The OSU Academic Advising Award recognizes undergraduate academic advising by OSU faculty members whose primary role is the delivery of undergraduate academic advising services to students. This award acknowledges advising as a profession making a pivotal contribution to the OSU community. The recipient receives a $1,000 stipend and a plaque.

List of Previous Recipients


Eligibility is extended to individuals with professional faculty rank as well as fixed-term academic rank faculty whose primary role is advising, rather than teaching, research and service. (Individuals holding academic rank with responsibilities for teaching, research, and service, in addition to advising, may be nominated for the Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award.) Nominees for the OSU Academic Advising Award must hold at least .75 FTE of a full-time appointment centered on undergraduate academic advising. Academic advisors who assist students in developing suitable education plans, clarifying career and life goals, selecting appropriate courses and other educational experiences, interpreting academic requirements, and using all available resources to enhance their education are eligible for this award.

Award Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding student advisor. Such evidence should include the following:

  • Attitude: Demonstrating a professional attitude toward advisees through interpersonal skills and accessibility.
  • Influence: Positively influencing and monitoring student academic success and development and mentoring colleagues.
  • Contribution to the University community: Promoting new and innovative programs that promote student success and development.
  • Involvement: Demonstrating leadership, present or past, in a professional organization related to student development.
  • Professional Development: Pursuing professional development such as attendance or presentation at seminars and conferences, at OSU or elsewhere.

Nomination Process

Nominations shall include: (1) the completed nomination form; (2) the nominee's vita; (3) the nominee's position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; and (4) three letters of support: one shall be from a current or emeritus faculty member; one shall be from a current or former student; and the third may be from a student, faculty member, alumni, or other individual who can comment on the nominee's qualifications. Because the nominator completes the nomination form, the nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support. The letters of support each shall not exceed three single-sided pages using at least 12 font and 1" margins. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the three letters, address the criteria. Signatures on the letters and supporting documents must be included.

The original copy of the nomination form must be submitted to the Faculty Senate Office upon submission of the electronic copy; paper clip the original only – do not staple nor place it in a folder or binder. The nomination packet for the successful recipient becomes the property of University Archives and will not be returned to the nominator.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee with the immediate past chair of the Academic Advising Council or their designee. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information.

To assist nominators in preparing nomination materials, a sample nomination form may be viewed. This version is for viewing only; information may be entered only via the below nomination form.

Do not begin entering information on this electronic form unless you are ready to submit the nomination - the form CANNOT be saved and finished at a later time. Please send a hard copy of the original nomination materials to the Faculty Senate Office (instructions below) when the nomination is submitted electronically. Nominations will not be considered unless both the electronic version and hard copy original have been received by the Faculty Senate Office.

Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered; please include only requested information and refer to the guidelines when organizing nomination packets.

The requested electronic information on the linked nomination form and one original of each nomination for the OSU Academic Advising Award must be received by March 17, 2018. It is necessary to follow the instructions completely or the nomination will not be considered. Send the original nomination to: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall.