REGION 6 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

NACADA Region 6 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for academic advisors and administrators. Applications are due through the on-line submission portal. 

Applications are due Nov. 1, 2017

Applications are due Jan. 31, 2018

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 Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrators applicants) and may apply only in their own region.

  • Individuals may self-nominate.
  • Award recipients' early conference registration fee is covered by the region account and they will be recognized during the conference. Therefore, it is ideal if applicants have the support of their office/department/college in attending the region conference.
  • Applicants must have worked in the advising profession for a minimum of one year.

Submission is via the NACADA Awards online 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 6 AWARDS, GRANTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
 

Region 6 Tribal College Advisor Grant

To recognize Tribal College advisors who are responsible for advising Aboriginal [First Nation, Metis Nation, and Inuit] students in Region 6. Each winner will receive $400 for region conference registration, NACADA general membership, and travel.

Eligibility:
You may be eligible for one of two grants we are able to offer through the NACADA North Central Region 6 Steering Committee. Each winner will receive $400 for region conference registration, NACADA general membership, and travel. To be eligible, you must be a Tribal College advisor or have as your primary work assignment, responsibility for advising Aboriginal [First Nation, Metis Nation, and Inuit] students in Region 6, which includes: the Northwest Territories (Canada), Manitoba (Canada), Saskatchewan (Canada), North Dakota (US), South Dakota (US), Nebraska (US), Iowa (US), and Minnesota (US).

Submission Procedures:

  • Complete the on-line application form.
  • Submit your resume which includes your present employment information.
  • Submit a brief essay (200 words maximum) describing your interest in the NACADA Region 6 Conference and your experience in developing programming for your office or campus based on your conference experiences.

Region 6 Conference Graduate Student Scholarship

To recognize current students who are members of NACADA and plan to attend the Region 6 Conference in the spring. Students will receive $400 for region conference registration, NACADA student membership, and travel.

  • You must be a current graduate student (or have completed a recent graduate program, and not currently employed full-time in an advising field)
  • You must be a current student member of NACADA (or join as part of the conference registration process).You must attend the Region 6 Conference
  • You must attend the Region 6 Conference

Submission Procedures:

Please provide the following information using no more than 1-page typed:

  1. The goals you hope to accomplish by attending the Region 6 Conference
  2. Ways you would like to become involved with NACADA, especially Region 6
  3. Future career goals after you complete your current degree program

Service to Region 6 Award

This award annually recognizes the importance of volunteer service to Region 6 by a NACADA member through outstanding service to the organization and the Region. The winner receives a plaque, a one year NACADA membership, and is honored at the Awards Ceremony held during the Region Conference in the spring.

Eligibility:

  1. A nominee must be a current member of NACADA and must also have a history of involvement and membership in the organization.
  2. Previous winners are not eligible
  3. Current members of the Region 6 Steering Committee arenoteligible for consideration for this award. After the member's term of office is over, s/he may then be eligible for consideration

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain adequate factual or descriptive material for the selection Committee to evaluate the nomination, including:

  1. A supporting letter from the nominator, providing evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to Region 6 National Academic Advising Association, 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 a regional or national level.
  2. Letters of support from colleagues, students or staff not to exceed two letters in any category
  3. Nominee resume or vita
  4. Additional materials that support the candidate's nomination

*Nominations must include only original documentation prepared specifically for the NACADA Region 6 Awards Program. Materials intended for other award programs will not be considered.

Award:
The winner receives a plaque, a one year NACADA membership, and is honored at the Awards Ceremony held during the Region Conference in the spring. 


Region 6 Innovation Award

The NACADA Region 6 Innovation Award recognizes creative and unique approaches in bringing innovation and inclusive excellence to academic advising. This award recognizes professional advisors, administrators or faculty advisors who are advancing the field of academic advising through research, program development and implementation, or use of technology to support their academic advising practices and creating inclusive environments at their institutions. This category may include but is not limited to:

  1. Programs, research projects, or initiatives serving specific populations of students, including but not limited to: adult learners, at-risk students, undecided students, student athletes, graduate students, international students, students of color or any other underrepresented population (i.e. LGBT students, students with disabilities, etc.)
  2. Programs, research projects, or initiatives related to: advising models, advisor training and development programs, use of technology, advisor assessment, program evaluation, etc.

Eligibility:

  1. Regionally accredited post-secondary institutions within Region 6 may submit an application. NACADA affiliation not required.
  2. Previous winners of Program Awards or Certificates of Merit are eligible ONLY if three years have elapsed since their selection and the program has been significantly modified.
  3. Only one submission per institution will be considered. The Selection Committee will not consider multiple nominations for different programs within the same institution. The first submission will be reviewed.
  4. Programs must have been operational for two or more years (may include pilot period). Data to substantiate programs effectiveness must be included. Programs lacking data to substantiate at least two years of program effectiveness will not be reviewed.

Criteria:
Evidence of an outstanding program, research projects or initiatives include, but is not limited to, the qualities listed below. In addition, program/project description, suitability for dissemination, and adherence to program/project guideline are key factors in selection.

  1. Innovative Quality - represents new approaches to effective and inclusive academic advising practices. If program has been implemented elsewhere but is new to an institution, it is eligible.
  2. Creativity - demonstrates creative use of resources (human, fiscal, and physical) in the delivery of innovative and inclusive academic advising services.
  3. Institutional Commitment - demonstrates commitment to innovative and inclusive academic advising throughout the institution.
  4. Impact - provides definitive evidence of positive student and/or institutional outcomes.
  5. Transferability - applicable to a wide variety of institutions.

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain adequate factual or descriptive material to enable the Selection Committee to evaluate the program, including:

  1. A program abstract not to exceed 250 words
  2. A description of programs, research projects (publications), or initiatives related to advising models, advisor training and development programs, use of technology, advisor assessment, and program evaluation. Maximum of 2,500 words, typed and double spaced with content in the following format:
    • Institution description
    • Potential for adaptation by other institutions
    • Results/outcome (impact on students and/or the institution)
    • Procedures used in program evaluation (quantitative and/or qualitative)
    • Program description
    • Goals and objectives
    • Program development (how, when, and why the program was developed, including problems encountered, organizational concerns, budget, and other considerations)

Region 6 Uncommon Advising Mentoring Program (UAMP)

This program will identify new members of Region VI interested in deepening their involvement within NACADA in addition to professional mentorship for their work-life as an advisor.  The new leaders will be carefully paired for one year with a professional more seasoned in both their career and involvement in NACADA Region VI.  The new leader will set develop goals, awareness of the association, and skills.  We seek new leaders and mentors who will provide diverse and sustainable leadership for the Region and the larger Association.

Mentor Responsibilities

  1. Maintain NACADA membership throughout the program.
  2. Must be able to attend regional conference and participate in activities established for the Region 6 Leader-Mentor Program
  3. Must be willing to commit to a year long program and be willing to communicate with their leader on a regular basis.
  4. Assist the leader develop a written plan for leadership development to be submitted to their state/province liaison.
  5. Develop progress reports due August 15 and February 15.
  6. Submit a written report at the end of the program documenting the experience and complete an evaluation of the program. 

NOTE:  If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Drew Puroway (dwpuroway@stthomas.edu). 

Leader Responsibilities 

  1. Maintain NACADA membership throughout the program.
  2. Must be able to attend regional conference and participate in activities established for the Region 6 Leader-Mentor Program
  3. Must be willing to commit to a year long program and be willing to communicate with their mentor on a regular basis
  4. Develop a written plan for leadership development to be submitted to their state/province liaison.
  5. Develop progress reports due August 15 and February 15.
  6. Submit a written report at the end of the program documenting the experience and complete an evaluation of the program. 

Application Process
For consideration by the selection committee for program, plan to submit your completed application packet by November 1, 2017.
We encourage applicants to begin thinking and preparing application materials well in advance of the deadline. Applicants (both Leaders and Mentors)  are required to respond to the following questions (in PDF format:)

  1. How will your involvement in the Region 6 Leader-Mentor Program support the program goal of providing increased representation from an underrepresented constituency in NACADA?  NACADA defines diversity from a very broad perspective, which includes diversity in regard to ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation as well as diversity in regard to institutional type, size, and employment position.
  2. How do you see yourself participating in the association as a future NACADA Leader, and how will involvement in this program assist you in achieving those goals? (think about the activities of the Association that you are most eager to explore to begin your involvement in the leadership of the Association)
  3. What qualities and experience do you desire in a mentor?  Think about the qualities of personality with which you think you can create a synergistic relationship.  What types of roles do you hope to hold in your career that might help us in choosing a mentor for your specific ambitions (Examples: hope to work with a specific population of students or institutional type; hope to be an advising administrator; hope to publish articles)

Potential Leader applicants should also submit responses to the following questions:

  • Letter from applicant's supervisor that includes his/her recommendation of the application, demonstrates his/her understanding that a one-year commitment is required (including Regional Conference attendance in 2017 and 2018), and indicates level of available institutional support (including financial). (Please be certain the writer is identified as your supervisor in the letter.)
  • Letter of recommendation from a past or current advisee who can attest to the applicant's earnestness as a dedication as an advisor. (Please be certain the writer is identified as a student in the letter.)

Application Submission

  • Gather the required application materials as word documents or pdf’s
  • Send these documents to Drew Puroway, dwpuroway@stthomas.edu, by November 1, 2017. Please attach all documents to one email if at all possible.

Selection

  • Review of applications will occur during November & December, with the goal of having the selection process complete and applicants notified by mid-January.

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