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Rachel Wesley

Academic Advisor of Business Advising and Student Engagement
Business Advising and Student Engagement
HLH 125
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
(402) 472-2310
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Areas of Expertise
  • Finance and Actuarial Science Liaison
  • Athletics Liaison
  • Student Engagement
  • Academic Advisor, 2016
CliftonStrengths ®
  • Discipline
  • Deliberative
  • Achiever
  • Harmony
  • Relator

Rachel has been an Academic Advisor in the College of Business since 2016. She helps students as they develop their personal and professional talents while earning a degree in Business. She is also a Certified Strengths Coach for Clifton Strengths and incorporates a strength-based approach to create and support co-curricular opportunities for students that enhance their learning. Her role includes providing oversight to the Business Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs), acting as a co-sponsor for the Freshman Learning Communities and organizing events to promote student engagement within the College.

Rachel has been in academic advising in various capacities across the country. She started her career working as the Graduate Assistant for the Sport Leadership Program and Academic Intern for the Men’s Basketball Team at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI while completing her M.Ed in College Student Affairs and Leadership. After graduation, she continued in advising at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. working with upperclassmen on graduation planning for Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Nutrition, Pre-Physical Therapy and Sport Management majors.  She then moved to Georgia State University to advise for the Robinson College of Business in Atlanta, GA. This allowed her to connect her passion for athletics with business curriculum and be closer to her now husband. In her last move before joining the University of Nebraska, Rachel spent two years with the University of California-Los Angeles as an Academic Mentor for the Athletic Department. She assisted student-athletes in finding the learning styles and organization skills that best fit their academic needs, primarily with football but also women’s gymnastics, men’s & women’s soccer and softball.

It was never in her plan to move as often as she has but Rachel is grateful for the opportunity to have worked at different universities in different settings. She has been able to take pieces of each experience to create a well-rounded approach to advising and connecting with students. At Nebraska Business, a main goal of hers is to help students develop their values and adapt when necessary to stay true to themselves.

Outside of work, you can find Rachel spending time with her husband (Charlie), sons (Jacob & Nathan) and dog (Willis) enjoying the outdoors or watching sporting events. Originally from Michigan, her favorite memories from growing up include her many hours dancing at the local studio and family time on the lake.

Selected Presentations
  • "All Feelings Welcome" Removing Toxic Positivity from Student Interactions
    • Academic Advising Association Conference, 2022
    • NACADA Region 6 2022
  • "Did I Do That?" A look at Implicit Biases in Advising Interactions
Institutional Service
  • Business Learning Community, 2019-Present, Co-Sponsor
  • Academic Advising Association, 2020-2021, Chair Elect
  • Academic Advising Association, 2019-2020, Conference Co-Chair
  • Academic Advising Association, 2016-2017, Professional Development Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Undergraduate Women in Business, 2016-2021, Advisor
Professional Service
  • Nebraska State Liaison, NACADA Region 6, 2020-2022


  • UNL Family & Friends Recognition Awards, 2017
Selected Media Placement