Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards

Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards Overview

 

Since 2002, the Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards have recognized the accomplishments and commitment of those dedicated to helping students succeed through academic advising. Since the establishment of the original award, three more have been added to acknowledge those distinguished professionals whose advising responsibilities may not be their only role with the university. Individuals who have previously won awards cannot be nominated for the award that they have previously won. However, they can be nominated within a new category.

The awards and criteria have been modeled to reflect the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) awards and Council for the Advancement of Standards for exemplary advising practices. Academic Advising Services’ hope is that winners of NC State’s award winners will be carried forth in nomination to the NACADA awards.

Initial Nomination Form (2019-2020)  Due Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Call for Nominations & Final Packet Requirements (2019-2020)  Due: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

 

NC State Awards, Criteria, and Past Winners

Group photo of 2019 award winners (Jan 25, 2019)

2019 award winners, Jan 25, 2019.

 

Barbara Soloman Advising Award (Primary Role Academic Advisor)

The Barbara Soloman Advising Award is given in recognition of dedicated service to students from a primary role advisor (academic advising should make up 50% or more of the individual’s job duties). Nominees of this award should have five or more years of academic advising experience at NC State. The winner of this award will be a professional advisor who contributes to student success by going the extra mile to provide involved, holistic and developmentally sensitive guidance. Advising load, personal philosophy of advising, commitment to advocacy for students, and evidence of student success and learning will be considered for this award.

2018-19 Winner:  Dr. Andrea Atkin (Exploratory Studies and Academic Advising Programs and Services)
Past Winners:  Joyce Hatch, Phil Dail, Andrea Irby, Mary Alice Tetro, Cecilia Townsend, Mindy Sopher, Jacqui Hawkins-Morton, Betsy Alexieff, Sandy Stallings, Brian Koehler, Martha Wicker, Jill Anderson, Millie Herget, Maria Crockett, Susan Lamb, and Julie Lawson.

New Advisor Award (Primary Role Academic Advisor)

The New Advisor Award is given in recognition of either a faculty advisor or primary role advisor who has been employed as an advisor for fewer than three years. Advising should make up 50% or more of the individual’s job duties. The winner will be someone who shows evidence of a strong commitment to promoting student success through developing relationships with students, becoming aware of policies and procedures, referring students to resources for assistance, and commitment to professional development as an advisor. Advising load, personal philosophy of advising, commitment to advocacy for students, and evidence of student success and learning will be considered for this award.

Note: NACADA sets the cutoff date for the Outstanding “New Advisor” Awards as three years subtracted from the Award Program Year. For example, this coming award program year is 2020, so a “new advisor” would be anyone with an advising role hired at NC State from January 2017 to the present.

2018-19 Winner:  Michael Lee (Life Sciences First Year Program)
Past Winners:  Jenny Ellerbe, Anita Flick, Jennie LaMonte, Jill Anderson, Heather Duhart, Kimberly Franklin, Jennah Jones. Christina Hobbs, Roy Stamper, Erin Seiling, Aimee Stright, Dana Thomas, and Dana Kotter-Gruehn.

New Faculty Advisor Award

The New Faculty Advisor Award is given to honor an academic advisor who has shown exemplary service but has worked as an advisor for three or fewer years. The nominee’s primary responsibilities should include teaching and/or research, but a portion of the nominee’s time should also be dedicated to providing academic advising services to students.

Note: NACADA sets the cutoff date for the Outstanding “New Advisor” Awards as three years subtracted from the Award Program Year. For example, this coming award program year is 2020, so a “new advisor” would be anyone with an advising role hired at NC State from January 2017 to the present.

2018-19 Winner:  Dr. Gene Melton (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English) 
Past Winners:  Jacqueline B. Golden, Anita Vila-Parrish, Joseph Palis, Cheryl Cass, Genessa Devine, Lara Pacifici, Natalie Cooke, and Joy Morgan Fleming.

Faculty Advisor Award

The Faculty Advisor Award is given in recognition of an advisor whose primary responsibility is as a teaching/researching faculty member. The winner of this award will exhibit a strong commitment to student success through availability to advisees, commitment to guiding students in career and academic paths, and awareness of policies and procedures. Advising load, personal philosophy of advising, commitment to advocacy for students, and evidence of student success and learning will be considered for this award.

2018-19 Winner:  Dr. Russell Gorga (College of Textiles/ College of Engineering, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science)
Past Winners:  Risa Ellovich, Debra Laefer, Clarence Smith, Michael Pause, Sandra Paur, Lisa Bullard, Candace Goode Vick, Jim Alchediak, John Morillo, Seth Murray, Linda Williams, Susan Navey-Davis, Stephanie Curtis, Kathy Hamilton Gore, and Lisa Parks.

Advising Administrator Award

The Advising Administrator Award is given in recognition of an administrator who has oversight of an advising unit. Nominees must have served as an advising administrator at NC State for at least three years prior to their nomination. The winner of this award will show advocacy for advisors in their charge, a commitment to understanding the advising process and student learning, and a commitment to using assessment to continuously improve their unit’s advising process.  The administrator’s personal philosophy of advising, knowledge of advising and student learning and development literature, articulation of appropriate advising vision, and evidence of results-based improvements will be considered for this award.

2018-19 Winner: Dr. Tarek Aziz (College of Engineering, Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering)

Past Winners:  Phil Moses, Marcia Gumpertz, Sandy Stallings, Shannon Carey, Carrie Leger, Keri Bowman, Karen Young, Roxanna McGraw, Meredith Fosque, Kim Outing, Lauren Brown, Jane Lubischer, and Tricia Buddin.

2018-2019 Selection Committee

  • Erin Champion  — College of Natural Resources
  • Dana Kotter-Gruehn — College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Susannah Lawrence — Academic Advising Programs and Services
  • Julie Lawson — Poole College of Management
  • *Margaret Monaco — College of Textiles
  • Lisa Parks — College of Sciences
  • Hailey Queen — College of Engineering
  • John Russ — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Michelle Thompson — Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

*student representative

Any questions can be sent to Donna Burton, Assistant Director for Advisor Training and Development in Academic Advising Programs and Services.  Her email is djburton@ncsu.edu The Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards Ceremony is held each January.