Academic Advisor I
Originally from Rome, Georgia, Chera Watts has been advising students majoring in the biological sciences in Franklin College since the summer of 2014. She currently serves as the graduation advisor for biology and classics majors, departmental advisor for cellular biology majors, and departmental advisor for plant biology majors. She has a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Georgia, with a minor in Child and Development. Her previous experience includes working as a staff member for the lower division Office of Academic Advising as well as the Graduation Certification Office in Franklin College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Georgia. Additionally, she has worked as a corporate recruiter in human resources for the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence, Alabama.
In addition to advising students on course requirements for their degree, Chera enjoys coaching students on ways to approach faculty to secure undergraduate research positions, discussing potential professional school opportunities, and providing career counseling support. During the Fall 2015, she co-facilitated a workshop about undergraduate research at the Academic Advising Coordinating Council Fall Advisor Workshop with Dr. Mark Farmer, Division Chair of Biological Sciences. Chera recently developed and facilitated interactive workshops for students wishing to secure undergraduate research positions who need help getting the process started. Additionally, with the help of the UGA Career Center, Chera has presented workshops to students about various careers they can obtain with a science degree, as well as related experiences they can participate in during their collegiate years. Chera routinely facilitates new student programming for the population of students that she advises. As a former first-generation college student, Chera especially enjoys working with students who are the first in their family to go to college.
When not working, Chera enjoys chasing around her 3 year old son, reading, and any type of exercise.