Teaches in equine program
MIDWAY, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2015) — Dr. Janice Holland, associate professor in Midway University’s Equine Program, was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2015 by the Kentucky Academic Advising Association. Holland was the lone faculty award winner from any public or private institution in Kentucky.
The annual award recognizes an individual who exhibits qualities and practices that distinguish them in their field. Selection is based on several criteria, including displaying a caring attitude toward advisees and colleagues, building strong relationships and maintaining frequent contact with advisees, and demonstrated student success.
“Janice Holland is an outstanding educator who embodies what it means to be a Midway University faculty member,” said Dr. Laura Armesto, Midway University provost. “She goes above and beyond to know and support her students and works tirelessly to help them reach their goals.”
Holland has been at Midway for more than a decade and has won several institutional awards for her work, including the university’s Trustee Faculty Award for Excellence and Outstanding Educator Award. She is a nationally-recognized expert in equine nutrition, behavior and management, and pasture management who has been widely published.
“Dr. Holland has a reputation among students in her discipline of being someone who cares very much about students and their success,” said Dr. William Brown, associate provost. “As an advisor she practices developmental advising as opposed to the more traditional prescriptive advising where the student is essentially given a ‘prescribed’ plan of action with respect to course planning and scheduling. She dialogs with students to help them explore academic, career and life goal options. She tries to get to know her students, their background, their hopes and dreams, their strengths as well as their weaknesses.”
Holland’s award was bestowed shortly after Midway University announced that it would focus its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on strong academic advising. The plan, which is required as part of the university’s accreditation process, is intended to prepare students for a quality education by taking part in academic advising through which they can seek and receive guidance in regard to academic program planning and life goals.