Outstanding Advising Award Guidelines

  1. Academic Advising-Primary Role — Individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students
  2. Faculty Academic Advising — Individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students



  1. Any individual serving as an academic advisor or faculty academic advisor and employed by a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution may be nominated.  NACADA membership is not required.
  2. Current members of the Board of Directors and Council are not eligible for consideration for these advising awards. After the member's term of office is over, s/he may then be eligible for consideration.
  3. Previous Outstanding Advising Award winners are not eligible. Previous Certificates of Merit recipients are eligible only if a minimum of 5 years has elapsed since the certificate was awarded and the nomination contains substantial new information.
  4. Previous Outstanding New Advisor Award winners or Certificate of Merit recipients may be considered for Outstanding Advising Awards or Certificates of Merit if a minimum of five years has passed since receiving the original award.
  5. Only one nominee per category from each institution will be considered.



The Selection Committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor or faculty advisor.  Such evidence may include: 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees, faculty, or staff
  • Frequency of contact with advisees
  • Appropriate referral activity
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate information sources
  • Evidence of student success rate, by advisor or department
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
  • Meeting advisees in informal settings
  • Participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to engage in, promote, and support developmental advising
  • Evidence of working in an academic advising program that supports NACADA's Core Values
  • Evidence of working in an advising program that 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
  • Institutional recognition of nominee for outstanding advising
Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain adequate 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. 
  1. A completed Online Nomination Form.
  2. A summary of the nominee's qualifications.  In this key piece, the nominator should summarize the extent to which the nominee meets the award criteria, citing letters of support, data, or other materials illustrative of exemplary performance as an academic advisor or faculty advisor.
  3. Nominee resume or vita. Please limit entries to material that pertains directly to academic advising, presenting relevant information from the nominee's overall resume/vita. Please include a current job position description or list of job responsibilities.
  4. A personal statement on advising by the nominee
  5. Appendices which support the summary (item 2), such as:
    1. representative materials developed by the nominee.
    2. letters of support from advisees, colleagues, and administrators.
    3. other pertinent information from nominator.

Appendices should be limited to not more than 40 pages total. Please upload your appendices as one pdf document even though the online system will allow you to submit more than one attachment for the appendices. The total number of pages should be no more than 40 total. 

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