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Char Lessenger

Academic Advising Professional

Office: Engineering Building, Room 2085
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4943
Email: clesseng@uwyo.edu

 

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Char Lessenger is a native Wyomingite born in Cheyenne, WY and raised in Happy Jack Valley half way between Cheyenne and Laramie. After graduating from Laramie County Community College, she transferred to the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science in the fall of 2015. During her time as an undergraduate at UW she enjoyed being a member of the Western Thunder Marching Band, studying abroad at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and working as a student ambassador for admissions, as well as a driver and dispatcher for Safe Ride.

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she began working at Laramie County Community College as an administrative assistant for the advising center. This work led her to start the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program at the University of Wyoming. After a year as an administrative assistant, she decided to continue her career as a college admissions counselor and student ambassador program coordinator for Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY. Once again, after a year in that position, she decided it was time to move back closer to home and accepted the position she currently holds as an academic advisor for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UW.

While in her role as an academic advisor, Char has published an article for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), become greatly involved in NACADA at both the regional and national level, and graduated with her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. When she’s not working, Char loves to travel near and far. Her favorite place to travel to in Wyoming is Esterbrook and her favorite place to travel to outside the US is Morocco. She loves to chat about traveling and really, anything related to UW. If you have any questions for her, the best way to get ahold of her is via email.

 


 

Philosophy

 

I adhere to a holistic model of advising. My philosophy is shaped around Malcom Knowles’ (1988) principles of andragogy which are; self-concept, experiences, readiness to learn, orientation to learning, motivation to learn, and relevance. I believe that the undergraduate students I advise should be considered emerging adults and therefore advised in a way that facilitates positive behavioral changes.

In order to help develop my advisee’s self-concept, I work to allow my advisee’s to guide their own appointments with me and become active participants in receiving the information I give. This is mostly done through open ended and clarifying questions, as well as repeating the concerns and information given to me.

I work toward developing my advisee relationships by understanding their past experiences. Through the process of understanding the experiences of my advisee’s I am able to personalize their college experience in a way that cultivates success. I work hard to not assume anything about my advisee’s but rather to get to know them better in order to dissuade any assumptions I may have.

I recognize that social roles play a big part in the relevance of the information I give to my advisee’s. I try not to fit my students in boxes, and understand that they have other obligations outside of school that may affect their ability to understand the information I give to them. Therefore, I work to ensure that whatever information I give to them is relevant at their current stage in life and that they are equipped with information that will help them succeed now, as well as in the future.

Furthermore, I recognize that students desire to immediately apply the information that is given to them. I am sensitive to the ways in which students ask for help and gather information which in turn allows me to recognize when I need to ask clarifying questions. I believe it is important to pay attention to the signs students give and recognize when they might need a different, more directed type of help.

I understand that emerging adults at this stage in life are mostly extrinsically motivated. The actions I take with my advisee’s and the information I give them work together to help facilitate a transition of motivation from extrinsic to intrinsic. I utilize the extrinsic factors student’s focus on, such as receiving good grades, as opportunities to discuss how those factors impact them in an intrinsic way. As such, my goal is to be able to help my students see the value in their education beyond just getting a well-paying job.

Finally, I understand that, to their core, students crave the answer to the question “why” in every aspect of their education. They search for relevance in everything they do, but may not be equipped to make the connections necessary to find the answers. I work to inform my students not only what they need to do, but why they need to do it and how to do it correctly in order to help them make the connection to relevance in their own lives. When a student asks me a question, my answer will never be “just because”.

I believe the objective of higher education is to help mold honorable citizens of the world and to build positive behavioral changes in every student. It is my pleasure as an academic advisor to act as a facilitator in that process.

Contact Us

College of Engineering and Applied Science

1000 E. University Ave

EN 2085

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4253

Email: enginfo@uwyo.edu

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