Students and staff are encouraged to nominate advisors to be considered by the Provost’s Committee on Advising by Friday, April 29. The awards recognize the contributions made by outstanding academic advisors.

Both new and experienced advisors are eligible for awards. Recipients in the two categories will receive a plaque and $500. Nominees will be notified by letter by May 13. Awardees will be announced during the Bi-annual Academic Advising Institute in May.

Current and full-time UNM staff advisors may be nominated. Advising must be the primary role of a staff member’s duties. Self-nominations will not be accepted as we encourage nominations from students and peers.

Nominators take on the responsibility of putting together a complete online nomination packet. All materials are submitted online.

One staff award will be given within each of the award categories.

Criteria for all awards
The Selection Committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor.

Such evidence may include:

  • Staff whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees or staff
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees and staff
  • Advising that builds strong relationships with advisees
  • Ability to engage in, promote, and support different advising theories and methods
  • Participation in advisor development programs. (Ex: UNM Advisor Institutes and Advisor Network Meetings)
  • Perception of colleagues and/or students of nominee's advising skills

Excellence in Advising Award
This award is presented to seasoned advisors who demonstrate commitment to students’ success by encouraging them to overcome challenges, hurdles, transitions, and maximize opportunities relative to the students’ educational plans, career, and life goals. Individuals must have served as an academic advisor at least three years.

Nominators should consider individuals who:

  • Implement advising principles that promote student success
  • Demonstrate mastery of institutional and/or departmental regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Are student-centered and accessible to students
  • Establish a strong rapport with students
  • Possess an ability to discern student needs
  • Adapt advising strategies to fit individual student needs
  • Develop relationships with colleagues to facilitate holistic approaches to student academic progress

Outstanding New Advisor Award
This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and reflect achievement, involvement, and potential of emerging academic advisement professionals. Individuals must have served as an academic advisor for less than 2 years.

Nominators should consider individuals who:

  • Develop a strong rapport with their student population in a timely manner
  • Become a part of the advising community through committees, networking, and/or being a resource to others
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for higher education and student success
  • Bring fresh ideas to the department or unit

General Elibigility
Any UNM employee serving as an academic advisor from any campus, college, or department is eligible for these awards, given the following guidelines:

  • Must have completed their employee probationary period
  • Must not be Directors of Advisement centers and members of the PCA
  • Must not have won the same award previously
  • Must not have won any of the PCA awards within the last 3 years