Michelle Smith Ware

First Year Academic Advisor
College of Engineering

Co-Director, Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program

Michelle Smith Ware is an Associate Advising Professor for first-year students who intend to pursue a major in engineering. She also advises students in the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program. Prior to exclusively advising students pursuing the College of Engineering, Smith Ware worked with students in what was the College of the First Year of Studies exploring majors in all disciplines including those in the School of Architecture, the Colleges of Science, Arts and Letters, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business.

In 2019, Smith Ware received the Provost’s Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Smith Ware serves as Co-Director of the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program, an initiative that promotes intellectual engagement, leadership, and service opportunities for students from underrepresented groups and first-generation
students. In addition, she teaches “Introduction to the Research Process” and the “Balfour Fall Follow Up.”

In 2013, Smith Ware was selected to participate in the 2013–2015 NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Emerging Leaders Program. She has continued her leadership in NACADA as past chair of the NCAA Advisory Board (2016-2018), past chair of the Inclusion & Engagement Committee Chair (2017-2019), and currently as member-elect to the Board of Directors (2019-2022).
Smith Ware received her B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana (2002) and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College (2004). She is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University.

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Current Projects

  • Co-directing the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program
  • Serving as member-elect on the NACADA Board of Directors (2019-2022)
  • Facilitating the professional development of a community of Appreciative Advisors
  • Pursuing student success research (i.e. achievement motivation and persistence) focused on underrepresented and first-generation students