Nomination guidelines for the Excellence in Academic Advising Award.


This award is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society to recognize excellence in advising undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

About the Award

The person honored is presented with an engraved recognition plaque and $1,500 honorarium.


All College of Agricultural Sciences faculty or staff members who advise undergraduate students are eligible for the award.


Selection will be based on the overall effectiveness of the student advisor as reflected by the nominating documents. Excellence in three areas will be emphasized: academic advising, individual student goal-setting and career planning, and personal counseling.


Nominations may be submitted by the College of Agricultural Sciences alumni, faculty members, students, and administrators. The selection will be based on the quality of nominating materials, rather than quantity. Each nomination should be submitted in the following format:

  1. A one-page document giving biographical (personal and academic) information. Appropriate material might include the nominee's advising schedule within the last three years and the nominee's academic history and accomplishments.
  2. A one-page document supporting the candidate in the three areas outlined in the selection criteria above, with an emphasis on advising effectiveness.
  3. Additional material from students, alumni and faculty which supports the nomination. This additional material shall be limited to no more than five letters from current students, no more than five letters from alumni, and no more than five additional letters. The emphasis should be the effectiveness of advising and the positive influence of the advisor on students.

Nominations must be received by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Director Alan Schaffranek, 229 Agricultural Administration Building, no later than Friday, March 27, 2020.


The selection committee will be appointed by the Ag Alumni Society Board president, with representation from the Alumni Society (1), students (1), and faculty (3). Selection process will be completed the week of April 3, 2020 and the award recipient will be notified soon thereafter.

Alumni Relations Office


229 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802