2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 University of Connecticut Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Awards.

The goal of these awards is to recognize the extraordinary contributions of undergraduate academic advisors in supporting academic success and student development at the University of Connecticut.

Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of qualities and practices that distinguish them as an outstanding academic advisor. Award winners will have demonstrated sustained excellence in undergraduate advising and will have made a significant impact on their undergraduate advisees’ intellectual development through sustained academic advising relationships.

Winners will receive professional development funding and a commemorative plaque.

Who is Eligible?

Nominees must be involved in the direct delivery of advising services as part of their job responsibilities to UConn undergraduate students. Two awards will be granted:

Faculty Advisors:  This award recognizes an individual whose primary responsibility is as a teaching and/or research faculty member but who spends a portion of their time providing academic advising and mentoring to undergraduate students.

Professional Advisors: This award recognizes an individual, typically a staff member, whose primary responsibilities involve undergraduate academic advising.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations will be sought from undergraduate students
  • Once nominations have been collected, nominees will be notified and asked to submit the following:
    • Nominee’s personal philosophy on advising (1-2 paragraphs)
    • Testimonials which speak directly to the specific criteria outlined below. NOTE: Testimonials are not mandatory, but are recommended for adding additional support for each nominee.
      • Testimonials can come from:
        • current or past undergraduate advisees, not including the nominating student
        • current University of Connecticut colleagues
        • past or present supervisors

Criteria

Advisors will have significantly enhanced advisees’ educational experiences by being readily available to them, having knowledge of the University’s policies and resources as they pertain to advising, and having demonstrated a genuine interest in and concern for their advisees’ overall educational experience.

  • Accessibility: Advisors will have demonstrated a willingness to be available and accessible to advisees, allowing for frequent contact and being proactive in their engagement with advisees.
  • Knowledge: Advisors will have demonstrated a good understanding of and support for UConn’s policies to support student success, appropriately referring their advisees to support services and other resources on campus, and effectively collaborating with University partners to support student success.
  • Support: Advisors will have strong interpersonal skills, demonstrating a genuine concern for their advisee’s progress and success, using initiative and creativity to support their advisees in reaching their full potential, and working with their advisee’s to achieve their personal and career goals.

Timeline

Monday, February 22 Call for student nominations
Monday, March 8 Nominations close
Tuesday, March 9 Nominees notified
Monday, April 5 Nominees’ submissions due
Monday, April 12 Committee meets to review nominee submissions
Tuesday, April 13 Nominees notified of decisions
Friday, April 16 Both 2020 and 2021 Award winners and nominees acknowledged at April Undergraduate Council Meeting

Committee membership

The committee will comprise undergraduate students, staff and faculty, including at least one member of the University’s senior leadership team.