By highlighting examples of outstanding advising, the awards help to demonstrate the efforts advisors make in providing excellent service and helping students achieve academic success. The recipients and nominees are outstanding role models for all advisors at the university. The annual nomination process and announcement of winners also help to increase the visibility of how professional advisors contribute to student success and to the mission of the university.
Two academic advisors at Ohio State will be selected each year to receive a certificate and a monetary gift presented by ACADAOS and the Office of Academic Affairs. The nominees and recipients are announced and honored at an annual ACADAOS banquet.
Nominees must be current Ohio State employees holding at least 75% of a full-time appointment whose primary role is the delivery of advising services to students (faculty advisors are not eligible for this award). Nominees are not required to be ACADAOS members. Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be nominated again. Previous winners may be re-nominated after five years with additional noted achievements.
The Selection Committee, formed from within the executive board and membership of ACADAOS, will evaluate nominations on the evidence of exceptional advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Award recipients will be selected on the basis of how the following criteria and characteristics are demonstrated in the nomination packets:
Contribution & Service
- Contributing to the betterment of their community through exceptional service, leadership, and accomplishments.
- Positively and significantly influencing student academic success, or otherwise expanding opportunities for students to maximize their educational experience
- Participating actively in professional organizations to share knowledge and enhance the quality of advising
Advocacy & Collaboration
- Fostering a supportive environment for students, creating support for student success in individual or systematic ways, and advocating for the needs of students
- Developing and enhancing relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders
- Demonstrating a commitment to the improvement of advising at the university through ongoing training, feedback, and collaboration with supervisors/supervisees, mentees, colleagues, and other stakeholders
Initiative & Attitude
- Enhancing the quality of advising and work life with a positive attitude and ready availability for students and colleagues
- Demonstrating an ongoing willingness to go above and beyond the minimum in service to students and the university, consistently surpassing expectations for students and colleagues
- Approaching problems or challenges with a readiness to seek creative and innovative solutions
Nominations of advisors in every stage of their career are welcome. For advisors with a significant length of service, nominators should be sure to include specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in the award criteria, in addition to the cumulative impact of their career. For advisors who are newer to the profession, nominators should be sure to highlight how the nominee has made a significant impact in what may be a relatively short amount of time. Any previous nominations, awards, or other forms of recognition may also be included in the letters of support.
Consider highlighting some of the areas covered in the NACADA Advisor Award Criteria as you write your nomination.
How it Works
Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, and students (including past/present advisees). Self-nominations are also welcome.
Nomination packets must include at least three and up to five supporting letters or student recommendation forms. In order for a nomination packet to be considered complete, it must include:
- Outstanding Advisor Nomination Form. This form should be completed by the nominator.
Letter from the nominator. The letter should address all three award criteria — Contribution & Service, Advocacy & Collaboration, and Initiative & Attitude — but can do so in any format or order.
- Current resume for the nominee. The resume should include details about job responsibilities, initiatives, skills, professional development activities, and other contributions to the community.
One Student Recommendation Form. At least one student recommendation form needs to be completed by a current or former advisee.
One to three additional letters or student recommendation forms. These could be additional student recommendation forms from current or former students, or letters of support from alumni, peers, supervisors, community members, parents, or other stakeholders who have personal knowledge of the nominee’s performance as an academic advisor.Historically, the strongest nomination packets include support from a variety of different perspectives and have included both student and faculty/staff contributions.
Nominators and other contributors should be aware that the letters and student recommendation forms are not confidential. The Outstanding Advisor Award is a way to acknowledge and celebrate the work of advisors at Ohio State, and excerpts from the nomination packets will be shared with the greater advising community. Nominees will also receive a copy of the complete nomination packet after the award recipients have been announced each year.
Nomination Deadline: Deadline for 2017-2018 has passed. Check back in early 2019 for 2018-2019.
Announcement of Nominees and Recipients
After complete nomination packets have been received, ACADAOS will contact nominees to congratulate them on their nomination. The nominees are announced and honored at an annual ACADAOS banquet. Selections from the letters of support and student recommendation forms are read at the banquet, to celebrate the outstanding work of each nominee.
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