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Hakim-Butt Receives Distinguished Faculty Advising Award

Published: August 1, 2011

Karen Hakim-Butt
Single Subject Credential Program

Karen Hakim-Butt’s overarching goal as advisor has been to improve students’ experiences and success by redesigning the structure, content and alignment of academic programs, maintaining open lines of communication and accurate dissemination of information.

“I believe my greatest impact while at CSULB has been the leadership I have contributed while serving in administrative positions through which I have been able to advise at multiple levels and help facilitate substantive and systematic change,” said Hakim-Butt, a member of the university since 1994.

As the University Coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP), she speaks to every one of the hundreds of students planning to enroll in the program each year through a series of group presentations to inform them of all the processes and policies they need to follow. She meets individually with students who need personal assistance.

She also develops and directs many programs and activities that demonstrate her dedication to student success, such as:

• Overseeing the SSCP website and updating the SSCP Student Handbook;

• Advising training sessions for all new faculty who teach courses in the credential program–advisors, single subject coordinators and university supervisors for student teaching;

• Continuously communicating with the 11 program coordinators in colleges across campus.

Distinguished Faculty Advising Award
PHOTO BY ROBERT FRELIGH
Karen Hakim-Butt

The quality of her advising is evident in the fact that CSULB consistently grants the highest number of single subject credentials in the CSU system each year. For example, in 2008-09, CSULB granted 360 such credentials.

Hakim-Butt received her bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She earned her master’s from Columbia University in New York and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina in 1989.

–Richard Manly