advising Award Policy

Meritorious Advising Awards

 Year  Recipient  Department
2012-13 Dr. Nelly Hecker
Dr. John Wheeler
2011-12 Mr. Brett Barclay
Dr. Jessica Hennessey
Continuing Education
2010-11 Dr. Owen McFadden
Dr. Onarae Vashun Rice
Recreational Sports / Student Life
Dr. Charles Lee Brewer
Dr. Charles Arthur DeLancey
Communication Studies
2008-09 Dr. Savita Nair History
2007-08 Dr. Laura K. Thompson Biology
2006-07 Dr. Harry B. Shucker Student Services
2005-06 Dr. William J. Pierce
Dr. Sandra G. Roberson
Health and Exercise Science
Business and Accounting
2004-05 Ms. Carol S. Daniels
Dr. Hazel Wiggins Harris
Student Services
2003-04 Dr. John Stevenson Armstrong
Dr. Judith Gatlin Bainbridge
Communication Studies
2002-03 Dr. Carl Thomas Cloer, Jr.
2001-02 Dr. Allen Scott Henderson
Dr. Margaret Jane Oakes
2000-01 Dr. Moses Nam Fong Lee
Dr. Christian Danielle Vinson
Political Science
1999-00 Ms. John H. Dickey
Dr. Gilbert W. Fairbanks
Continuing Education
1999-99 Dr. Carmen Sophia Kearns
Dr. Silas Nathaniel Pearman, III
Modern Languages and Literatures
Health Exercise Science
1997-98 Dr.  R. David Roe
Economics and Business Administration
1996-97 Dr. Kenneth C. Abernethy Computer Science
1995-96 Dr. Frederick D. Current Economics and Business Administration
1994-95 Dr. Ann W. Sharp English
1993-94 Dr. Glen A. Halva-Neubauer Political Science

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