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Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year 2015


The Faculty Advisor of the Year Award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in academic advising. Other teaching and scholarly activities may become a consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis will be on excellence in academic advising as judged by faculty and students.

The dean is to appoint a committee with students, faculty, and administrative representation to select an outstanding advisor from the college. The Faculty Evaluation Committee then selects a "Faculty Advisor of the Year" from the eight college level nominees. This person is recognized at the annual Robins Awards and receives a $1,000 award.

Criteria

The following criteria for selection of the nominees are recommended:

  1. The nominee should be serving in a full-time faculty position. Staff members who work as full-time advisors should not be nominated.
  2. Availability to advisees.
  3. Frequency of contact with advisees.
  4. Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals.
  5. Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures.
  6. Number of students assigned for advising purposes.
  7. Evidence of involvement in student clubs, organizations, or leadership development.
  8. Because so many individuals are potentially deserving of the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, past recipients will not be considered.

Nomination Materials

Deadline for submission: February 13, 2015.

In order to provide greater uniformity in the nomination materials provided to the Committee, the following must be prepared, with a maximum of 20 pages total length, approximately 12 pt. font. Materials must be submitted via eletronic form; nominations will be accepted beginning on Monday, November 3, 2014.

  1. A 1-2 page statement from the candidate summarizing his or her objectives as an advisor, how these objectives are met, and the number and type of students advised per annum.
  2. Letters from former advisees establishing the impact of advising. It would be especially useful if these letters came from alumni as well as current enrollees.
  3. Letters from colleagues attesting to the candidate's impact on advisees.
  4. Evidence of extracurricular advising (clubs, etc.).
  5. A 1-2 page letter from the department head explaining the candidate's role and impact as an advisor.
  6. The number of students advised per annum.
  7. A short biography (2 paragraph maximum).
  8. A professional photograph.

Contact

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost by e-mailing Lauren Skousen at lauren.skousen@usu.edu.



2014 Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year: Rebecca Lawver


2014 College Award Recipients

  • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences - Rebecca Lawver
  • Caine College of the Arts - Steven Mansfield
  • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business - none
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services - none
  • College of Engineering - Don Cripps
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Jennifer Sinor
  • College of Natural Resources - none
  • College of Science - none



Previous Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year Recipients



Previous College Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year Recipients

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

2014 Rebecca Lawver School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education
2013 Kerry A. Rood Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences
2012 Luella Oaks Department of Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
2011 Rusty D. Stott Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences
2010 Aaron Olsen Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences
2009 Marie Walsh Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
2008 Brian Warnick Department of Agricultural Systems Technology and Education

Caine College of the Arts

2014 Steven Mansfield Department of Art and Design
2012 Maureen Hearns Department of Music
2011 Dennise K. Gackstetter Department of Art and Design

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

2013 Frank Shuman School of Accountancy
2012 Jack Peterson School of Accountancy
2011 Konrad S. Lee Department of Management
2010 Carrie Belsito Department of Management
2009 Vance Grange School of Accountancy
2008 Ryan Larkin School of Accountancy

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

2011 Scott C. Bates Department of Psychology
2010 Dee Child Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

College of Engineering

2014 Donald Cripps Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2013 Laurie McNeill Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2012 Gilberto Urroz Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2011 Paul A. Wheeler Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2010 Heng Ban Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2009 Barton Smith Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2008 David Britt Department of Biological Engineering

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2014 Jennifer Sinor Department of English
2013 Ryan Moeller Department of English
2010 Shannon Browne Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology
2009 Atsuko Neely Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies
2008 Sarah Gordon Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies

College of Natural Resources

2012 Claudia Radel Department of Environment and Society
2011 Steven W. Burr Department of Environment and Society
2010 Karen Mock Department of Wildland Resources
2009 Frank "Fee" Busby Department of Wildland Resources
2008 Robert Schmidt Department of Environment and Society

College of Science

2013 Daniel C. Coster Mathematics and Statistics Department
2011 John A. Flores II Department of Biology
2008 David Peak Department of Physics