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Awards for Excellence in Academic Advising of Undergraduates


In 2012, the Provost’s Office established two awards highlighting the importance of academic advising at NDSU. The awards were created to recognize and reward the outstanding advising of individual undergraduate students by one faculty advisor and one professional advisor who are committed to helping students reach their full potential.

Nominees must be current NDSU employees who have been advising at NDSU for at least two years. Full time faculty, instructors, and lecturers who actively advise individual undergraduates are eligible for the Outstanding Faculty Advising Award. Professional advisors are eligible for the Outstanding Professional Advisor Award. Individuals who have received the award within the previous five years are ineligible.*

The Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Academic Advising will appoint a committee to coordinate the process and choose the award recipients. The selection committee includes: the Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Academic Advising; two undergraduate students; a representative from the Council for Improving Advising; the previous year’s faculty and professional advisor award recipients; and a representative from the Division of Student Affairs.

The recipients of the award are determined in a two-stage process. During the first stage, students and alumni nominate deserving candidates by providing specific examples of the nominees’ exemplary advising. In stage two, nominees are contacted by the selection committee and asked to provide a statement about their advising philosophies and activities. Each recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,000, will be recognized with a plaque in the Memorial Union, and will be nominated for the NACADA Outstanding Advising Award by the selection committee.

Recipients will demonstrate the qualities that distinguish excellent advising by being:

·       Knowledgeable and accountable
·       Accessible and approachable
·       Caring and responsive
·       Genuinely concerned for each student as an individuals

The selection committee encourages students and alumni to use the following questions as a guide for nomination:

·        Describe an incident in which this person was particularly helpful – either personal or educational.
·        What characteristics does this person possess that makes him/her an effective academic advisor?
·        What information has this person provided that has been the most useful to you as a student at NDSU?
·        What is the best advice you have received from this individual that you will use when you leave NDSU?

Stage One: Nominations will be accepted from October 15-November 17, 2014.
Stage Two: Nominees will have until January 15, 2015 to submit materials to the selection committee.
Recipients Announced: by February 15, 2015.

*Previous recipients include:

Joan Krush, Professional Advisor, Computer Science (2014)
Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Professor, AES Plant Science (2014)
Linda Fricker, Professional Advisor, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (2013)
Janice Haggart, Instructor, Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences (2013).



Nomination Form

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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:12:13 AM