Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards recognize the accomplishments and commitment of those dedicated to helping students succeed through academic advising. Since the establishment of the original awards for primary role advising, more categories have been added to acknowledge distinguished professionals whose advising responsibilities may not be their only role with the university.

The awards and criteria reflect the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) standards and exemplary advising practices as described by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).  Winners of NC State’s awards are nominated for NACADA Regional and Global Awards.

The Initial Nomination period for the 2021-22 Awards is now closed.  To read about eligibility for each category, click on the name of the award below.

 


Barbara Soloman Advising Award (Primary Role Academic Advisor)

The Barbara Soloman Advising Award is given in recognition of dedicated, exemplary service to NC State students by a primary role advisor.  The nominee for this award has 5 or more calendar years of academic advising experience at NC State and spends at least 50% of their time on direct delivery of advising to students.

  • The nominee contributes to student success by providing involved, holistic and developmentally sensitive guidance.
  • The nominee’s advising load, personal philosophy of advising, commitment to advocacy for students, and evidence of student success and learning is considered.
  • The nominee demonstrates a commitment to improving advising practices at NC State.
  • The nominee advises students in a respectful, inclusive way.

2020-21 Winner:  Cynthia Zuckerman-Hyman, Department of Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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, Julie Lawson, Andrea Atkin, and Michelle Garoutte.

New Advisor Award (Primary Role Academic Advisor)

The New Advisor Award is given in recognition of a primary role advisor who has been an advisor (1) at all institutions served for fewer than 3 calendar years and (2) for whom direct delivery of advising to students comprises 50% or more of their responsibilities.

  • The nominee contributes to student success by providing involved, holistic, and developmentally sensitive guidance.
  • The nominee’s advising load, personal philosophy of advising, commitment to advocacy for students, and evidence of student success and learning is considered.
  • The nominee advises students in a respectful, inclusive way.
  • The nominee demonstrates a commitment to their professional development as an advisor.

[Note for submission to NACADA: NACADA sets the cutoff date for the Outstanding New Advisor Awards as three years subtracted from the Award Program Year. For 2022, a new advisor would be anyone fewer than 3 years of total undergraduate academic advising experience as of March, 2022.]

2020-2021 Winner:  Trisha Mackey, TRIO Programs

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, Dana Kotter-Gruehn, Michael Lee, and Tony Shurer.

Faculty Advisor Award

The Faculty Advisor Award is given in recognition of an advisor whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spends a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.  Nominees must spend at least 50% of their time on teaching and/or research and have at least 3 calendar years of advising experience at NC State.

  • The nominee exhibits 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 are considered.

2020-21 Winner:  Dr. Kim Bush, Associate Teaching Professor, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Management, College of Natural Resources

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, Lisa Parks, Russell Gorga, and Chad Jordan.

New Faculty Advisor Award

The New Faculty Advisor Award is given in recognition of a faculty member who has been an advisor (1) at all institutions served for fewer than 3 calendar years and (2) for whom teaching and/or research comprises 50% or more of assigned responsibilities.

  • The nominee exhibits 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 are considered.
  • The nominee demonstrates a commitment to their professional development as an advisor.

[Note for submission to NACADA: NACADA sets the cutoff date for the Outstanding New Advisor Awards as three years subtracted from the Award Program Year. For 2022, a new faculty advisor would be anyone fewer than 3 years of total undergraduate academic advising experience as of March, 2022.]

2020-21 Winner:  Dr. Erin McKenney, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs, Applied Ecology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Past Winners:  Jacquelyn Golden, Anita Vila-Parrish, Joseph Palis, Cheryl Cass, Genessa Devine, Lara Pacifici, Natalie Cooke, Joy Morgan Fleming, Gene Melton, and Joseph Donaldson

Carrie McLean Award (Advising Administrator)

The Carrie McLean Award (named in 2021) is given in recognition of an outstanding administrator who has oversight of an advising area at NC State.  The award is presented in honor of the service and accomplishments of Dr. Carrie McLean, who served as NC State’s first Director of Advising until her retirement in December, 2020.

Fifty percent of the nominee’s responsibilities should be dedicated to advising administration, and the individual should have served in advising administration at NC State for a minimum of 3 calendar years.

  • The nominee has demonstrated advocacy for advisors, a commitment to understanding the advising process and student learning, and a commitment to improving advising practices at NC State.
  • 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 are considered.

2020-21 Winner:  Heather Lyerly, Director of Academic Services, Wilson College of Textiles

Past Winners of the Advising Administrator Award:  Phil Moses, Marcia Gumpertz, Sandy Stallings, Shannon Carey, Carrie Leger, Keri Bowman, Karen Young, Roxanna McGraw, Meredith Fosque, Kim Outing, Lauren Brown, Jane Lubischer, Tricia Buddin, Tarek Aziz, and Tremaine Brittian.


Click here to see the 2020-2021 Awards presentation

Any questions about the Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards can be sent to Donna Burton, Assistant Director, Academic Advising Programs and Services.  Her email is djburton@ncsu.edu