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Provost's Award for Undergraduate Academic Advising (Staff)

The Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Academic Advising recognizes one Lehigh exempt staff member for demonstrated excellence in and extraordinary contributions to undergraduate academic advising. This award consists of a cash prize of $1,000 and a grant of $1,500 to support the advisor’s professional development. Staff award winners will be honored at the Staff Appreciation Dinner.
This new award aligns with Lehigh’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring the Future Makers - with the goal of “Make It Together.” As part of this goal, “We will encourage faculty and staff to support students and one another–strengthening our sense of community–and we will recognize and celebrate those who do this work.” The Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Academic Advising provides a new avenue to recognize and celebrate staff who demonstrate excellence in academic advising. Academic advising is a key component to student success. Academic advisors are often students’ first points of contact when they enter Lehigh, providing an ongoing, critical connection between the student and the University. Each college or interdisciplinary program at Lehigh provides advising for undergraduate students through faculty or professional staff advisors and faculty mentors. Advisors help students develop educationally, professionally, and personally, guiding them through the University while connecting them with an array of campus resources. 
Nominees for the Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Academic Advising should show evidence of excellence in academic advising by meeting the following criteria:
-- Provide a welcoming, inclusive environment where advisees feel a sense of belonging.
-- Guide advisees in problem solving, evaluating academic options, registration and academic planning, and major selection.
-- Monitor and support advisees’ academic progress.
-- Connect advisees with campus resources.
-- Provide helpful and accurate information regarding academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
-- Assist advisees in identifying academic and professional goals.
-- Demonstrate a caring and nurturing attitude toward advisees.
-- Uphold NACADA’s core values: caring, commitment, empowerment, inclusivity, integrity, professionalism, and respect.
Nomination Process
Lehigh University students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate eligible candidates for the Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Academic Advising. Please include:
-- A written statement by the nominator that addresses: the nominee’s abilities and attributes relative to their effectiveness as an academic advisor, and why the nominee meets the award criteria.
-- Faculty, staff, or student testimonials that address the impact of the nominee’s advising work.
The Advising Awards Committee is composed of Provost Office staff: 
-- Lucy Bowen, Director of Administration
-- Emily Ford, Director of Coordinated Advising
-- Terry-Ann Jones, Deputy Provost for Undergraduate Education
-- Donna Mohr, Director of Retention
If you have any questions, please email Emily Ford, Director of Coordinated Advising, at
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Lehigh undergraduate academic advisors are eligible for nomination by a faculty, staff, or student. To be eligible for the staff award, an academic advisor must be a current staff member who has served full-time at Lehigh University for at least one year at the time of the nomination. For this award, an academic advisor is defined as a staff member who formally serves as a student’s assigned undergraduate advisor.