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The Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Award

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Award. The award recognizes outstanding advising and mentoring provided by faculty and professional advisers at WVU.

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About the Award

Up to four recipients may receive the award each academic year in honor of Dr. Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent and exemplar of undergraduate advising at WVU.

Awards in the amount of $1,250 will be deposited into a state account administered by the recipient’s department or unit. Funds may be used for professional development purposes only.

Award Categories

Professional Adviser – A professional staff member with a significant role, at least 50 percent of his/her time, in the direct delivery of academic advising services to undergraduates.

Faculty Adviser – A faculty member who spends a portion of his/her time, at least 15 percent, providing direct delivery of academic advising services to undergraduates.

Award Eligibility

Faculty and professional advisers at any of West Virginia University’s campuses for whom undergraduate academic advising meets one of the aforementioned definitions are eligible for nomination. A recipient may receive the award once in a four-year period.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by WVU faculty, staff or students. The nominee is responsible for collecting and submitting all required materials. The nominator should consult with the nominee before submitting the nomination. Please do not submit a nomination anonymously.

Each nomination must be supported by objective data, including factual and narrative material, which defines the extent to which the nominee meets the award criteria.

Submission Requirements

The following items are required to submit a nomination:

  1. A nomination form submitted by a student, colleague or supervisor.
  2. A survey completed by the supervisor identifying the nominee’s role in advising, student success and his/her contribution to WVU’s advising mission. This survey will be emailed to the supervisor once the online nomination form is submitted.
  3. The nominee’s resume/CV.
  4. A narrative from the nominee discussing his/her most meaningful advising experience. The narrative should characterize the experience, the outcome(s) and what was learned from the experience.

These documents must be submitted no later than March 10, 2017, for the 2016-17 academic year.

Note: The nomination form is an online submission.

Selection Process

The selection committee, composed of members of the WVU Academic Advising Council, will review all nominations. If additional information is requested, the nominee will be invited to interview with the committee.

Upon review of the nomination and supporting documentation, the Assessment and Recognition Committee will submit a recommendation to the Academic Advising Council and the Office of the Provost in late March.

Awards will be presented to recipients at the WVU Faculty and Staff Awards recognition ceremony in April. Recipients are encouraged to attend the recognition ceremony.

Recipients must comply with institution and state policies regulating the expenditure of centrally allocated funds.

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