Kelly S. Wood
After 15 years of advising, teaching and administration at Missouri State University, Dr. Kelly Wood shows admirable enthusiasm for every aspect of student success, especially academic advising. Dr. Wood is often described by her students and colleagues as a mentor, and she lives up to that description through the attention she gives to her students and to other advisors.
With her contributions to the master advisor program and the transfer advisor workshop, her influence on academic advising is felt campus-wide. To quote a colleague, “Kelly is passionate about building relationships with her students and practices the concept of advising as teaching. As a result of her passion, Kelly has taken on many duties to ensure students are receiving excellent academic advising. She not only cares about her advisees but also about the advising profession as a whole.”
Kelly welcomes challenging advising situations. Her department head says, “Kelly is especially good at working with students with special cases ...Kelly seems to welcome such challenges and sees it from a positive perspective of learning something new and an opportunity to work with the students and their issues. I admire her patience and creativity in working with such student advisees.”
One of Kelly’s advisees described her in this way, “I was touched by Dr. Wood’s true commitment to making my transition as smooth as possible. I could tell that she cared about my education as much as I did, and she made sure I was making informed decisions throughout the entire process. She is a true asset to Missouri State University, and is a great representative of how influential the advisor/advisee relationship is to a student’s academic and personal success.”