Congratulations to Tyler Laughlin, one of our Academic Coaches, for winning the New Advisor Award
given by University Advisors and Counselors (UAC)
. According to the UAC website, the award recognizes new professional advising staff who “embody the spirit of caring, compassionate, skillful advisement, and genuine concern for the welfare of individual students.”
Laughlin, who has worked at the Academic Success Center (ASC) as an Academic Coach for just over two years, said he felt honored to win the award. “While it was great to win an individual award, it really reflects all of the great advice and assistance I have received from my colleagues over the past
One of his colleagues, Julie Hurley, praised Laughlin’s dedication to his students noting, “Tyler has a genuine interest in seeing students achieve personal growth and academic success. It is not uncommon for his students to perceive him as a mentor and confidant.”
Jorja Vela, class of ’22 and a Kinesiology major, describes his experience working with Tyler over the past four semesters saying, “He has served not only as my academic success coach, but also as my accountability partner, greatest motivator, confidant, and biggest fan. Never in my life have I felt as invested in as I do when meeting with Tyler”
In addition to working individually with students, Laughlin has contributed noteworthy ideas to the campus community. Academic Coaching Director, Lyle Slack, says “His out-of-the-box thinking has led to many innovative practices in the area of online coaching and First Year Experience (FYE) classroom instruction at our institution.”
Most notably, Laughlin created a GRIT workshop to help students on academic probation understand and deal with some of the root causes of academic underperformance. The workshop focuses on fear of failure, resiliency, and a growth mindset within an academic setting.
Laughlin says he often brings the topics from the GRIT workshop into his coaching sessions. “One of the most important things is getting students to realize that failing at a task is an integral part of learning.” He says he even brings his own stories of failure into coaching sessions as a way to model perspective on learning.
In a letter of support, Vela writes about the impact Laughlin has had. “In him I have been lucky enough to find the greatest support system on our campus, and I cannot even articulate how blessed that leaves me feeling.”