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At Georgia Tech, advising is an integral part of the academic culture helping with retention, progression, and ensuring a holistic experience for students at the Institute. It is important to formally recognize champions in this work and to highlight best practices and core values in advising. This year, Academic Success & Advising (ASA), and the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) will present two awards:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor – Primary Role (academic faculty or staff whose primary role is advising).
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor – Faculty Advisor (academic or research faculty who have a significant academic advising responsibility as well as a significant teaching and/or research responsibility).

Take the time to nominate an outstanding advisor (you or a colleague) for a GT Advising Award.

Award Criteria

Letters of nomination and supporting documentation outstanding faculty or staff academic advisor must clearly show that the nominee consistently demonstrates the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Core Values of Academic Advising.

Application materials should create a narrative and identify, demonstrate, and provide examples of the individual’s mastery of the value of Commitment and at least two other values. Evidence of supporting student success (e.g., specific interventions, overall student retention/graduation rates, and compelling cases) should be identified. Advisors do not need to demonstrate mastery or competency of all bullet points listed below each value.

Award Amount:

NACADA Core Values in Academic Advising


Academic advisors respond to and are accessible to others in ways that challenge, support, nurture, and teach. Advisors build relationships through empathetic listening and compassion for students, colleagues, and others.


Academic advisors value and are dedicated to excellence in all dimensions of student success. Advisors are committed to students, colleagues, institutions, and the profession through assessment, scholarly inquiry, life-long learning, and professional development.


Academic advisors motivate, encourage, and support students and the greater educational community to recognize their potential, meet challenges, and respect individuality.


Academic advisors respect, engage, and value a supportive culture for diverse populations. Advisors strive to create and support environments that consider the needs and perspectives of students, institutions, and colleagues through openness, acceptance, and equity.


Academic advisors act intentionally in accordance with ethical and professional behavior developed through reflective practice. Advisors value honesty, transparency, and accountability to the student, institution, and the advising profession.


Academic advisors act in accordance with the values of the profession of advising for the greater good of students, colleagues, institutions, and higher education in general.


Academic advisors honor the inherent value of all students. Advisors build positive relationships by understanding and appreciating students’ views and cultures, maintaining a student-centered approach and mindset, and treating students with sensitivity and fairness.

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. (2017). NACADA core values of academic advising. Retrieved from

Nomination Packet **

You will need the following to complete the nomination process:

Support materials should include (as a single .pdf file):

  1. Cover Page (that includes an introduction of nominee and how they meet award criteria)
  2. Letter of nomination from nominator or candidate if self-nominating
  3. Letter from supervisor (if the supervisor is not nominator)
  4. Nominee’s personal advising philosophy statement
  5. Nominee’s resume or c.v.
  6. Letters from students (2 maximum, must be submitted in letter format, not as an assemblage of emails or email excerpts)
  7. Additional materials that support the nomination, demonstrating nominee’s commitment to the NACADA Core Values of Academic Advising (see “Criteria” section); these may be written or created by the nominee and/or others, and may include advising web site URL’s, letters from alumni (2 maximum), advising materials and resources created by the nominee, and other documentation demonstrating nominee’s accomplishments and initiatives, contributions to the advising community, leadership, professional development, and commitment to advising at Georgia Tech.

** Nominations are limited to permanent employees with at least two years of service. No more than on award per year will be given within any single unit/school.


Nomination Timeline

  • Nominations Open | Tuesday, March 26th
  • Nominations Close | Monday, April 29th
  • Recognition of Winners | early May

View the past awardees here

Complete College Georgia Champion Award

$1,500 Prize

Complete College Georgia is a statewide effort and key priority for the University System of Georgia since 2011 to rapidly increase degree earners and improve access to higher education. The Complete College Georgia (CCG) Champion Award recognizes one staff or faculty member with at least two years of service who has made critical contributions to undergraduate students’ retention, progression, and graduation. Nominees should demonstrate their efforts to advance the primary goals of CCG to improve student access to higher education and timely graduation while promoting Georgia Tech’s institutional values.

Nominees will be leaders and/or key partners in activities, programs, or initiatives that improve the student experience for high-priority student groups (e.g., underrepresented minority students, limited income students, transfers, military, non-traditional/adult learners, first-generation students, etc.) by removing common barriers to academic success, participation in experiential learning opportunities, and/or timely degree completion. Application packages should demonstrate the activation of select institutional values, innovative approaches to meet student needs, and measurable results.

The recipient of the CCG Champion Award will be recognized in the Office of Undergraduate Education’s monthly newsletter, campus publications, and social media. The recipient will receive a $1,500 award. Funds for this award are made possible by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The selection committee is comprised of a subset of the CCG-GT Steering Committee.

Applications should include:

  1. A letter of nomination from a nominator or the candidate. Self-nomination is permitted and encouraged. Nomination letters should describe efforts and successes with expanding access, supporting high-priority student populations, improving academic success, innovations in student support, and/or promoting timely graduation for Georgia Tech’s
    undergraduate students.
  2. A letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor (if the supervisor is not the nominator).
  3. Two additional letters of support (may be from students).
  4. Nominee’s resume or CV.

Nominations/applications should be submitted via Qualtrics.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 29 at 8:00 AM. The selection committee will review applications the week of April 29, and the inaugural CCG Champion Award recipient will be notified during the week of May 6.