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Outstanding Professional Advisor of the Year Award

The Professional Advisor of the Year Award is given to recognize and emphasize excellence in academic advising. Anyone affiliated with the University (i.e. deans, dept heads, faculty, professional or classified employees or students) may nominate a professional advisor to receive this award. The winner will be recognized at the annual USU Robins Awards Banquet and receive a $500 cash award.


The selection committee will consider any USU Professional Academic Advisor who has not previously won this award within the past seven years. They will evaluate nominations based on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices distinguishing the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Strong interpersonal skills
  2. Availability to advisees, faculty or staff
  3. Use and dissemination of appropriate information sources
  4. Advisee or unit evaluations (summary data)
  5. Meeting advisees in informal settings
  6. Monitoring of student progress toward academic/career goals
  7. Mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
  8. Ability to engage in, promote and support developmental advising
  9. Frequency of contact with advisees
  10. Appropriate referral activity
  11. Evidence of student success rate by advisor or department
  12. Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff
  13. Participation and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees
  14. Participation in and support of advisor development programs
  15. Perception by colleagues of nominee's advising skills