Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Patricia Hill

An Outstanding Islander

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Always in Transition
When Dr. Patricia Hill first began working at the University in 1989, she didn't have immediate plans to continue her education. But then something remarkable happened. The students she encountered inspired her to return to school. Eventually, Hill received her bachelor's and master's degrees and licensed professional counselor certification. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education in 2006. The Rockport native directs the Academic Advising Transition Center (AATC), which assists around 1,500 students a year. She and the Transition Center staff orients students to University life by providing information, connections and the tools to be successful. Hill says persistence is the key to success. Her reward is watching students at graduation share their excitement with friends and family. Hill is current advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Epsilon of Texas and serves on the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Research Committee. The AATC recently received the Silver Award in the Best Practices in Transfer Enrollment Management category from the Successful Transfer Enhancement Program (STEP) for outstanding work in serving transfer students within the State of Texas. Hill, who has received numerous awards and given numerous presentations, accepted the NACADA Student Research Award in 2007 and was honored for her research on "First-Year Students' Adjustment to a University: The Role of E-Mentoring."

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