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Distinguished Advising Award


  • Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award (for Faculty)
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award (for Professional Advisors)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • For faculty: Faculty with at least five years of service completed at UM (i.e., are at least in their sixth year at time of receiving the award).
  • For professional advisors: five years completed at UM. (i.e., are at least in their sixth year at time of receiving the award).


An advisor may receive the award twice. For eligibility the second time, at least three complete years must have passed since the first Award was received (e.g., if the nominee first received the Award in Spring 2010, he or she would not be eligible for a second Award until Spring 2014).


Nominations will be solicited through the media (e.g., posters, The Helmsman, email, online survey, etc.).

Faculty must receive nominations from faculty/administrators and students/former students/alumni/alumnae.

Professional advisors must receive nominations from faculty/administrators and students/former students/alumni/alumnae


The Selection Committee will be appointed by the Provost and will consist of two faculty, two professional staff, two administrators, the Director of Academic Advising, and a student representative.


Identifying nominees. (1) Establish a nominee pool of those with at least one nomination from each nominating group. (2) Reduce pool to about ten nominees. (3) Ask candidates to request supporting letters and submit a dossier.

Supporting letters. Solicited confidential letters with a minimum of one from each of the following groups: 1. Present and former advisees. 2. Faculty/professional staff. 3. Supervisors/administrators.

Dossier. To support his/her nomination, the candidate will develop a personal dossier of materials that show s/he has met appropriate criteria from the Advising Award Criteria list.


The Award will be accompanied by a stipend equal to that given for the University's Distinguished Teaching Award. The recommendation is that one faculty and one professional advisor award be given annually.


The Award will be given at the Spring Faculty Convocation.

  1. Undergraduate Student Contact
    • frequency of contact with undergraduate advisees
    • availability to advisees
    • meeting advisees in a variety of settings
  2. External Evaluation
    • advisee evaluations (summary data)
    • perception by colleague of candidate's advising skills
    • institutional recognition of candidate for advising
    • evidence of student success rate
  3. Interpersonal Skills
    • caring attitude toward advisees
    • intrusive behavior which builds strong relationships with advisees.
  4. Advising Skills
    • appropriate referral activity
    • use of appropriate information sources
    • monitoring of student progress
    • mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
    • ability to engage in developmental advising
  5. Evidence of Professional Development and Service in Advising
    • attendance at advisor development programs
    • participation in advisor development programs
    • support of advisor development programs
    • perception of candidate as an advising resource

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