Region 8 Awards and Scholarship Programs

NACADA Region 8 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, 2016

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.

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.

More Region 8 Awards and Scholarships


"Region 8 Excellence in Advising - Institutional Administrator Award:
This award recognizes individuals at the upper level of institutional administration (Presidents, Provosts, Vice Provosts, etc.) who have demonstrated a commitment to advising and advisors on their campuses.

Criteria:  Nominations will be evaluated 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 stills
*Professional practies
*Documented success
*Documented advisor development support

Submission Procedures:

  1. Nomination letter - In this letter, the nominator should summarize the nominee's qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award. It is not necessary to address all of the criteria listed, but rather this document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate the nominee's outstanding performance. Nominators should solicit input from others as they craft their nomination letters and are most welcome to include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. Nomination letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced. .
  2. Letters of Support - You may include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might enhance the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.

Region 8 Advising Technology Award
The Advising Technology Award recognizes the most creative and unique uses of technology that support academic advising.  Electronic tools used to support and enhance advising can include advising websites, databases, electronic portfolios, online tutorials, software applications, social media, and other forms of technology.  Nominations for the Advising Technology Awards can be from a wide range of categories in which technology is used in advising.

Eligibility:
1. Former recipients of the Advising Technology Award, developers of commercial software, and NACADA-sponsored resources are not eligible.

2. Only one entry per institution will be considered each year.

3. Commercial software that has been adapted to advising use (which is being utilized by an institution in a creative manner) may be submitted for consideration.

Criteria: The Advising Technology Award will be selected according to the following criteria:

•Content
•Interactivity
•Clarity
•Creativity
•Overall impression

A STRONG preference will be given to those nominations that are compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act.

Application Requirements:

Nominators should ensure that the review committee can access the technology being judged.  This can be done by uploading a PDF containing a complete website link and password (if required) that provides access to a database/electronic portfolio/website/etc. Alternatively, a PDF of detailed screen shots accompanied by descriptions of the activity and use can be uploaded with the application materials.


Region 8 Scholarship to the Region 8 Conference

Scholarship Eligibility:
To be eligible to receive a Region 8 Scholarship, individuals must be living/working in a Region 8 province or state (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Yukon Territory).  Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships.

Scholarship Criteria:
Applications are evaluated by the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the alignment of their goals for conference attendance and participation with both Region 8 and NACADA goals as evidenced through a short application.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by providing evidence of how they plan to participate in the organization and how they promote or represent diversity within the organization.

Scholarship Submission Procedure:
Apply for Region 8 Scholarships through the NACADA online submission portal. In addition to answering general questions and providing demographic information, applicants will be required to respond to the following four questions. Each question will be limited to 500 words or less.

1.  NACADA values diversity. One of NACADA's Strategic Goals is to "Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity."  Please address how you either create an inclusive environment or promote diversity within your role.

2.  How will attending this conference help you in your current position?

3.  How will attending this conference help you in reaching your future goals in advsing?

4. How do you see your current role in NACADA and how to you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?