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Excellence in Academic Advising Award

Excellence in Academic Advising Award
The goal of the Excellence in Academic Advising Award is to recognize the importance of academic advising. Excellence in advising, like other areas of faculty responsibilities, should be recognized as a significant aspect of faculty roles and responsibilities.  The nominee must demonstrate excellence in student advising and exemplify the criteria below. The successful candidate will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $500. The awardee will also be honored at the annual Cortland Excels: Honoring Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service awards ceremony, highlighting excellence at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility
Tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty who carry a consistent academic advising caseload and have completed at least four semesters of academic advising at SUNY Cortland prior to the year of nomination are eligible. 

Criteria for Selection
In nomination and selection for this award, excellence in one or more of the following areas should be documented. 

Evidence of:
- Sensitivity to the varied needs of students as they develop academically and personally.
- Ability to assist students in recognizing their academic strengths and weaknesses and monitor student progress toward academic and career goals.
- Accurate communication of College policies and academic expectations.
- Excellence in understanding college and departmental requirements as reflected in the College Catalog and degree audit.
- Excellence in creating or utilizing advising structures and procedures.
- Knowledge of appropriate campus resources for referrals.
- Building strong relationships with advisees.
- Availability and providing sufficient time in meeting with students.
- Assistance and support to colleagues in the advisement process.

Process
Nominations for this award can arise from faculty, staff or students, and self-nominations are accepted.  The Committee on Academic Advising will serve as the selection committee.

  1. The names and departments of nominees should be sent to Abby Thomas, Advisement and Transition, Memorial Library, Room A-111 or submitted via email at abby.thomas@cortland.edu no later than February 14, 2014.
  2. Each nominee will be contacted to inquire whether he or she is interested in being considered. Materials from nominees (as listed below) are due March 14, 2014.

Documentation Required of Nominees

  1. Statement of academic advising practice and philosophy of no more than two pages, including supporting evidence that documents excellence in one or more of the criteria listed above. Evidence can include, but is not limited to: advising tools, assessments, communications, etc.
  2. Two letters of support; one from a Department Chair, Dean or colleague and one from a student.   
  3. Summary of advising caseload for four prior semesters.