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Guidelines for Submission for the Distinguished Faculty Advising Award

(This information may be found in section 7.0 of the Policy on Faculty Awards, 12-06)


Purpose: The Distinguished Faculty Advising Award, established in 2008, is designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellence in advising by members of the University’s faculty. This award is designed to honor those who have consistently demonstrated their dedication and skill in service to their advisees. Nominees shall be evaluated based on evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic adviser. Normally, there are no more than three (3) awards granted annually.

Eligibility: Eligible candidates for the award are all faculty. Since this award is designed to honor consistent and sustained advising, as well as the relationship between advising and degree completion, candidates must demonstrate a minimum of three (3) years of service as a faculty advisor.

Nomination: Nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Advising Award may be submitted by university faculty, staff, administrators, students and/or alumni/ae. Any nominator may nominate only one (1) candidate for this award in a given academic year. The letter of nomination, signed by the nominator(s), shall identify the nominee, and shall provide a brief rationale for the nomination. Nomination letters are due at the Academic Senate Office. 

Evaluation Criteria: A record of excellent and committed service, including the significance of the nominee’s impact on students’ success, and demonstrated skills in areas of advising. The quality of performance will be the primary consideration.  

Submission: Candidates who accept their nomination shall submit an application and the required materials to the Academic Senate Office.

Materials needed for submission are:

  • A completed Application Form;
  • Up to a total of ten letters of support addressing the quality of advising of the nominee from faculty, students, and/or alumni;
  • A 3-5 page summary statement by the nominee highlighting his/her advising in relation to the above criteria;
  • Evidence from graduating seniors and/or alumni that the candidate’s advising significantly impacted student success.

Selection: The University Awards Committee shall evaluate the evidence submitted by each nominee. The name(s) of the award recipient(s) shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate.