Pacesetter Award

The Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) Pacesetter Award recognizes Executive Officers, Provosts and Academic or Student Affairs Officers (i.e., Vice Provosts, Vice Presidents, Deans, etc.) who exemplify a commitment to academic advising and are true advocates for advising, students, and advisors across the institution.

2016 Recipient - Congratulations to Dr. Scott Epstein

Scott EpsteinDr. Epstein serves in the role of Executive Vice President of Quality and Effectiveness at Davenport University where he is responsible for leading the University in their annual strategic planning process, accreditation initiatives, and institutional research. Although Dr. Epstein does not provide direct oversight to academic advising, he has been a champion for this critical role at the University and within higher education as a whole.

Over the past 27 years, Dr. Epstein has worked in a variety of leadership roles, and through his tenure has realized the impact that academic advising can have on a student’s overall success during their educational journey. He has supported the implementation of processes critical to the successful advisement of students, as well as professional development opportunities for academic advisors.

At the beginning and/or end of each semester, it is not uncommon for Dr. Epstein to send a personalized email to the academic advisors at the University thanking them for all of their hard work throughout the semester and reminding them that he is in full support of their mission and goals. He has openly expressed his gratitude for each academic advisor and has recognized that academic advising is one of the key factors that can lead to the overall success of a student.


2015 Recipient - Deborah Carter

Deborah CarterDeb Carter's tenure at Siena Heights University spans almost the entire life of our off-campus programming and the entire life of our partnerships with community colleges across the state of Michigan. She started as a part-time Academic Advisor for our first community college effort at Lake Michigan College in 1982 and by 1986 had grown the enrollment to the need for a full-time director. In 2000, Deb was named Dean of the College for Professional Studies. Under her guidance, the College for Professional Studies has added ten full-time faculty and nearly doubled the enrollment. (Credit hours in 2000-01 were about 12,600 and in 2013-14 were about 23,600.)

Most notably, Deb guided the development of online learning to serve the busy schedules of many adult students as well as making Siena's unique programs available to an audience that has grown to include 40 states and an international scope. Instilling in the program a care for the preparation of faculty to teach online as well as the need to develop a sense of belonging and community among its students, she led the CPS faculty and staff to develop an online program that has received national attention for its quality and graduation rates --- 25th in the nation on the 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranking, the best in Michigan among private institutions, and third in the nation for retention of online students with a 91 percent degree completion rate. Deb has articulated SHU's off-campus programming as following the tradition of Dominic who sent his preachers out two by two to preach the gospel.

She and the faculty and staff have also established a reputation for service to students and care for the individual. Deb has been an Adrian Dominican Associate since 1995 and a frequent photographer at Siena events on multiple campuses for many years. During her nearly 33 years at Siena Heights University, Deb has worked with four presidents, two interim presidents, dozens of CPS colleagues, faculty, staff and students across the university, saying, "My time at Siena Heights has been an honor and a real privilege." Deb's presence across our campuses will leave a void as she retires this September. However, her legacy of fortitude and being a champion for the adult learner will forever be engrained in our heritage.


2014 Recipient - Dr. Scott Crabill

Scott CrabillThe interim vice provost for Undergraduate Education is the academic leader responsible for the quality of university-wide undergraduate experience. He is charged with advancing student success and faculty development. Which includes advancing undergraduate learning and instruction through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The interim vice provost advises the provost and president on all matters relating to undergraduate study and accreditation. He works directly with the deans and faculty of the schools and college and with university governance to develop curriculum and undergraduate policy. The undergraduate portion of the interim vice provost role includes: promoting quality and excellence in teaching, learning, and program assessment; stimulating innovations and curricular enhancements that lead to student success; enhancing international education;enhancing cross-disciplinary education; establishing and interpreting university policy for undergraduate education; maintaining university quality through the regional accreditation process; promoting inter-institutional collaboration and articulations; and overseeing university-wide academic programs and initiatives.

To learn more about Dr. Scott Crabill please view his biography page.


2013 Recipient - Dr. Douglas Estry

Doug Estry The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education & Dean of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overseeing university-level undergraduate initiatives that support and enhance the undergraduate experience, providing direction to a number of university-wide programs that serve undergraduate students, and coordinating the development and implementation of academic policies and procedures related to undergraduate education. In this capacity, he works closely with such units as Student Life, Residence Life, University Housing, Career Services, and International Studies and Programs to facilitate initiatives focused on characterizing, enhancing, and assessing curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities.

To learn more about Dr. Douglas Estry please view his biography page.