Advising Awards

One primary mission of the WSU Advisor Training Academy is to provide recognition to members of the WSU advising community for their hard work, dedication, and impact on student success. The ATA Advising Awards were initiated to recognize exceptional performance and innovation in academic advising at Wayne State University.

The following five awards are conferred on an annual basis and recipients will be recognized at the annual Advisor Training Academy Recognition Tea in December:

Advising Spirit Award
Criteria: For the member of the WSU advising community who demonstrates outstanding advisor mentorship. For the purposes of this award, the mentoring does not need to be formal or part of an established program. Nominations should include letters of support from one (or more) mentees and should document how the mentoring relationship impacted the advisor(s) in their work with students as well as their professional and/or personal development and goals.

Outstanding Academic Advisor (primary role)
Criteria: For individuals whose primary role at WSU (at least 50% of their time) is the direct delivery of advising services to students and who have at least three years of advising experience at the University. 
This award seeks to recognize the individual who has shown exemplary service and impacted students through one or more of the following ways: dedication (engagement, style, or way of connecting), innovation (methods, tools, programming, resources), advising approach (methods of delivery, approach, inclusiveness, techniques).

Outstanding New Academic Advisor (primary role, 3 years or less advising)
Criteria: For individuals whose primary role at WSU (at least 50% of their time) is the direct delivery of advising services to students and who have been advising at WSU less than three years. 
This award seeks to recognize the new advisor who has shown exemplary service and impacted students through one or more of the following ways: dedication (engagement, style, or way of connecting), innovation (methods, tools, programming, resources), advising approach (methods of delivery, approach, inclusiveness, techniques).

Outstanding Academic Advising Team
Criteria: For advising teams (two or more) who are making an impact on students and the programs/degrees they support through their collective dedication, innovation, collaboration and approach. 

Transfer Advising Champion  
Co-sponsored by the WSU Transfer Student Success Center (TSSC)
Criteria: For advisors whose role at WSU includes the impactful delivery of advising and retention efforts to WSU transfer students through one or more of the following ways: dedication (engagement, style, or way of connecting), innovation (transfer pathways, methods, tools, programming, resources), advising approach (methods of delivery, approach, inclusiveness, techniques).

Nomination process

2021 Nominations for all awards will follow the following timeline and submission requirements:
Deadline to submit nominations – July 30, 2021
Awardees notified – late August 2021
Recognition Tea – December 2021 (TBD)

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form below along with all requested documentation. Nominators will be asked to explain (ideally to show) why the individual/team should be recognized (self-nominations are allowed). Nominations should also include:
1.    At least one letter of support (preferably from a student or supervisor – see nomination form for specifics)
2.    The nominee's professional record (not required for Advising Team award)
3.    Additional letters of support or other pertinent information from nominator

A selection committee, comprised of the following academic advisors and administrators, will review all submissions and announce winners:

Cheryl Kollin, Directory, University Advising Center
Kate Bernas, Advisor Training Academy
Heather Sandlin, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Solaf Shallal, Dept. of Psychology
Casey Rue, College of Engineering 
Emily Reetz, College of Engineering
Helen Wilson, University Advising Center
Avanti Herczeg, Dept. of Art and Art History
Erin Wiseman, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
Akelah Reese, APEX Scholars
Ranae Hamama, TSSC - Transfer Advising Champion award selection

Submit a Nomination  
 

University Advising Center