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Outstanding New Advisor Award

Description of Award

The Outstanding New Advisor Award is given annually to recognize an individual who serves undergraduate advisees in exemplary ways. The Award includes a $2000 cash prize and membership in the University’s Academy of Advising Excellence, and a digital badge to verify the nominee is a deserving recipient of this award.


The nominee must be a full-time faculty or professional advisor who has served as an academic advisor for 0 to 3 years at the time of nomination.


The Advising Awards Committee evaluates on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor including:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees, faculty or staff
  • Frequency of contact with advisees
  • Appropriate referral activity
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate info sources
  • Evidence of student success rate, by advisor or department
  • Caring, helpful attitude towards advisees, faculty and staff
  • Meeting advisees in informal settings
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
  • Ability to engage in, promote and support developmental advising
  • Evidence of advising in an academic advising program that supports NACADA’s core values
  • Evidence that the advising program reflects the standards of good practice in the CAS Standards and Guidelines for Academic Advising
  • Participation in and support of advisor development programs
  • Perception by colleagues of nominee’s advising skills
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees

Outstanding New Advisor Award Rubric (PDF)

General Procedures for Nominations

  • Faculty, staff, administrators, or students will nominate individuals for the Award
  • To encourage participation nominators need only to provide a nomination to put someone into consideration
  • After an individual is nominated, the appropriate department or unit will be notified; and the nominee’s supervisor will be encouraged to oversee submission of a dossier

The award recipient will receive a digital badge to proudly display on social media, email, LinkedIn accounts and more!

2025 Outstanding New Advisor Award digital badge