Hallford receives Joyce C. Jackson Service Award

Published: August 13, 2021

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Jonathan Hallford, an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts, is the recipient of the Region 4 Joyce C. Jackson Service Award.

The Service Award is dedicated to Jackson in memorial of her love of National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, education, and her legacy of volunteerism in Region 4. The award is presented to a Region 4 NACADA member for volunteer service to Region 4 and NACADA.

Hallford has been an advisor at Auburn since 2006 and serves as NACADA's Region 4 Conference Chair. He received his master's degree in Administration of Higher Education and his bachelor's degree in Education from Auburn University and is currently working towards a doctorate in Adult Continuing Education and Teaching. He has extensive experience working with students both as an advisor and as an admissions advisor intern here at Auburn. Hallford is also a mentor for NACADA's 2020-2022 class of Emerging Leaders and cohost of the podcast Advising Two Bits.

Joyce C. Jackson was a lifelong educator. For over 30 years, she taught all ages and levels of school. She taught mathematics and Physical Education in grades 8-12. For the last 10 years of her life she taught mathematics at Costal Georgia Community College (formerly Brunswick College) and was actively involved in the academic advising and new student orientation program.

Jackson was not only loved, honored and respected for her outstanding teaching and academic advising, but she was also most highly respected for her volunteerism and service to others; she clearly defined volunteerism through her work on region and national conferences. Joyce did not mind being a behind the scenes volunteer, and she thrived on helping in every way she could. NACADA and Region 4 were a love of her life.

"I am thrilled to be the 2021 recipient of the Joyce Jackson Service award. Belonging to this esteemed list of previous recipients is humbling. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to have an impact on Academic Advising, both at Auburn University and campuses around the world. Membership in an organization like NACADA benefits advisors AND the students that they advise. NACADA's number one goal is student success and the students at Auburn University greatly benefit from their advisors involvement due to the organization's plentiful resources, professional development, and networking opportunities," Hallford said. 

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has over 12,000 members representing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and several other international countries.

Submitted by: Victoria Santos