The College of Agricultural Sciences' Community of Advising Excellence Award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding academic advisers of undergraduate students in the College.

Nomination Requirements

All who formally advise undergraduate students (staff and faculty within the College) are eligible for this award. Anyone affiliated with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences (e.g. students, staff, faculty, program coordinators, department heads) may nominate an individual for this award. A nomination letter providing tangible evidence of advising excellence is required; however, to encourage the nomination of all worthy individuals, no other materials apart from the nomination form and letter are required. The nomination may focus on the past year or represent the nominee's accomplishments over a longer period. The following criteria should be considered for a strong application.

Nomination method

Nomination Form

Student, faculty/staff member, or administrator can nominate an adviser.

  • Nominee's name
  • Nominee's title
  • Nominee's department
  • Explanation of why you nominated this person

Items that the Community of Advising Excellence Award committee may be obtaining

  • Number of undergraduate College of Agricultural Sciences students advised.
  • Years of service at Penn State.
  • Letter of support from the academic unit leader or direct supervisor.
  • Additional letters of support from faculty/staff and current or former students.
  • Materials demonstrating measures of advising effectiveness.
  • Evidence of service to students and the advising profession.
  • Evidence of participation in professional development programs related to advising.

Award Recipient

In alignment with the latest Community of Advising Excellence guidelines, recipients will receive:

  •  A framed award certificate.
  •  The award winner will be publicly recognized at an appropriate College event, as well as, in other media formats.
  •  A one-year membership to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)--at present, a $65 value; and
  • A one-time $500 departmental allotment in support of the recipient's advising program -or- $1000 credit toward participation in the Annual NACATA Conference..
    • A third-time recipient of the Community of Advising Excellence Award will be inducted as a life member of the prestigious Academy of Advising Excellence and receive a framed certificate and a permanent 1% increase in base salary.
    • Members of the Academy of Advising Excellence will be expected to participate in the annual review and selection process of advising award nominations for a three-year rotation.

Due Date

5:00 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021

Questions and Comments

Questions and comments about the 2021 Advising Award, can be submitted to:

Matt Stumpf, Office for Undergraduate Education
101 Ag Administration Bldg.
College of Agricultural Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park 16802-2602