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Region 4 Awards and Scholarship Programs

NACADA Region 4 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for students, academic advisors and administrators. Applications are due through the on-line submission portal.

Applications are due Nov. 1, 2016

Applications are due Jan. 31, 2017

Region Excellence in Advising Awards

Excellence in Advising Awards are selected within each region.   These awards recognize individuals who demonstrate qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.  Winners will receive complimentary registration to their region conference.

Submission timeline:  July 1-November 1 each year

Region Awards committees review applications/nominations and winners will be announced in December or early January.  The awards are presented at region conferences in the spring.

Categories:

Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role  

Recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.

 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor

Recognizes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.  

 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.

Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator

Recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program. 

Several regions offer additional Excellence in Advising awards as well as scholarships and grants. –
Please see below for more information.

 

Criteria: The Selection Committee will evaluate applications/nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to:

  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Professional practices
  • Documented success
  • Documented advisor development

Eligibility:  Applicants/Nominees must be members of NACADA (except Administrators) and may apply only in their own region.

  • Individuals may self-nominate.
  • Applicants should plan to attend their spring Region conference and have support of their office/department.
  • Applicants must have worked in the advising profession for a minimum of one year, prior to Jan 1 of current year.

Submission  is via the NACADA Awards on-line nomination system which includes the following documents, uploaded in PDF form:

  • Nomination/Application Letter:  This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award.  This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent performance.  Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support:  Include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.
  • Nominee Resume or Curriculum Vita- Please limit entries to material that pertains directly to academic advising, presenting relevant information from the nominees overall resume/vita. Please include your current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
  • Personal Philosophy Statement – (Optional but encouraged.) Please provide a personal philosophy statement regarding their (nominees) approach to advising and/or advising administration. This document SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced

All documents will be submitted in pdf format, including letters.

Region 4 Awards, Grants and Mentoring Program

Read each category guidelines carefully and gather materials before beginning the online submission process. Once you begin an online nomination, write down your password and submission number. Keep this information available for future use in case you need to save your entry and return to it at a later date. Once a nomination has been submitted, you will be unable to make changes or additions. Include all relevant information before you complete the submission. Nominations must be submitted by the deadline published and must contain factual or narrative material that describes the extent to which an individual meets the awards criteria. Include the following items and use objective data to support the nomination.


Excellence in Advising - Advising Programs 

This category is for programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising services.  
Evidence of an outstanding program include, but is not limited to, the qualities listed below. In addition, program description, suitability for dissemination, and adherence to program guideline are key factors in selection.

1. Innovative Quality
2. Creativity
3. Institutional Commitment
4. Impact
5. Transferability

NOTE:  Only one recipient from the program award winner's institution is eligible for a complimentary basic conference registration and membership.

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain factual or descriptive material including:

1.  An abstract describing the Program
2.  An original, publishable manuscript not more than 2,500 words in length, typewritten and double-spaced, and in the following format:

a. Institution description
b. Progarm development (how, when, and why the program was developed, including problems encountered, organizational concerns, budget, and other considerations)
c. Goals and objectives
d. Program description

e. Procedures used in program evaluation (quantitative and/or qualitative)
f. Results/outcome (impact on students and/or in the institution)
g. Potential for adaptation by other institutions
*Nominations must include only original documentation prepared specifically for the NACADA Region 4 Awards Program. Materials intended for other awards programs will not be considered.


Region 4 Joyce C. Jackson Service Award 

Joyce C. Jackson was a lifelong educator. For over 30 years, she taught all ages and levels of school.  She taught mathematics and Physical Education in grades 8-12. For the last 10 years of her life she taught mathematics at Costal Georgia Community College (formerly Brunswick College) and was actively involved in the academic advising and new student orientation program.

Joyce was not only loved, honored and respected for her outstanding teaching and academic advising, but she was also most highly respected for her volunteerism and service to others; she clearly defined volunteerism through her work on region and national conferences. Joyce did not mind being a behind the scenes volunteer, and she thrived on helping in every way she could. NACADA and Region 4 were a love of her life.

The Service Award is dedicated to Joyce in memorial of her love of NACADA, education, and her legacy of volunteerism in Region 4. The award is presented to a Region 4 NACADA member for volunteer service to Region 4 and NACADA. Nominees must be a current NACADA member and must have a history of involvement and membership in the organization.  

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain factual or descriptive material including:

  1. A supporting letter from the nominator providing evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to NACADA, Region 4, the profession of academic advising, leadership in the field of advising as well as related professional areas, and a commitment to the importance of academic advising at the regional level.
  2. Letters of support from the following categories, colleagues, staff, and students with a minimum of one letter from each category and a maximum of two, (a maximum of 6 (six) letters total).
  3. Additional materials that support candidate's nomination

Travel Grants - Region 4 Conference

Includes registration, membership for a year, and some travel expenses approved by the Region 4 Chair. A limited number of grants are available. Recipients must attend the Region 4 Spring Region Conference Keynote Luncheon where they will be recognized. This one-time travel award grant is non-transferrable to another person or activity. Individuals may nominate themselves. Previous Region 4 travel grant recipients are not eligible. Travel Grant applicants must submit an advising resume. Applicants must be members of Region 4.

Submission Procedures
In 250 words or less, please explain why the grant would be of benefit to you (i.e., address an advising issue or specific program on your campus, meet professional goals, etc.)


Travel Grants for Graduate Students - Region 4 Conference

Travel grants for Graduate Students include conference registration, membership for one year, and some travel expenses approved by the Region 4 Chair. A limited number of grants are available. Recipients MUST attend the Region 4 Spring Region Conference Keynote Luncheon where they will be recognized. This one-time travel award grant is non-transferrable to another person or activity. Individuals may nominate themselves. Graduate Student MUST SUBMIT CERTIFICATION of full time status and a graduate transcript. Previous Region 4 graduate student scholarship and grant recipients are not eligible. Applicants must be members of Region 4.

Submission Procedures
In 250 words or less, please explain why the grant would be of benefit to you (i.e., address an advising issue or specific program on your campus, meet professional goals, etc.)


Travel Grant  to Annual Conference

Region 4 would like to extend an opportunity for its members to attend the Annual Conference. This award is available for both advisors and graduate students. This scholarship includes conference registration and a one year NACADA membership. A limited number of scholarships are available. This one-time scholarship is non-transferrable to another person or activity. Individuals may nominate themselves. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible. Applicants must be members of Region 4.

Depending on funds available, this award includes registration, membership for a year, and some travel expenses approved by the Region 4 Chair. A limited number of grants are available. Recipients must attend the Region 4 Spring Region Conference Keynote Luncheon where they will be recognized. This one-time travel award grant is non-transferrable to another person or activity. Individuals may nominate themselves. Previous Region 4 travel grant recipients are not eligible. Travel Grant applicants must submit an advising resume. Applicants must be members of Region 4.

Submission Procedures:
Please include your resume along with a 250 word summary explaining why the scholarship would be of benefit to you, (i.e., address an advising issue or specific program on your campus, meet professional goals, etc.)
Graduate Students: Please include a copy of your transcript in the submission process.

NOTE:

The Excellence in Advising Awards (Primary, Faculty, New Advisor, Advising Administration and the Joyce C. Jackson Service Award) may receive the following, when funding allows:

  •     Recognition Plaque
  •     Complimentary Registration ($140 Value)
  •     NACADA Membership ($65 Value)
  •     2 Nights Lodging at Conference Hotel Site ($280 Value)

 The Best Of State (BOS) Award Winners will receive the following, when funding allows:

  •     Certificate of Appreciation
  •     Complimentary Registration ($140 Value)
  •     NACADA Membership ($65 Value)
  •     2 Nights Lodging at Conference Hotel Site ($280 Value)
  •     If there are more than one presenter from BOS, presenters will split the award package. (Additional funding will be at the discretion of the Region Chair)

 Travel Grant Recipients will receive the following, when funding allows:

  •     Certificate of Appreciation
  •     Complimentary Registration – Grad ($100 Value) & Professional ($140 Value)
  •     2 Nights Lodging at Conference Hotel Site ($280 Value)
  •     Will provide 2 Grad and 2 Professional Travel Grants Scholarships 

Region 4 Scholarship to the Assessment Institute
Region 4 Scholarship to the Analytics Seminiar
Region 4 Scholarship to the Administrators' Institute

NACADA Region 4 is offering one scholarship for each of the above programs.  The value is the amount of the early registration fee

Submission procedures

  1. Visit: http://apps.nacada.ksu.edu/conferences/awards/NM01Login.php 
  2. Submit resume
  3. Submit minimum 250 word essay on why you should be selected and how you will benefit by attending.

Region 4 Mentoring Program

Region IV is adding a mentoring program during the 2015-2017 year.

This program will allow one-on-one interaction between an experienced NACADA member and a member who is wanting to learn more about NACADA, build a networking base and explore leadership opportunities.   Instructions and applications