Margaret Odom Renner, an academic assistant II in the occupational therapy department, supports all aspects of the Master of Occupational Therapy program, from program inquiries to admissions to fieldwork and graduation certification. This includes, among other duties, organizing admissions data for more than 400 applicants and handling the logistics for nearly 300 fieldwork placements.
“She organizes all this with incredible accuracy, meeting or beating all deadlines,” a colleague wrote.
Over the past year Odom took on the responsibility of coordinating a large effort to research and review fieldwork management software programs to improve efficiency and productivity. Projects like these speak to Odom’s incredible commitment to students’ success, co-workers said.
“Ms. Odom is the first contact when a student has any type of question, and she welcomes all questions with a smile and an infectiously positive attitude,” wrote the MOT class of 2017 in a nomination letter. “Ms. Odom makes every student feel important, and she is more than willing to answer any and every question or concern that we may have. She is an invaluable asset to the department of occupational therapy, ensuring that things run as smoothly as possible for both the faculty and students.”