Faculty Feature: Tucker Transitions to Undergraduate Advising Director

by Jennifer Shaskan

Faculty Feature:  Tucker Transitions to Undergraduate Advising Director

Dr. Megan Tucker is an Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Faculty Lead for the Communication Ambassadors for the Department of Communication. Prior to taking on this new role as Director of Undergraduate Advising, Tucker served as Undergraduate Program Director for three years. She is excited for this new role because it grants her the opportunity to hear students’ voices. “Advising is an important window into their present and future. I love having the chance to help them reach their goals and see their worth” explained Tucker.

Tucker’s journey in instructional communication began by teaching one public speaking course in graduate school. That one course changed everything for her. She altered her path in graduate school with the intention of applying to the PhD program in higher education and communication with the goal of becoming a college professor. As an assistant professor in our department, Tucker teaches a variety of courses that explore her different passions. These courses include those in interpersonal organization communication, media and journalism, and rhetorical theory and criticism. “Teaching these courses allows me to see how creative and intelligent my students are through their projects and discussions. They have taught me a lot over the years,” said Tucker.

This passion for teaching and interacting with students developed into another role for Tucker in 2012—academic advising. In her role as academic advisor and director, Tucker has assisted our student body in the planning of coursework, orientation and recruiting events, and problem solving to help students reach graduation and academic goals. It is through this work, Tucker discovered the field of advising research. Through this research and her attendance at several conferences, she seeks to explore and implement different techniques to improve advising and recruitment for students. A key result of this research is our Communication Ambassador Program. This program is one by students, for students. This opportunity gives current undergraduate students the opportunity to implement skills learned in the classroom to create promotional content and represent the department.

One piece of advice Tucker offers to students is to network when looking for a job or embarking on a research project. By staying connected and reaching out to those connections students can gain information, references, and guidance.