Undergraduate Academic Advisor Awards
Established in September 2005, these awards recognize Temple University undergraduate academic advisors and advising administrators. Every year one professional advisor, advising administrator, faculty advisor, and beginning in 2008, a new advisor is honored for their demonstrated excellence advising undergraduate students. Starting in 2020, a new Michele O'Connor Service Award will honor a member of the Temple community who provides extraordinary support to advancing and significantly impacting advising mission and goals.
Recipients receive an engraved plaque and a monetary gift of $1,000. Their names will also be added to a perpetual plaque displayed in Conwell 500.
Recipients of the advising awards can be Temple's nominees for NACADA's corresponding Advisor Awards. The awards are presented at the annual Advisor Professional Development Workshop in late April or early May.
Eligibility for 2020–2021:
Faculty Advisor: Any tenured, tenure-track or non-tenured track faculty member who assists undergraduate students in the faculty member's school and/or department to make decisions that affect their academic progress at the University through personal guidance, interpretation of University and College/School policies and guidelines, and an analysis of the student's records.
Outstanding New Advisor: Any benefits-eligible employee of Temple University whose primary role is to serve as an academic advisor and has been in the position for two (2) or fewer years. Primary job responsibilities include assisting undergraduate students in making decisions that affect the students' academic progress at the University through personal guidance, interpretation of University and College/School policies and guidelines, and an analysis of students' records.
Outstanding Professional Advisor: Any benefits-eligible employee of Temple University who has been advising undergraduates for 3 or more years and whose current primary job responsibilities includes assisting undergraduate students in making decisions that affect their academic progress at the University through personal guidance, interpretation of University and College/School policies and guidelines, and an analysis of students' records.
Academic Advising Administrator: Any benefits-eligible employee of Temple University who has been in his/her advising administrator position (e.g., Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director, Supervisor, etc.) for three years or more and whose primary job responsibilities include supervising professional academic advisors and assisting undergraduate students in making decisions that affect students' academic progress at the University through personal guidance, interpretation of University and College/School policies and guidelines, and an analysis of students' records.
Nominees for the Faculty Advisor, Outstanding Professional Advisor, and the Academic Advising Administrator are expected to meet the following criteria:
- Must be in current position for at least three years
- Has not been a winner of the award within the past five (5) years
- Effective and continuous advising of undergraduate students
- Has demonstrated a caring and nurturing attitude towards advisees
- Exemplary interpersonal skills
- Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
- Participation in advisor development programs and groups
- Has made a significant contribution to the quality of the academic advising unit, school/college and/or department
- Inspires fellow colleagues and advisees to reach their full potential
- Evidence of working in an academic advising program that supports NACADA's Core Values.
Nominees for the Outstanding New Advisor Award are expected to also demonstrate the above criteria, however, they have been in the position two (2) or fewer years, calculated from the deadline of submission.
The Michele O’Connor Advising Service Award: The Michele O’Connor Advising Service Award was created in Fall 2020 to recognize a member of the Temple community who, through an exceptional contribution to undergraduate Academic Advising has enriched the experience for students. A reflection of the dedication, service and leadership Michele O’Connor displayed during her tenure at Temple University, this annual award recognizes individuals like Michele who have provided extraordinary support to advancing and significantly impacting Advising mission and goals.
Nominees for the Michele O’Connor Advising Service Award are expected to meet the following criteria:
- Must be in current position for at least two years.
- Has not been a winner of the award within the past five (5) years.
- Demonstrates a high level of service and effort to improve advising and/or enriching the undergraduate advising experience.
- Evidence of a caring and nurturing attitude towards undergraduate students and the advising community, as reflected in service efforts designed to have a significant impact on individuals, programs, and/or campus operations.
The Outstanding Advising Program Award will recognize one college specific or cross-departmental program that documents innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising services.
Examples include but not limited to programs involving the administration and organization of advising, advising models, advisor training, uses of technology, advisor evaluation, program evaluation, programs serving specific populations: adult learners, at-risk students, undecided students, student athletes, and graduate students.
- The program must have been operational for three or more years (time frame may include pilot period). Data to substantiate program effectiveness must be included with the submission. Programs lacking data to substantiate at least three years of program effectiveness will not be evaluated.
- Previous Program Award Winners or Certificates of Merit recipients are eligible ONLY if three years have elapsed since their selection and the program has been significantly modified or altered.
Evidence of an outstanding program will include (but not limited to), the qualities listed below. In addition, program description, suitability for dissemination, and adherence to program guidelines are key factors in selection.
- Innovative Quality — Represents new approaches to effective academic advising. If a program has been implemented elsewhere but is new to an institution, it is eligible.
- Creativity — Demonstrates creative use of resources (human, fiscal, and physical) in the delivery of academic advising services.
- Currency — Addresses current problems and issues in academic advising.
- Institutional Commitment — Demonstrating commitment to advising throughout the institution.
- Impact — Providing definitive evidence of positive student and/or institutional outcomes.
- Transferability — Applicable to a wide variety of college/departments.
Deadline for nominations for 2020–2021 awards: March 5, 2021.
Any student, staff administrator, or faculty member can nominate for the award. Self-nominations will be accepted.
- Nominations must include nominee's full name, department/school/college, office address, email address, and awards category.
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- Submit nominations using the forms below
All nominees will receive a letter of congratulations from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies by: March 9, 2021.
The letter will include an explanation of next steps, including information on accepting the nomination. This year, File Invite will be used to collect all documents from the nominees and the recommendation letters. Directions on how to use the system will be provided.
The Selection Committee includes the award recipients from a previous year. Individuals on the Selection Committee cannot provide supporting documentation to the nominees.
Deadline for submission of nominees' final packets: April 6, 2021 (Noon)
For questions, please contact Michael Lawlor, Office of Undergraduate Studies, email@example.com
Outstanding New Advisor: Jessica McLaughlin, College of Science and Technology
Outstanding Professional Advisor: Keith Schweiger, Senior Advisor, College of Science and Technology
Outstanding Advising Administrator: Erin Spiotta, Assistant Director, College of Science and Technology
Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Joel Sheffield, Professor of Biology, College of Science and Technology
Outstanding Advising Program: Advisor Development Program, Amanda Neuber, Director, University Honors Program
Outstanding New Advisor: Roseilyn Guzman, Academic Advisor I, University Honors Program
Outstanding Professional Advisor: Abby H. Cohen, Senior Advisor, College of Science and Technology
Outstanding Advising Administrator: Tom Price, Director of Advising, College of Science and Technology
Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Danielle K. Scherer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director of Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts
NACADA Global 2020 Awards:
Outstanding Advising Administrator Award – Certificate of Merit: Janet Distel
Advising Communities Division Service Award: Gavin Farber
NACADA 2020 Mid-Atlantic Region 2 Awards
Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator: Janet Distel
Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role: Joanne Garfield
Daniel W. Berman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Outstanding Professional Advisor: Joanne Garfield, Sr. Academic Advisor
Outstanding Advising Program: Tracy L. Malz, Academic Advisor II
Outstanding Advising Administrator: Janet Distel, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs
Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Joshua Pongan, Instructor College of Liberal Arts: Spanish and Portuguese
Norihisa Shimada, Director for Academic Advising
Bruce Stronach, Dean, Temple University, Japan Campus
Outstanding New Advisor: Shota Fujii, Academic Advisor
George W. Miller III, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
NACADA 2019 Mid-Atlantic Region 2 Awards
Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role: Jaclyn Graves
Outstanding Contribution and Scholarship: Gavin Farber
Faculty Advisor: Thomas Wright, Klein College of Media and Communication
Outstanding New Advisor: Jordan Greenwood, Center for Performing/Cinematic Arts
Professional Advisor: Jackie Graves, University Honors Program
NACADA 2018 Mid-Atlantic Region 2 Awards
Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role: Gavin Farber
Faculty Advisor: Jack Klotz, Jr, Klein College of Media and Communication
Outstanding New Advisor: Seth Finck, University Honors Program
Professional Advisor: Kristy Haar, College of Science and Technology
Advising Administrator: Chris Wolfgang, College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Advisor: Professor Patricia Moore-Martinez, College of Liberal Arts
Outstanding New Advisor: Zach Martin, University Honors Program
Professional Advisor: Gavin Farber, Fox School of Business and Management
Advising Administrator: Melinda Finley, Assistant Director College of Science and Technology
Leanna R. Arnold, The Academic Resource Center: University Studies, selected as the NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Award Winner in the Primary Advisign Role category.
Faculty Advisor: Gabriel Wettach, College of Liberal Arts
Outstanding New Advisor: Leanna R. Arnold, The Academic Resource Center: University Studies
Professional Advisor: Kimberly Buck-Speck, Pre-Professional Health Studies
Advising Administrator Lifetime Achievement: Bonnie S. Frumer, University College: Curriculum and Planning
Faculty Advisor: Professor Cynthia Belliveau, College of Education, P.O.L.S.
Outstanding New Advisor: A. Musu Davis, University Honors Program
Professional Advisor: Stephanie Ballard, College of Science and Technology
Advising Administrator: Anar P. Khandvala, Associate Director College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Advisor: Nannette Vliet, Instructor, Curriculum Coordinator, College of Health Professions and Social Work
Outstanding New Advisor: Stephanie Graves, Academic Advisor II, Fox School of Business and Management
Professional Advisor: Brad Pearson, Senior Advisor, Honors
Stephanie Graves, Academic Advisor II, Fox School of Business and Management selected as the NACADA Region 2 Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the New Advisor Category.
Brad Pearson, Senior Advisor, Honors selected as the NACADA Region 2 Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Advising Primaray Role category.
Faculty Advisor: Dani Moffit, Assistant Professor, College of Health Professions and Social Work
Outstanding New Advisor: Keesa Bond, College of Liberal Arts
Professional Advisor: Lindsay Arnold, Senior Advisor, College of Health Professions and Social Work
Advising Administrator: Norihisa Shimada, Director, Academic Advising Center, Temple University Japan
Faculty Advisor: Jonathan Kline, Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Outstanding New Advisor: Rashidah N. Andrews, College of Liberal Arts
Recipient of the 2012 NACADA Region 2 Excellence in Advising Award for Outstanding New Advisor. This award recognizes qualities associated with excellence as a new academic advisor in the region.
Professional Advisor: Janine C. Warnas, Senior Advisor, Academic Advising & Career Development, Ambler Campus
Advising Administrator: Matthew Campbell, Director, Office of Student Services, College of Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor: Scott Gratson, Associate Professor, Director of SCT Communications Program and Undergraduate Studies
Professional Advisor: Mark Rohland, Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has selected Mark as 2011 Region 2 Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Academic Advisor – Primary Role category. This award recognizes Marks’s demonstrated abilities as an advisor in the region. NACADA will present this award to Mark during the Region 2 Conference in April.
Advising Administrator: Helen H. Robinson, Director, Center for Undergraduate Advising, Fox School of Business and Management
Outstanding New Advisor: Tracy L. Malz, Academic Advisor, The Division of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty Advisor: Dennis O. Terry, Jr. , College of Science and Technology, Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Professional Advisor: Shannon J. O’Brien, Academic Resource Center
Advising Administrator: Patricia Louison, College of Education
Outstanding New Advisor: Ana Adinolfi, University Honors Program
Faculty Advisor: Jayne K. Drake, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts
Professional Advisor: Jennifer J. Thiel, Assistant Director, School of Tourism and Hospitality
Academic Advising Administrator: Susan McCaffrey, Assistant Director, Academic Services, Ambler Campus
Outstanding New Advisor: Amanda Neuber, Associate Director, Honors Program
NACADA National Awards Program for Academic Advising selected Amanda Neuber, Associate Director, University Honors Program at Temple University for an Outstanding New Advisor Award in the Academic Advising-Primary Role category. Amanda is one of eight academic advisors honored with this award in this category in the nation-wide competition this year. Amanda was the recipient of Temple’s Outstanding New Advisor Award in 2007-08.
Professional Advisor: Charles M. Allen, MEd, Associate Director, Honors Program, Fox School of Business and Management
Academic Advising Administrator: Karen Sofranko, PhD, Director, Academic Resources Center
Faculty Advisor: Paul Crowe, PhD, Department of Philosophy
Professional Advisor: Kristen diNovi, MS, Academic Resource Center
Academic Advising Administrator: Ruth Ost, PhD, University Honors