Outstanding Advising Award Guidelines

There are two categories:

  1. Academic Advising-Primary Role — Individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. Nominees must spend at least 50% of their time on direct delivery of advising to students and have at least 3 years (calendar years) of experience in direct delivery of advising 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.  Nominees must spend at least 50% of their time on teaching or research and have at least 3 years (calendar years) of experience.


  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. Nominees must have 3 years of experience (calculated in calendar years). 
  3. Current members of the Board of Directors and Council are not eligible for consideration for this award.  After the member’s term of office is over, s/he may then be eligible for consideration.
  4. Previous Global Outstanding Advising Award winners are not eligible. 
  5. Previous Global Certificate 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Only one nominee per category from each institution will be considered.
  8. Previous Regional award winners are eligible to apply for Global Awards, though the application cannot simply be duplicated, rather it must address the Global Award specifically.

Criteria:  The Selection Committee evaluates on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor or faculty advisor including:

  • 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 in the order listed below and use objective data to support the nomination. 

  1. A completed Nomination Submission.
  2. Two separate PDF files as outlined below.

File # 1 includes:

  • 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 advisor.
  • 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.
  • A personal statement of your advising philosophy.
      1. Resources on creating your advising philosophy

File #2 includes all appendices to support the nominator’s recommendation:

  • representative materials developed by the nominee.
  • letters of support from advisees, colleagues, and administrators.  Letters of support or additional materials sent separate from the nomination packet will not be considered.
  • other pertinent information from nominator.

Appendices are limited to a maximum of 40 pages.  The online system will allow you to submit more than one attachment for the appendices but the total number of pages if printed should be no more than 40.

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

Nomination Submission Portal