The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Advisor was Recognized for Her Dedication and Service

Advisor was Recognized for Empathy, Service

A Jonsson School advisor was recognized as UT Dallas Advisor of the Year at the 2018 Honors Convocation. Shirley Wilson has been an advisor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science since December 2012. She also has been a freshman admissions counselor, transfer admissions advisor, community college outreach specialist and financial aid advisor. Wilson said she tries to be an empathic and student-focused “sounding board” who can answer questions for students that they don’t even know how to ask.

Shirly Wilson“I am adept in mentoring students, explaining career and course paths, and identifying at-risk students. College students today face more challenges than maintaining good study habits and keeping up their GPA. Everyday life sometimes gets in the way, from work and family life and maintaining positive mental health,” Wilson said. “I want students to understand that it is OK to reach out for help. As their advisor, I am there for them and so is the entire UTD community.”

She also expressed gratitude for her co-workers who create an atmosphere of trust and cooperation.

“There is no greater source of inspiration and motivation than to walk into work every morning and be greeted by supportive team members,” Wilson said. “My fellow ECS advisors inspire and challenge me to be a better advisor for our students.”