Chapter Advisor of the Year Award

The Chapter Advisor of the Year Award is presented to an individual who sets a high standard and provides exemplary service to the organization and its leadership team.

To be considered for this award, you should:

  • Chapter Advisor has been in place with the organization for at least six months
  • Actively provides support and guidance to a student organization
  • Sets high standards and provides exemplary service to the organization and its leadership team
  • Actively engages in the organization and fosters relationships with the organization leaders and the Office of Student Affairs

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those familiar with the nominee’s work. For additional information or questions,  contact the University Awards Committee.   

  • The University Awards Committee reviews submissions
  • Top candidates are submitted to the Assistant Provost, Student Services Administration for final review and approval
  • The award may, but will not necessarily, be awarded annually
  • Award recipients will be honored during Commencement weekend, and should we have an in-person celebration, one-night accommodations and individual travel expenses to attend Commencement will be paid for by the University
  • Award recipients receive a crystal trophy
  • Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award

Natascha Gast

Natascha Gast joined the University’s Department of English and Literature in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member and became a full-time instructor in 2009. Natascha is the sequence lead for all American literature courses and the course lead for classes such as “American Poetry from Bradstreet to Bukowski” and “Effective Business Communication.” 

Before joining the University, she was a developmental editor of industrial trade publications and taught at the American University in Cairo, where she was also the Writing Center Coordinator. Natascha has developed materials and services as well as supervised tutors for two online writing labs. She has two bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy from Louisiana State University and received a master’s degree in English with a concentration in American Studies from the University of Connecticut. 

Since 2014, Natascha has been an advisor for the R.E.A.D. Book Club, guiding the club from limited member participation to become a thriving organization. This student organization has achieved the highest chapter standing every year, including receiving the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award in 2021. Natascha works closely with R.E.A.D. Book Club officers and her co-advisor. She has worked on many service projects and collaborations with other student organizations. Natascha has also helped with guest author visits, virtual field trips, presentations and monthly book discussions.

Natascha's teaching philosophy is to promote lifelong learning and success in all areas. She seeks to instill critical thinking, communication skills and digital literacy in her students through the study of writing and literature. To this end, her professional research and presentations have focused on the use of technology in course design, assignments, and discussions. 

When not teaching, reading or researching, Natascha enjoys the outdoors around her home in Colorado. She also continues to travel the world.

The deadline for the 2024 award nominations is January 26, 2024.  For additional information or questions, contact the University Awards Committee.