Theresa K. Musser, Division of Undergraduate Studies programs coordinator for Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2012 recipient of the Service to NACADA Award, which annually recognizes exceptional service to the National Academic Advising Association.
During 20 years of NACADA membership, Musser has made significant contributions to both the association and to the profession of academic advising.
In her elected, appointed, and volunteer roles, Musser strengthened NACADA’s regional governance structure, coordinated and promoted professional development workshops, mentored new professionals, delivered numerous academic advising presentations, recruited and supported new regional chairs, and assisted in the development of the association’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). She has given voice to countless initiatives and passionately supported efforts to help students plan and manage meaningful educational experiences.
Instrumental on multiple national committees and task forces within NACADA, she specifically served on the ELP Advisory Board, the diversity committee, and the association’s reorganization task force, as well as volunteered as an ELP mentor for four years.
Musser also was elected to the board of directors and the NACADA Council and served as chair of the webcast advisory board and as region representative (four years) plus region chair (two terms) for Mid-Atlantic Region 2.
"Terry has wholeheartedly believed in the mission of NACADA and has done whatever she can to advance that mission," said Eric White, executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies at Penn State. "This is truly what Terry Musser is about: giving the full measure of herself to the tasks at hand, and always seeking new solutions and innovative approaches to challenges."
In 2003, Musser earned Penn State’s Excellence in Advising Award, and in 2005, she received NACADA’s Outstanding Service to Region 2 Award as well as its Outstanding Adviser Award.
"NACADA is a better organization because of Terry Musser," White said. “Her commitment to the association, to the profession of academic advising and to our students is remarkable.”
Musser will receive a plaque and formal recognition as the Service to NACADA Award recipient this fall during the association's annual conference.
NACADA's membership includes faculty and staff advisers, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. NACADA specifically promotes quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.