If you are one of many around Region 8 that can stop, look around, and say to yourself (or out loud), “I am so lucky to be working with this person,” then this is should be your favorite time of the year. The Region 8 steering committee is now accepting nominations for the 2013 regional awards. Nominations are open for the following categories:
- Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award: This category is to recognize new faculty or professional advisors (three or fewer years) who, early in their careers, have demonstrated qualities associated with excellence in academic advising. Two awards available at this level.
- Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Academic Advisor Award: This category recognizes experienced professional advisors who have a demonstrated record of excellence in academic advising.
- Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Academic Advisor Award: This category recognizes experienced faculty advisors who have a demonstrated record of excellence in academic advising.
- Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Award: This category recognizes individuals who have exhibited excellence in their primary role as an administrator or director of an academic advising program.
- Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Institutional Administrator Award: This category recognizes individuals at the upper level of institutional administration (Presidents, Provosts, Vice Provosts, etc.) who have a demonstrated commitment to advising and advisors on their campuses.
DEADLINE: October 19, 2012. Award winners will be announced in December and recognized at the 2013 regional conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
Now, if having a chance to publicly recognize your Awesome Colleague isn’t incentive enough to submit a nomination packet, here are the Top Five Reasons You Should Nominate A Colleague For A Region 8 Award:
5: The process is simple: One nomination letter, one or two additional letters of support, and one personal statement is all that’s needed. And if you’re tempted to write volumes about Awesome Colleague and are worried you won’t have time, there are page limits. So it really shouldn’t take you long to put an application packet together.
4: Awesome Colleague is…well…awesome. You know it. Now, the rest of the region will know it.
3: Awesome Colleague may thank you for your nomination. There may be free food in it for you. (We know how well free food works with our students. Let’s face it; it works pretty well on us too.)
2: This recognition brings local, regional and national attention to Awesome Colleague and, by extension, to you, to your office, to your unit, to your campus, to your school system, and to your state/province. None of that is bad. And “higher ups” like things that are not bad.
1: Did we mention the process is simple? And you might get free food as a thank you?
Remember, the deadline is October 19, 2012. The sooner you do this, the sooner Awesome Colleague will thank you. If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Awards Chair Jeff Malone or region chair Judi Haskins.