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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 plaque and a monetary award of $1,500. 

Criteria for Evaluation 

Nominations will be sought for individuals who provide outstanding academic advising services. The criteria used for evaluation are listed below. Nominees should excel in one or more areas. The criteria include: 

  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 


  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 

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: 

  1. Nominee information, including name and Ferris contact information 
  2. Nominator’s information, including name and contact information 
  3. A summary of the nominee’s qualifications describing the extent to which the nominee meets the award criteria 

Nominations should be sent electronically to [email protected]

The Secretary of the Academic Senate will follow up with nominees, providing them with a copy of the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, and requesting of them the following:

  1. A minimum of a one-page paper, not to exceed three pages, describing your academic advising philosophy, methods, challenges, and any accomplishments you deem noteworthy (required)
  2. Current vita or resume (required)
  3. Nomination letter or email
  4. Up to three additional recommendations from students, faculty, or administrators who are familiar with your work as an academic advisor will be accepted but they are not required. (optional). 


 The deadline to submit nominations is by 5 pm, Monday, February 13, 2023.