The University of Memphis presented its Distinguished Advising Award to two distance
education advisers in the University College during its annual Faculty Convocation.
Dorothy “Dot” Hale and Tracy P. Robinson received the $2,000 award during Convocation
April 23 at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Hale recently marked her 34th anniversary serving students at the U of M in various
advising capacities. She first worked in the Office of Minority Affairs, then with
Athletic Academic Services and the Fogelman College of Business & Economics before
moving to the University College. She has taught courses in legal studies, the freshman
seminar ACAD and political science.
Hale sees advising as a trusted support system that should help students meet their
academic goals as effectively as possible. Students agree she is achieving that vision.
Said one student, “Mrs. Hale works very hard to make sure that every student reaches
their full potential. She has taken this journey with me. She has been my biggest
cheerleader, but she has also given me a swift dose of reality when I needed it most.”
Another student added, “Mrs. Hale has continued to encourage me. She reminds me that
even though the journey now may be a little tough, the end reward will be a great
payoff. Without her, I am sure I would have left the U of M at the first sign of trouble.
Thanks to her, I will graduate this spring.”
Robinson joined the University in 2000 as an instructor in Consumer Science and
Education. In 2003, she became a student development counselor in the Academic Counseling
Center and joined the University College in 2004.
Robinson is active in the local Academic Advising Network and in NACADA (the National
Academic Advising Association). She was instrumental in the design and promotion of
the annual Discover Your Major Day.
Robinson sees her role as adviser as encouraging students to set realistic educational,
career and life goals, and in helping them become aware of the support network within
the University that is available to help them achieve those goals.
Students attribute much of their success to Robinson. “She was my undergraduate adviser.
I was a returning adult student after a very long absence from college, and Tracy
helped make my transition back to college very seamless,” said one student. “I do
not think I would have graduated without the outstanding assistance I received from
Another student said, “Tracy showed me different paths I could take, and she let me
know that happiness is better than making tons of money. I am now a professional studies
major with a concentration in health services administration in the last semester
of my undergraduate studies. I believe that Ms. Robinson is a major reason I will
be walking on May 8.”