Advisor of the Year Award
This award is based on the national criteria of the National Academic Advising Association
(NACADA). The award is designed to honor individuals and institutions who are making
significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising and to disseminate
information about these contributions to other professionals in the field. Only one
nominee will be selected. The nominee selected from the campus will become LSU’s
University College Advisor of the Year and his/her name will be submitted as LSU’s
representative for national competition as National Advisor of the Year.
Any individual employed as an academic advisor at LSU may be nominated. The nominee
need not be a NACADA member. Previous winners of national awards and certificates
of merit are not eligible.
The Selection Committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic adviser. Such evidence may include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Availability to advisees, faculty, or staff
- Frequency of contact with advisees
- Appropriate referral activity
- Use and dissemination of appropriate information sources
- Evidence of student success rate, by advisor or department
- Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
- Meeting advisees in informal settings
- Participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees
- Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
- Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
- Ability to engage in, promote, and support developmental advising
- Evidence of working in an academic advising program that supports NACADA’s Core Values.
- Evidence of working in an advising program that reflects the standards of good practice in the CAS Standards and Guidelines for Academic Advising.
- Participation in and support of advising development programs
- Perception by colleagues of nominee’s advising skills
- Institutional recognition of nominee for outstanding advising
Nomination and Selection Procedure:
Nominations for the award may be initiated by any professional staff or faculty member within the University.
The Selection Committee is chosen from among this group:
- President – Alpha Lambda Delta
- President – Phi Eta Sigma
- President – University College Student Council
- Academic representative from LSU S. G. A.
- President – Phi Kappa Phi
- Alumni Professor – Selected by Executive Director of University College
- University College Advisory Board Member
Nominations must contain adequate factual or narrative material that describes the extent to which an individual meets the awards criteria. Include the following and use objective data to support the nomination:
Summary of the nominee’s qualifications: In this key piece, the nominator should summarize the extent to which the nominee meets the award criteria, citing letters of support, data, and other materials illustrative of exemplary performance as an academic advisor.
- Letter of support from applicant’s department head or dean
- Professional Resume of Nominee. Include a current job description or list of job responsibilities.
- A personal statement written by nominee regarding their personal perspective of their role as an academic adviser (300 words or less)
- Appendices which support the summary of nominee’s qualifications: Such as:
- Representative materials developed by the nominee
- Letters of support from students, colleagues, and administrators
- Other pertinent information from nominator.
Appendices should be limited to no more than 20 sheets of paper printed front and back.