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Northern Kentucky University’s Outstanding Academic Advising Awards are sponsored by the Academic Advising Council. The awards are designed to honor individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of academic advising in service of NKU students.

Categories: Outstanding Advisor Awards will be awarded annually in the following two categories:       

Advising Primary Role - Faculty or staff whose primary responsibility is the direct delivery of academic advising to students.

Advising Secondary Role - Faculty, staff or administrators who provide academic advising regularly, but their primary role is something other than the direct delivery of advising to students.

Eligibility: All current, fulltime NKU faculty, staff, or administrors with at least three years of undergraduate advising experience who work in either of the above categories are eligible for nomination. Past winners of these awards are eligible to win again.

Awards: Plaque, and monetary gift to be determined

Criteria: Nominees will be judged on evidence that the advising they deliver to students exhibits the following:

  • Maximizes availability to students in formal and informal settings;
  • Bulids positive student learning relationships based on trust and respect;
  • Demonstrates concern for the welfare of students by being a strong advocate; 
  • Encourages and helps student to become self-directed;
  • Assists students in setting realistic educational, career, and life goals;
  • Assists students in continual monitoring and evaluation of their educational progress;
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of institutional policies, advising technologies, university policies, procedures, and academic requirements;
  • Utilizes creative problem solving and initiative to develop innovative approaches to individual and institutional changes;
  • Views academic advising as an integral part of the learning process.
Selection Process

1. Once a nomination is submitted, the nominee's direct supervisor or department chair will be notified of the nomination.

If the nominee's supervisor or department chair supports the nomination, further action will be taken.

If the nominee's supervisor or department chair does not support the nomination, no further action will be taken.

2. The nominee will be contacted and informed that he/she is an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award finalist. He/she will be asked to complete the Oustanding Nominee Form.
3. The Executive Advising Council will review Nominee Forms and select finalists.
4. The Executive Advising Council will put forward one advisor in a primary role and one advisor in a secondary role to receive the award.

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