Global Awards Program

Our awards are designed to honor individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising within higher education around the world. This differs from our Regional Awards Program in scope. The Global Awards Program goals are to:

  • Recognize outstanding advising throughout higher education
  • Offer a global advising rewards system 
  • Encourage wider support of advising personnel and programs
  • Ultimately improve advising services for students

2019-20 Awards Calendar

Submit a Nomination

Open Date


Due Date


Virginia Gordon Award
Bobbie Flaherty Service to NACADA Award
Michael C. Holen Pacesetter Award
Excellence in Scholarly Inquiry 
NACADA Scholarship
Outstanding Advisor - Primary 
Outstanding Advisor - Faculty
Outstanding New Advisor
Outstanding New Faculty Advisor
Outstanding Advising Administrator
Outstanding Advising Program
Student Research Awards
Grad Student Annual Conference Scholarships
New Advisor Annual Conference Scholarships

March 10, 2020
Midnight CST


Leigh Shaffer Award
Summer Institute Scholarships
International Conference Scholarships

April 19, 2020
Midnight CST

How to submit an application/nomination

Please visit Submission Instructions to begin your application.

*Reminder - institutions are only allowed one nominee in each of the major award categories. This does not apply to most scholarships unless specified in the criteria. 

Awards Presentations
  • The Global Awards are presented at an invitation only ceremony at the NACADA Annual Conference held each fall in varying locations. 
  • The selection committee reserves the right to make no awards in a certain category.
Preparing a Quality Application/Nomination
Get Involved

We welcome involvement in the awards process and there are multiple ways to volunteer.  Visit the Awards Committee for more information on how Global Awards are administered.


Content Program Coordinator, Dawn Krause, can help by Email or 785-532-0632.

Get Involved

Be a Reader!

At key times of the year, ~300 members are needed to provide peer reviews of nominations and applications for all of our Global Awards and Scholarships. 

The most readers are needed in March/April of each year. If you are interested in helping review the work of your peers, please complete this form.

Time Commitment 
Reviewing is done online at your convenience. The time to read and score nominations varies based on the volunteer's level of expertise and past experience with our process. If you reviewed for any conference programs or regional awards, then you will be quicker. 

For new volunteers, dedicating 35-45 minutes to each application/ nomination package is adequate. We assign no more than 8 nominations to a reviewer. Instructions are provided, as well as scoring rubrics and criteria.  

Questions? Email Dawn Krause