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CEAS Advising Center

Kris Brewer

Academic Advising Professional, Senior

Office: Engineering Building, Room 2085
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4971
Email: kbrewer@uwyo.edu

 

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Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyo., Kris Brewer and her husband moved to Wright, Wyo., during the coal boom of the 1980s. Their two daughters were raised there until 1990 when they moved back to Cheyenne. Brewer began working for the University of Wyoming in 1990 in Cheyenne at the Family Practice Center. When her husband received a job at Wyoming Technical Institute, she applied for and received a job in what was then the Family and Consumer Sciences Department on campus. She had the privilege of working in several departments, including Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management (now under a new name), Cooperative Extension, Adult Education and Instruction Technology, the Graduate School, Office of the Registrar, Mechanical Engineering and now is a Senior Professional Advisor in the Advising Center in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. She has two granddaughters who were born and are being raised in Laramie.

Some of her best memories are working with FFA students (both high school and college) and providing guidance when necessary. She has worked with pre-med students, agriculture-based students, education students, graduate students, and now engineering students. To say Brewer enjoys working with students is a bit of an understatement! She also is a co-advisor for the Collegiate FFA RSO.

 


 

Philosophy


I believe it is important to build a strong rapport with each of my advisees and colleagues. We must work together to build an understanding of what is necessary for the student’s success. I will strive to assist my colleagues by listening to them, providing mentorship to new advising professionals and ensuring they are recognized for their dedication to the profession.

It is important to try to gain an understanding of the stories and personal perspectives of each student. I will seek to help each student develop a sense of self-responsibility by challenging and supporting them. It’s important to allow the student to be themselves and listen to their concerns and aspirations. By doing this, I am helping my students achieve their personal, academic, social and career goals.

I believe each student is personally responsible for their educational development and career attainment. If provided clear expectations, they will rise to meet any challenge. Students need to be involved in their educational career, not just given a list of courses to follow.

I need to provide a safe and equitable advising environment. I will leave assumptions and preconceived notions “at the door” and listen to the student’s concerns and desires. The student needs to be allowed to be themselves. It is important to make students aware of the resources around them they can utilize.

The more a student is involved in all collegiate activities, the more likely they are to succeed. This activity can also be tied to retention. I will encourage co-curricular involvement based on our conversations.

Regular participation in training opportunities will ensure my students are continually receiving superior support. Attending UW and NACADA events are ways I can strive to improve my advising skills and collaborate with others in the profession.

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