Advising Award Nominee’s Letter

Below is the information/instructions that the nominee will receive if they are nominated for the advising category:

The prize for this award is $2000 (less the standard deductions for income tax and social security). Please note that if you've won an advising award in the last five years, you're not eligible to apply at this time. You also must be in a full-time advising position to be eligible.

To apply, submit your one-page statement and supporting evidence, as outlined below, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 26th. Please submit all of the documents as one pdf with a file name in the following format: Category_Year_LastName (e.g., OutstandingUGAdvising_ 2022_Diaz). (The file can be a scan of a hardcopy packet or electronic documents combined into one pdf.) If you have questions about submitting your application, please email

Submit your application PDF here.


Create a title page with your name, department/school/college, and the award category to which you are applying.

In one page, provide an academic advising philosophy prepared by the candidate addressing each of the four following questions.

  • Why am I an academic advisor?
  • What advising approaches and/or theories do I use with students?
  • How do I work to fulfill stated mission and goals of my institution and academic unit?
  • How do I know that I have made a difference in the lives of my students?

A narrative addressing the impact your academic advising practice (e.g., degree planning, course/major selection, etc.) has had on student experience and success.

  • Must include evidence corroborating your narrative. Evidence can include direct feedback from students such as student satisfaction survey data, and/or qualitative information (e.g., personal notes, emails, etc.).

A narrative with evidence of the impact of student engagement outreach/campaigns including, but not limited to, interventions with at-risk populations, enrichment for high-performing populations, academic skills workshops, career exploration/development, etc.

  • Must include the campaign/initiative/program/event’s intent and design.
  • Must include program evaluation/assessment, particularly evidence of an improved quantitative metric such as first-year retention, four-year graduation rate, lower D/F/W rates, lower excess credit hours/hours-to-degree, decreased number of map holds, lower attrition from major improving time-to-degree, etc.

A bulleted list of involvement and engagement within the FSU community (e.g., committee work, sponsorship of student groups, volunteering at campus events, etc.) and professional growth activities and/or academic advising scholarship (e.g., involvement in graduate program, conference attendance, published research/articles/blogs, webinars, etc.). Include a brief one-to-two sentence description for each item.

Up to three letters of recommendation from supervisor(s), colleagues, and/or campus partners.