Gregory Ball, a professor in the
Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Krieger School
of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the 2006 Region
2 Outstanding Faculty Adviser by the National Academic
A Kansas-based association of professional advisers,
counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to
enhance the educational development of students, NACADA
chose Ball as the mid-Atlantic region's winner because of
his rapport with students and his attention to their needs,
said Joanne Damminger, chair of NACADA's Region 2 Awards
Office of Academic Advising nominated
Ball for the award.
"Hopkins is often thought of primarily as a research
university, yet we do so many other things well, from
teaching undergraduates to mentoring them in a variety of
disciplines," Ball said. "I am happy to have received this
award because it recognizes that we work hard to cultivate
worthwhile relationships with our students."
Each semester, Ball advises between 50 and 60
students. His approach to advising is more about listening
and less about talking, he said.
"I challenge students by asking them to ask themselves
questions such as 'What are your life goals?' and 'Where
would you like to be a year from now?'" Ball said. "This
helps students along in the process of making a decision
themselves, rather than having me tell them what to do."
Ball will be officially recognized during NACADA's
annual conference, which will be held March 22 to 24 in