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Quagliana Receives Excellence in Advising

Dr. Heather Quagliana, associate professor of psychology, has been named the winner of Lee University’s 2019 Excellence in Advising Award. Lee President Dr. Paul Conn officially recognized Quagliana for this award during the university’s May commencement.

Heather Quagliana Receives Advising Award
Dr. Heather Quagliana

Quagliana, a Lee alum, joined Lee’s faculty in 2008. She teaches courses such as Childhood Disorders and Intervention Strategies, Child Development, Personality Theory, and Community Psychology. Prior to Lee, she taught at Community Christian College in Redlands, California, and at Azusa Pacific University.

Quagliana has a passion for research that measures teaching effectiveness in the classroom, particularly outcomes associated with service learning. Her article in the most recent volume of The Community Psychologist, “Nurturing the Student Expert in Graduate and Undergraduate Community Psychology Courses,” speaks to Quagliana’s use of service learning and international consultation to develop students as emerging experts in the field.

Quagliana’s clinical work and research focuses on children and families. Her specializations include foster care of children, childhood trauma, ADHD, Autism, and expressive therapies. She has a passion for better understanding the integration of Christian faith and psychology.

“She is the epitome of a student-centered professor,” said Conn. “Her care for them at a personal level comes through clearly in the way she approaches advising. She has served over 40 students per year for the past eight years and has been nominated for this award multiple times.”

The Excellence Awards are the highest honors presented to Lee faculty members. The recipient of the Excellence in Advising Award is chosen by a faculty committee, which reviews a three-year history of student advisor evaluation data as well as other information provided by the nominating department chairs and deans.
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