University seeks nominations for President’s Award

Students nominate academic advisors for award

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The Office of the Provost is encouraging students to nominate full-time, regular faculty members for the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Advising, which honors faculty in their role as academic advisors.

The nomination form for this award is open from Oct. 23 to Nov. 6 and is available on CORE. Many factors are considered for the nomination, including faculty commitment to academic advising as an element in student success and its effect on individual student’s lives, according to the president’s awards webpage on the SRU website.

“If your advisor is outstanding in communicating, helping you excel and guiding you in your major, program or career choice, please nominate them for this award,” Brady Karg, graduate assistant for the office of the provost, said.

The award was created in 2014 to honor “extraordinary faculty” in their role as academic advisors, according to the webpage. Faculty members are nominated by undergraduate and graduate students. The finalists of the award will be invited to submit additional supporting information.

Students will rate the selected advisor on a selection of specific criteria and provide a brief description of how the advisor has contributed to their success at SRU. Although it is not required, multiple nominations for a given faculty member may be helpful, the webpage said.

“Effective academic advising is important for student success,” Karg said. “This award honors advisors who are dedicated to helping their advisees excel.”

Nominations will be reviewed by the award committee. According to the webpage, the finalists will be invited to submit a statement of their “advising philosophy.” The winner will be selected based on this statement and the strength of the student nominations.

The president will make the final decision of who should receive the award based on the committee’s recommendations.

The recipient of this award will receive a recognition plaque. In previous years, this plaque was presented by the president at a Celebration of Achievement event.

The winner will receive $1000 in professional travel funds. Two runners-up will receive $250.

Last year’s award winner was Jennifer Keller, the assistant to the dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Chair of the Department of Dance.┬áKeller also advises more than 25 students per academic year while teaching all levels of modern technique, dance technology and contemporary partnering.

Keller strives to have an adaptive advising style by being available to students and changing things based on student needs.

For more information, contact Mary Hennessy, the assistant to the provost, at x2001 or mary.hennessy@sru.edu.

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