Each year, at the direction of the Office of the Provost on the West Virginia University Morgantown campus, the Academic Advising Council selects honorees for the Nicholas Evans Awards for Advising Excellence, in recognition of outstanding advising and mentoring provided by faculty and professional advisors within the WVU system.
These awards are in honor of Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent and exemplar of undergraduate advising at WVU.
Andrea Schafer, assistant professor of education at WVU Potomac State College, was chosen as one of this year’s award recipients.
Schafer began her career at the College in 2014, and has served in various roles, including first-year seminar coordinator, education unit coordinator, and co-chair and campus coordinator of the Mineral County STEM Network’s Annual STEM Festival.
Schafer takes a holistic approach to advising, focusing on whole student development and directing them to the best resources to facilitate their success.
Schafer provides extraordinary service and mentoring to her assigned advisees and first-year seminar students with her “advising is teaching” philosophy.
Through her proactive advising efforts, she has developed strong relationships with students who are new to the college experience and need the most support and guidance, including many first-generation college students.
Schafer is an alumna of WVU PSC, earning an associate of arts degree in elementary education. She continued her education on the Morgantown campus, completing a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education.
While a student in Morgantown, Schafer was named to the WVU Order of Augusta, WVU’s most prestigious student honor. She was also named ‘Professor of the Year’ at WVU Potomac State College in 2019.