REGION 5 AWARDS & GRANTS PROGRAMS
 

NACADA Region 5 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/grant. 

Applications will be open August 3, 2020 - November 1, 2020

  • Excellence in Advising - Primary Role
  • Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor
  • Excellence in Advising - New Advisor
  • Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator
  • Service to Region 5 Award
  • Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award

Submission Instructions

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL

  1. Enter a simple password.
  2. Select your Region.
  3. Select the award or scholarship from the drop down box.
  4. RECORD and save your Award/Scholarship Nomination Number and your password.
    *This step is extremely important so that you may leave the portal and return as needed as long as you have this information and have not hit the SUBMIT button.
  5. Upload all documents in pdf form.
  6. Once you are satisfied with your nomination and all documents have been uploaded, click the SUBMIT button.
REGION EXCELLENCE IN ADVISING AWARDS
 

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.

Submission timeline: August 3 - November 1 each year

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.

Categories:

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.

Service to Region 5 Award
 
  1. Any individual who is currently a member of Region 5 of NACADA and has a history of involvement in our region.
  2. Current members of the Region 5 Steering Committee are not eligible for consideration for this award.  After the member’s term of office is over, s/he may then be eligible for consideration.
  3. Previous Service to Region 5 Award winners are not eligible.

Submission Procedures:

Nominations must contain adequate factual or narrative material that describes the extent to which an individual meets the awards criteria. Include the following items listed below. Use of objective data to support the nomination is encouraged.

  1. Nomination Letter - this letter should provide evidence that the candidate has made significant contributions to the NACADA Region 5 and 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 a regional level.
  2. Letters of Support - You may 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.
  3. 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.

Award: 
The winners of this award will be recognized at the NACADA Annual Conference Region 5 meeting. The winner will receive a complementary registration to the NACADA Region 5 Conference and receive a certificate to commemorate their award.

Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award
 

The purpose of this award is to support an advising professional (i.e., advisor, faculty advisor, or advising administrator) or advising team who has creatively improved advising practices at their institution by successfully proposing and executing an “outside-of-the-box” innovative advising strategy. Because advising organizational structures, advising technologies, processes/policies/systems, and student needs constantly change, Region 5 acknowledges the importance for advising professionals to think of and experiment with new ways of doing business to improve advising effectiveness, advising efficiency, and student success. Both unit-specific innovations and institutional-wide advising innovations will be considered equally for this award to encourage advising professionals at all levels to apply. This award may recognize innovative advising programs, models, approaches, initiatives, research, assessment, training, and/or technology. 

Submissions can be made by an individual or a team and is via the NACADA Awards online nomination system. If you are completing an individual submission, you must be a current NACADA member at the time of applying (learn how to become a member here: https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Member-Services/Become-a-Member.aspx). If you are completing a submission on behalf of a team, provide the names of all your team members. For submissions involving more than two (2) team members, clearly identify the two main contributors as our Region can only award up to two complimentary registrations to the NACADA Region 5 Regional Conference on behalf of an entire team. At least one of the two main contributors must be a current NACADA member at the time submission.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Advising innovation must be implemented for at least 1 year at time of submission (may include pilot period)
  • Clear evidence of effectiveness is required

Additional Submission Requirements (uploaded in PDF format):

  • Statement (2 pages maximum) which includes:
    • Name(s) and institution
    • Rationale for innovation (why, how, and when did the innovation occur?)
    • Description of innovation (what did the innovation consist of?)
    • Description of the problems/issues the innovation was intended to fix/improve
       
  • Evidence and Results (1 page maximum) which includes:
    • Demonstrated success of innovation in terms of improving advising effectiveness, advising efficiency, and/or student success (when possible, please include any data, before/after comparisons, etc.)
    • Impact of innovation on students, advisors, and/or institution