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Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

This award seeks to recognize a faculty academic advisor who has proven to be an extraordinarily conscientious, supportive, and inspiring advisor/mentor to advisees.

Download the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award Nomination Form

An Outstanding Academic Advisor has significantly enhanced advisees’ educational experiences by being readily available for them and demonstrating a genuine interest in and concern for their overall educational experience. Recipients of this award are able to effectively teach advisees to process information, refine decision-making and problem-solving skills, take responsibility, and evaluate/enhance academic strengths/weaknesses. As well, outstanding advisors help advisees to utilize appropriate resources and understand their degree requirements and the context of their major as it relates to educational and professional opportunities. While the vast majority of students at SUNY Plattsburgh convey a high degree of satisfaction with their faculty academic advisors, the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award epitomizes the collective good of our faculty efforts on behalf of their advising responsibilities.

The recipient of this award will be recognized at the President’s Opening Breakfast in the fall (or other college-wide celebration or event) and receive a one-time, cash award and a certificate. As well, the award winner will have her/his nameplate added to a perpetual plaque displayed in the Feinberg Library Entrance.

A committee consisting of three faculty members appointed by the Provost’s designee from among previous award winners and/or other distinguished award winners, the Director of Academic Advising, and a student representative will review the nominations and recommend award winners. The Provost and Deans’ Cabinet will review the recommendations. The President will make the final award decision.


To be eligible to receive the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award the individual must have a minimum of three years of experience at SUNY Plattsburgh as a tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track (e.g., lecturer/10 month) teaching faculty position. Recipients may not have been a winner of the award within the past five (5) years.

Nomination Process

  1. A current or former advisee, department chair, dean, and/or a faculty/staff colleague may nominate an individual for the Outstanding Academic Advisor award. No self-nominations are accepted.
  2. Nomination files must be submitted to the Director of Academic Advising, FL 101, by May 1.
  3. Nomination files must include a completed Outstanding Academic Advisor Award Nomination form, a brief essay (details below), a letter of recommendation from the current or a former department chair or a dean, as well as letters from at least three current or former advisees. Other supportive documentation may be included.
  4. The brief nomination essay (1–2 pages suggested) should be thoughtful, well written, and addressed to the nominee’s abilities and attributes relative to his/her effectiveness as an advisor.

Criteria to be Considered in Selecting Award Winners

  • Number of years of advising service.
  • Number of advisees typically served.
  • Record of availability to advisees.
  • Evidence of effectiveness as an academic advisor and mentor to students.
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Record of participation in advisor development programs and groups.
  • Record of collaboration with colleagues and with relevant professional staff.
  • Evidence of initiative and creativity in meeting advisee needs and helping them to reach their full potential.
  • Evidence of leadership in helping fellow colleagues to become more effective advisors.

Note: Files should show evidence of some, but not necessarily all, of the above criteria.

Nomination Form

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