The Office of the Provost
Award Winners for Faculty Convocation 2009
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Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award
Rick Fischer

Dr. Fischer has excelled as teacher and an academic advisor in the department of journalism. His statement about advising philosophy includes the following:

“I believe a good advisor will help his/her students discover and make choices. My job is not to persuade, but it may involve arguments. It certainly involves passion – hopefully, from a credible source.”

Dr. Fischer has been the faculty advisor to the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America for 18 years. For the past 10 years he has also been the faculty advisor to the University Catholic Center.

Dr. Fischer is one of just a handful of advisors on campus who have developed a syllabus for academic advising as recommended by the National Academic Advising Association. The syllabus outlines the description, objectives, and resources for academic advising.

Dr. Fischer’s list of accomplishments is long. It is fitting that the list of accomplishments of his students is even longer…a list he calls “Advising/Mentoring Successes.”

Dr. Fischer earned his doctorate in 1994 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to numerous scholarly publications and presentations, he participated in a cooperation agreement with the University of Switzerland at Lugano to teach European masters-level students in public relations.

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