NatSci's Kanchan Pavangadkar and Kate Thome selected as APUE Fellows

  • May 18, 2019
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Two Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) advisors, Kate Thome and Kanchan Pavangadkar, were recently named MSU Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) Fellows for 2019-2020.

The APUE fellowships are part of MSU’s Proactive Advising Project, which focuses on assessing student experiences with advisors and offering targeted professional development to advisors to improve students’ experiences with academic advising. Fellows report to Debra Dotterer, assistant dean for university advising, and serve as the lead for one of two proactive advising working groups—professional development or assessment and metrics.

Each fellow will meet biweekly with their respective group to address the short- and long-term needs and priorities. For short-term issues, they will develop and support the actions necessary to address them; for long-term issues, they will develop timelines and action steps. Each fellow will report monthly to the advising leadership on their committee’s progress and gather feedback. Fellows will also meet regularly with Dotterer and Charles Jackson, academic specialist for student success initiatives, to provide updates on their working group’s progress and achievements.

Headshot of Kanchan Pavangadkar
Kanchan Pavangadkar

Kanchan Pavangadkar, an undergraduate advisor for the Neuroscience Program, will be the fellow for the assessment and metrics group, which reviews current advising assessments to identify gaps in assessment across the university.

“I have been a part of the assessment and metrics working group for the past two years and I’m very excited to take on a leadership role as an APUE fellow for this area,” Pavangadkar said. “This group has given me an opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues across campus who share my passion and commitment to the field of academic advising. As an APUE fellow, I will lead the working group on assessing the academic advising climate data at MSU and brainstorm ideas that can be implemented to enhance the academic advising experience for students.”

“Kanchan’s participation in the assessment and metrics working group has been significant, allowing my office to conduct a campuswide survey of undergraduate students’ experiences with academic advising and the ongoing development of an advisor assessment tool,” Dotterer said. “Her understanding of quality assessment and her commitment to using assessment outcomes to improve the undergraduate student experience makes her an excellent choice for this leadership role.”

Headshot of Kate Thome
Kate Thome

Kate Thome, a human biology and preprofessional advisor in NatSci’s Academic Student Affairs office, will be the advising fellow for the professional development and training group, which assesses professional development activities for advisors to ascertain needs and wants for professional development opportunities

“As the advising fellow for this group, I will lead a committee of academic advisors in organizing professional development opportunities for advisors across campus,” Thome said. “Professionally, I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead a group of my peers in developing training that is desired by our colleagues across campus and, through helping to make sure advisors have the training we need, ensuring a quality advising experience for our students.”

“As a member of this working group, Kate led the development of the Advising On-Boarding Tool, bringing standardized advisor training into our campus learning management tool, making the experience more engaging and relevant for advisors across campus,” said Dotterer. “She actively collaborated with constituencies throughout the campus community to develop accurate modules that advisors can reference their initial year and beyond. These collaborations and Kate’s commitment to providing ongoing and diverse professional development for the MSU advising community makes her the ideal choice for this leadership role.”

The fellowship year covers 20 percent of each fellow’s time and runs from May 2019 to May 2020. 


Banner image: The College of Natural Science promotes excellence in research, teaching, and public service across the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. NatSci is home to 29 departments and programs, 5,500 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has 48,000 living alumni worldwide. Photo: Harley Seeley

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