Excellence in Advising Awards are selected within each region. These awards recognize individuals who demonstrate qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Winners will receive complimentary registration to their region conference.
Submission timeline: July 1-November 1 each year
Region Awards committees review applications/nominations and winners will be announced in December or early January. The awards are presented at region conferences in the spring.
Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role
Recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.
Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor
Recognizes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.
Excellence in Advising – New Advisor
Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.
Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator
Recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program.
Several regions offer additional Excellence in Advising awards as well as scholarships and grants. –
Please see below for more information.
Criteria: The Selection Committee will evaluate applications/nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to:
- Interpersonal/human relations skills
- Professional practices
- Documented success
- Documented advisor development
Eligibility: Applicants/Nominees must be members of NACADA (except Administrators) and may apply only in their own region.
- Individuals may self-nominate.
- Applicants should plan to attend their spring Region conference and have support of their office/department.
- Applicants must have worked in the advising profession for a minimum of one year, prior to Jan 1 of current year.
Submission is via the NACADA Awards on-line nomination system which includes the following documents, uploaded in PDF form:
- Nomination/Application Letter: This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award. This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent performance. Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
- Letters of Support: Include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.
- Nominee Resume or Curriculum Vita- Please limit entries to material that pertains directly to academic advising, presenting relevant information from the nominees overall resume/vita. Please include your current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
- Personal Philosophy Statement – (Optional but encouraged.) Please provide a personal philosophy statement regarding their (nominees) approach to advising and/or advising administration. This document SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced
All documents will be submitted in pdf format, including letters.