Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award – This award recognizes an academic advisor who has demonstrated excellence in such areas as providing superior service to students and/or developing innovative advising strategies and tools. Recipients will receive a trophy and a monetary award of $1,500.


  1. Candidates must be Ferris employees and have a minimum of two years of advising experience at Ferris State University.
  2. All faculty and staff members at all Ferris campuses are eligible for consideration.
  3. Faculty and staff members who have received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award are eligible only upon the expiration of the fifth year after their award

Criteria for Evaluation

Nominees will be evaluated based on the significance of his/her contributions in these areas:

  1. A positive and committed attitude toward students
  2. Years of academic advising service at Ferris
  3. Knowledge of university policies, procedures, and requirements
  4. Development of innovative advising strategies and tools
  5. Use of appropriate information resources and referrals
  6. Attendance at advisor training sessions, symposiums, or conferences
  7. Effective mentoring of student advisees
  8. Demonstration of effective interpersonal skills
  9. Other areas deemed relative to effective advising; for example, demonstrated success and retention effort

Nomination Process

Any individual may nominate someone for an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, including, but not limited to, staff, faculty, students, alumni, and parents of students. Nominators should provide:

  • Nominee information, including name and Ferris contact information
  • Nominator's information, including name and contact information
  • A summary of the nominee's qualifications describing the extent to which the nominee meets the award criteria

All nominations must be sent to [email protected]. Please include the subject line “Outstanding Academic Advisor Award” in your email. You will receive a confirmation email indicating that the nomination was received. Please submit a separate nomination for each nominee.

Nominees will be contacted to submit the following:

  • A minimum of a one-page paper, not to exceed three pages, describing the nominee’s academic advising philosophy, methods, challenges, and any accomplishments deemed noteworthy (required);
  • Current vita or resume (required);
  • Up to three additional recommendations from students, faculty, or administrators who are familiar with nominee’s work as an academic advisor will be accepted but they are not required. (optional).


Nomination submissions were due by 5 PM (EDT) on Friday, February 7, 2020.