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Engineering Advisor Provides Leadership to Students and Peers

As a coordinator of academic advising in the College of Engineering, Peg Steele enjoys watching the future flourish before her eyes.

Now, she’ll not only be helping students in computer science and engineering navigate through their university education, but will also be providing leadership for her peers as a new board member of the National Academic Advising Association.

She’ll spend her three-year term establishing the vision, strategic plan and special initiatives of the association.

Steele began her career in higher education at the Florida Institute of Technology as an assistant registrar. While a student at Bowling Green State University in the College Student Personnel/Higher Education Program, Steele accepted an internship position at the Lorain County Community College as an advisor and soon found her way to Ohio State.

“And the rest is history,” says Steele.

In her profession, Steele finds two rewards.

First, advising provides her with a way to guide each new generation of students, counseling them on career plans and various academic issues that arise.

“A student will usually start at Ohio State seeing things in limited ways, but by providing opportunities for the student to explore and find out who they really are, they become a more well-rounded individual,” says Steele.

The second is the ability Steele has to contribute to the field of advising through journal articles, electronic newsletters and various leadership positions — all of which give her learning opportunities with multiple returns.

With her recent election to the board, Steele hopes to ready the field of academic advising for the new and unique needs of 21st-century students.

“Higher education continues to take on new challenges, whether they are in technology, on- and off-campus experiences, teaching methods, future planning or outsourcing of services. Academic advising needs to be flexible in its reaction to change, as advising duties become more blended and integrated,” says Steele.

Steele’s new board position and her impact on the field of advising will advance not only the students at Ohio State but also other academic advisors within the university.

“By being involved in the University talent management strategy and by encouraging an advising career ladder at Ohio State, advising and advisors will be recognized for their valuable contributions to the university community where its talent will be retained and rewarded as Ohio State moves from excellence to eminence,” says Steele.

The National Academic Advising Association was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. In addition, the association serves as the representative and advocate of academic advisors and their field.