Kerri Cline helps students craft their course schedules as the academic advisor for CBE, but that is only a small portion of what she does.
“I also plan events in the department for our students, such as a sophomore information session and the graduating senior ice cream social,” said Cline. “I am currently on the TCE Orientation Committee, as well. My favorite aspect of this position is having the opportunity to listen to students, help them overcome obstacles and see them reach their academic goals.”
Students can come to see Cline for all of their CBE advising needs, even some unexpected ones.
“You can also come see me if you need a Tide pen or other random things that I always keep on me,” she said. “I guess after being a mom-on-the-go, I am prepared for anything. I have pulled out the Tide pen before for a student who dropped food on his tie once and was getting ready to go to the Engineering Expo.”
Cline is “pretty good” at troubleshooting in Banner, if faculty or fellow staff might run into an issue, and also enjoys working in Argos.
Originally from Beckley, West Virginia, Cline graduated from Mountain State University there with a master’s degree in strategic leadership. She has worked in higher education since then, finding the most reward from being an academic advisor.
I was a first-generation student, and did not have an advisor to guide me through my academic endeavors. I hope to be the advisor to my students that I did not have.”
When she isn’t paying it forward by sharing her experience and knowledge, Cline enjoys singing and loves all types of music. She is always up for watching a movie (“Not a scary one, though!”) and enjoys photography as well.
“My husband Adam, and I have three daughters—16, 14, and 11—and our dog, Storm,” said Cline. They can be found on Sundays (except maybe for Storm) at the Avenue Church. “We took a huge leap of faith moving to Tennessee three years ago and are so grateful for all of the opportunities that have been given to us.”