The President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement
The President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement will be presented annually to a maximum of four faculty or staff who have been determined to demonstrate those qualities associated with outstanding academic advisement of students. A maximum of three advisors will be recommended from departmental advisors and a maximum of one advisor will be recommended from uncommitted student advisors each year. Good advising - like good teaching, publication, and research - needs to be recognized as a significant aspect of faculty responsibility. A major goal related to the establishment of these awards is to encourage wider support and recognition of the importance of academic advising at Buffalo State College.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:
Evaluation of nominees will be based on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish each nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Individuals nominated must have been full-time faculty or staff members and engaged in advisement activities at Buffalo State College for a minimum of two academic years prior to nomination.
- Demonstration of a caring attitude toward advisees and behavior designed to build a strong relationship with advisees.
- Availability to advisees and frequency of contact with advisees.
- Ability to engage in developmental advising and monitoring of student progress towards academic, career, and life goals.
- Mastery of institutional and departmental regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Assistance and support provided to colleagues in the advisement process.
- Use of appropriate information sources and referral sources.
- Attendance at and support of advisor development program.
- Perception by advisees, colleagues, and supervisors of nominee’s advising skills.
NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague, department, student, or other member of the college community. A selection committee of three faculty (one from each dean’s area), one librarian, one professional staff, and two students selected by the provost and vice president for academic affairs will recruit and screen nominees and make recommendations to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Nominators will submit to the committee:
- Nomination form
- Letter of nomination detailing (a) the subjective and/or objective criteria and measurements used to determine that this advisor is eligible for this award; (b) the specific characteristics that qualify this advisor for the award and examples of how these characteristics are demonstrated; and (c) the contributions made to the campus advisory program as well as to individual students’ growth and development.
- Letters of support from colleagues (maximum of three).
- Evaluative statement from chairperson or supervisor.
- Comments and evaluations from student advisees.
- Current vita.