IUPUI Honors College announced that Kara Woodlee has been promoted to the position of senior academic advisor. This position was awarded to her after review by the IUPUI Academic Advisor Development Program (AADP), a program devoted to maintaining and improving academic advising standards through education, training, and commitment to students. Woodlee is the first advisor in the Division of Undergraduate Education to receive a promotion through the AADP.
Woodlee thinks that advisors making a difference in the lives of their students is significant and worth exploration. She believes that students, with the support and guidance of their advisors, need to come to the place where they are self-motivated and self-knowing decision makers. Woodlee sees herself as a partner during the creation of a confident student and always expects to see her students grow into their best selves. Her advising philosophy involves forming close connections with her students and empowering them to make connections and decisions for themselves. She is always willing to provide support to her students however she can, with the goal of creating a beneficial experience for every individual student.
Her attentiveness to her students has not gone unnoticed; Rebekah Lawson, who was advised by Woodlee for three years, says that Woodlee has always taken an interest in Rebekah’s “personal and academic achievements from the beginning of our advisor-advisee relationship.” Another student of Woodlee's, Sunnih Flores, says that Woodlee’s support helped Flores navigate many personal and academic struggles. Flores says, “Kara is approachable, attentive, and thorough in her approach as an advisor.” Woodlee has been a source of professional guidance for many students. Jake Whiteside says that Woodlee helped him discover ways to get experience in the areas he was interested in.