NACADA Region 4 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for academic advisors and administrators. Applications are due through the online submission portal. Scroll to the bottom for more detailed information about each award/scholarship. 

Nominations will close at 11:59 p.m. central Monday, November 2, 2020. 

  • Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Advising Programs
  • Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role
  • Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor
  • Region 4 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor
  • Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator
  • Region 4 Joyce C. Jackson Service Award


Excellence in Advising Awards are selected within each region. These awards recognize individuals who demonstrate qualities and practices that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Winners will receive complimentary registration to their region conference.

Region Awards committees review applications/nominations and winners will be announced in December or early January. The awards are presented at region conferences in the spring.


Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role  

Recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.

Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor

Recognizes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.  

Excellence in Advising – New Advisor

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.

Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator

Recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program for a minimum of 3 years in that role.. 


Several regions offer additional Excellence in Advising awards as well as scholarships and grants. – Please see below for more information.


Criteria: The Selection Committee will evaluate applications/nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to:

  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Professional practices
  • Documented success
  • Documented advisor development

Eligibility: Applicants/Nominees must be members of NACADA (except Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrators applicants) and may apply only in their own region.

  • Individuals may self-nominate.
  • Award recipients' early conference registration fee is covered by the region account and they will be recognized during the conference. Therefore, it is ideal if applicants have the support of their office/department/college in attending the region conference.
  • Applicants must have worked in the advising profession for a minimum of one year.

Submission is via the NACADA Awards online nomination system which includes the following documents, uploaded in PDF form:

  • Nomination/Application Letter: This letter should summarize the nominee/applicant’s qualifications and why the individual is being nominated for the award. This document should provide the evidence and specific examples that demonstrate excellent performance. Input from others is encouraged as the nomination letter is composed and may include quotes or comments from colleagues and students. The letter SHOULD NOT exceed three pages, single spaced.
  • Letters of Support: Include up to two additional letters of support. These letters may come from colleagues, employees, supervisors, or students - anyone who might augment the selection committee's understanding of the nominee. Letters SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced.
  • Nominee Resume or Curriculum Vita- Please limit entries to material that pertains directly to academic advising, presenting relevant information from the nominees overall resume/vita. Please include your current job with either a position description or a list of job responsibilities.
  • Personal Philosophy Statement (optional but encouraged)  Please provide a personal philosophy statement regarding their (nominees) approach to advising and/or advising administration. This document SHOULD NOT exceed two pages single spaced

All documents will be submitted in pdf format, including letters.

Region 4 Excellence in Advising - Advising Programs 

This category is for programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising services. 
Evidence of an outstanding program include, but is not limited to, the qualities listed below. In addition, program description, suitability for dissemination, and adherence to program guideline are key factors in selection.

1. Innovative Quality
2. Creativity
3. Institutional Commitment
4. Impact
5. Transferability

NOTE: Only one recipient from the program award winner's institution is eligible for a complimentary conference registration and membership, when funds are available.

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain factual or descriptive material including:

  1. An abstract describing the Program
  2. An original, publishable manuscript not more than 2,500 words in length, typewritten and double-spaced, and in the following format:
  • Institution description
  • Progarm development (how, when, and why the program was developed, including problems encountered, organizational concerns, budget, and other considerations)
  • Goals and objectives
  • Program description
  • Procedures used in program evaluation (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Results/outcome (impact on students and/or in the institution)
  • Potential for adaptation by other institutions

*Nominations must include only original documentation prepared specifically for the NACADA Region 4 Awards Program. Materials intended for other awards programs will not be considered.

Region 4 Joyce C. Jackson Service Award 

Joyce C. Jackson was a lifelong educator. For over 30 years, she taught all ages and levels of school.  She taught mathematics and Physical Education in grades 8-12. For the last 10 years of her life she taught mathematics at Costal Georgia Community College (formerly Brunswick College) and was actively involved in the academic advising and new student orientation program.

Joyce was not only loved, honored and respected for her outstanding teaching and academic advising, but she was also most highly respected for her volunteerism and service to others; she clearly defined volunteerism through her work on region and national conferences. Joyce did not mind being a behind the scenes volunteer, and she thrived on helping in every way she could. NACADA and Region 4 were a love of her life.

The Service Award is dedicated to Joyce in memorial of her love of NACADA, education, and her legacy of volunteerism in Region 4. The award is presented to a Region 4 NACADA member for volunteer service to Region 4 and NACADA. Nominees must be a current NACADA member and must have a history of involvement and membership in the organization.  

Submission Procedures:
Nominations must contain factual or descriptive material including:

  1. A supporting letter from the nominator providing evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to NACADA, Region 4, the profession of academic advising, leadership in the field of advising as well as related professional areas, and a commitment to the importance of academic advising at the regional level.
  2. Letters of support from the following categories, colleagues, staff, and students with a minimum of one letter from each category and a maximum of two, (a maximum of 6 (six) letters total).
  3. Additional materials that support candidate's nomination
Region 4 Mentoring Program

 Region 4 added a mentoring program during the 2018-2019 year. This program allows one-on-one interaction between an experienced academic advisor and an advisor just entering the field. Participants in the program will learn about NACADA, increase their professional development opportunities, and network with fellow advising colleagues. To learn more and to apply, see the Region 4 Mentoring Program page.