Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards

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, 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.  Winners of these awards are nominated for the Annual NACADA Awards at the Region 3 and National levels.

The description of each award and eligibility criteria appear below. (Note that the initial nomination period has closed for this year.)

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Barbara Soloman Advising Award (Primary Role Academic Advisor)

The Barbara Soloman Advising Award is given in recognition of dedicated service to students by a primary role advisor.

  •  Academic advising makes up 50% or more of the nominee’s job duties
  •  The nominee for this award has five or more years of academic advising experience at NC State.
  •  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 employed as an advisor at all institutions served for fewer than three years.

  • Academic advising makes up 50% or more of the nominee’s job duties
  • 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: 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 2021, so a “new advisor” would be anyone fewer than 3 years of total undergraduate academic advising experience as of March 31, 2021

2020-2021 Winner:  Trisha Jackson, 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 as a teaching/researching faculty member.

  • Nominees must spend at least 50% of their time on teaching or research and have at least 3 years (calendar years) of experience.
  • 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 an advisor whose primary responsibility is as a teaching/researching faculty member and has advised undergraduate students at all institutions served for fewer than three years.

  • Academic advising makes up less than 50% of the nominee’s job duties
  • 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: 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 2021, so a “new advisor” would be anyone fewer than 3 years of total undergraduate academic advising experience as of March 31, 2021.

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 function.

  • The nominee must have served as an advising administrator at NC State for at least three years prior to their nomination
  • Advising administration comprises at least 50% of the nominee’s duties.
  • The nominee shows 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.


2020-2021 Selection Committee

  • Amanda Beller — College of Education
  • John Dole — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • McKenzy Heavlin — Student Government
  • Keith Howard — College of Natural Resources
  • Stephanie Jares — College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Karen Leonas — Wilson College of Textiles
  • Herle McGowan — College of Sciences
  • Dan Monek — University College, Music
  • Jennifer McLamb — Poole College of Management
  • Kim Priebe — Study Abroad
  • John Resnick-Kahle — University College, Exploratory Studies
  • Tameka Whitaker — College of Design

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