Award for Excellence in Career Advising
Selection Guidelines and Instructions
Description of Award
The Award for Excellence in Career Advising is given annually to recognize an individual who serves undergraduate advisees in exemplary ways. Sponsored by Career and Professional Development, the Award was established in 1989 to recognize the value of career advising at Virginia Tech. The Award includes a $500 cash prize and a framed certificate.
Eligibility and Criteria for Selection
Please consider the following when making a nomination:
- Nominees must be Virginia Tech faculty or staff members (external to Career and Professional Development) who provide career advising to undergraduate students at Virginia Tech.
- Personal characteristics such as creativity, communication skills, concern for students, and enthusiasm as they pertain to the role of career advisor.
- The development of innovative career advising resources and outreach programs for the academic department or other undergraduate student population with whom the advisor works.
- Although Individuals may also serve as academic advisors, this award is to acknowledge their career advising accomplishments and contributions
Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of advising excellence. Each candidate must furnish a personal, written statement about their involvement with career advising
General Procedures for Nominations, Dossier Submissions, and Selection
- Faculty, Staff, administrators, or students will nominate individuals for the Award.
- To encourage participation by advisees, students need only to provide a nomination to put someone into consideration. After an advisor is nominated, the appropriate department or unit will be notified; and the nominee’s supervisor will be encouraged to oversee submission of a dossier.
- Complete dossiers must be received by the published deadline to receive further consideration.
Organization and Submission of Dossiers
Each dossier must include:
- A Letter of Nomination/Cover Letter (three pages maximum)
- A personal statement from the candidate about why it is important to them to assist students with their career journey (two single-spaced pages maximum)
- Three to five letters of recommendation from colleagues, students, or alumni.*
*Short letters of nomination from students may be excerpted and consolidated into a single “letter” (to be considered as one of the five)