Gates named Outstanding Academic Advisor

August 1, 2013

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Dr. Elizabeth Gates

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Elizabeth Gates, chair of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Psychology Department, has been named the university’s Outstanding Academic Advisor for the 2012-13 academic year.

As for being named Outstanding Academic Advisor, Gates said the award is a bonus. “It is sort of like receiving an award for eating chocolate,” said Gates. “I really love academic advising.”

Gates’ first job after graduate school at the University of Iowa 13 years ago was at UW-Platteville. She teaches clinical psychology classes such as General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Human Sexuality and Techniques of Counseling.

During her first year, Gates advised five freshmen students. That number has grown to approximately 50 students; a majority of them transfer students.

The number of transfer students into the psychology department has increased over the years. Gates works almost exclusively with those students, which can be complicated at times. “It takes a lot of advocacy to work with transfer students because, sometimes, not all of their classes transfer in,” she said.

The department has also seen an increase in non-traditional students involved with the substance abuse counseling emphasis.

Gates advises students throughout their university career. “I truly love it, and it’s really fun and exciting to work with the transfer students,” she said.

Occasionally, Gates will hear from graduates about their path following graduation. “I have only heard positive things about UW-Platteville from students who have left,” she said. “They appreciate how supportive and close-knit the department is.”

Gates, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, is also the chair of the Admissions and Academic Appeals Committee.

As a winner of the award, Gates received a $500 honorarium and a recognition plaque. She will be honored during convocation on Aug. 29.

Contact: Elizabeth Gates, chair, Psychology Department, (608) 342-1724,

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,

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