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Fairmont State University Faculty Awards and Grants 2021-2022: Excellence in Academic Advising

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Please make sure you have reviewed the eligibility, criteria, and deadline below.

Past Winners

1994-1995       Judith Kruetzer

1995-1996       Judith Kruetzer

1996-1997       Anthony Brizendine

1997-1998       Gregory Hinton

1998-1999       Joanne Van Horn

1999-2000       Patricia Ryan

2000-2001       Aletta Moffett

2001-2002       Robert Grattan

2002-2003       Carl Colebank

2003-2004       Tia Richardson

2004-2005       Kimberly Murphy

2005-2006       Angela Schwer

2006-2007       Clarence Rohrbaugh

2007-2008       Donna Long

2008-2009       Erin Hippolyte

2009-2010       Matthew Hokom

2010-2011       G.H. Budd Sapp

2011-2012       J. Robert Baker

2012-2013       Ann Bartolo

2013-2014       Nenad Radulovich

2014-2015       Jennifer Myers

2015-2016        Mark Flood

2016-2017        Kimberly Derico

2017-2018      Amanda Metcalf

2018-2019      Jason Noland

2020-2021      Travis Wamsley








Award for Excellence in Academic Advising


Award for Excellence in Academic Advising


Purpose and History

The Excellence in Advising Award is given to recognize and emphasize excellence in the ability to engage in, promote and support undergraduate and graduate student advising.

Fairmont State University recognizes that advising is a teaching opportunity beyond the course selection that may include career exploration, decision making skills, values clarification, critical thinking, utilizing campus resources, taking personal responsibility, and understanding processes and the value of a college education.


1. Any individual serving as an academic adviser or faculty academic adviser and employed by a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution may be nominated. 

3. Previous Outstanding Advising Award winners are not eligible.

4. Previous Outstanding New Adviser Award winners or Certificate of Merit recipients may be considered for Outstanding Advising Awards or Certificates of Merit if a minimum of five years has passed since receiving the original award.



Nomination Process

The nominator should complete and submit the electronic nomination form explaining why the faculty member deserves consideration for the award. The committee will ask faculty members who have been named if they will consent to the nomination.

Selection Criteria

The committee hopes to obtain specific information about each nominee’s outstanding achievements in some or all of the following areas:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees, faculty, or staff
  • Frequency of contact with advisees
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate information sources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
  • Meeting advisees in informal settings
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Participation in and support of advisor development programs
  • Perception by colleagues of nominee's advising skills


The Award for Excellence in Academic Advising is presented to honor a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence in academic advising, a commitment to advisees, and who significantly and positively impacts the education, personal development, and success of their advisees.

This award is offered as a tribute but also as an encouragement to all faculty advisors to persist in their efforts to help students achieve and succeed.


All Fairmont State University full-time faculty advisors with a minimum of two years of service as an academic advisor are eligible for nomination.


Nominations will not be accepted after Friday, March 6, 2021.


The selection committee, comprised of members of the Fairmont Advising Network (FAN), reviews all nominations submitted and selects faculty advisors whose qualities and achievements demonstrate excellence and commitment to high-quality academic advisement.

The selection committee will consider clarity, specificity, and examples that demonstrate:
   • Knowledge of Fairmont State University policies and procedures
   • Knowledge of the faculty member’s specific academic program
   • Knowledge of programs and courses outside the advisor’s academic school
   • Adoption and use of the Appreciative Advising philosophy and related behaviors
   • Accessibility

Awards will be presented during the annual Awards Banquet in April.


Nominations can be submitted by students, faculty members, school chairs, administrators, and staff members. No anonymous nominations will be accepted.

Nominators must provide detailed written responses highlighting the achievements of the nominee associated with Appreciative Advising Phases (see below for an overview) and for the advisor’s overall demonstration of an Appreciative Mindset. Answers require both opinions and specific examples in support of the nomination. Nominators can also work with a team to include letters of recommendations from others as supplemental evidence. Additional supportive information may be requested by the committee.

Appreciative Advising: Overview of Six Phases


  • The nominee appropriately challenges students to raise or lower their expectations, as appropriate. The nominee assists students with considering options and possibilities that had not yet been considered.