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Congratulations to the AY2020-2021 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award Recipient!

Eleanor (Ellie) M. Miller, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

Good academic advising is critical to students' educational experience and to help position students for successful careers while navigating them through our academic programs. The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member at UVM who has achieved excellence in undergraduate academic advising in a manner consistent with the philosophy, roles, and responsibilities described in A Vision for Academic Advising at UVM. This Award is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost, the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate, and the Student Government Association. Nominations due February 26.

The Award

Each recipient will receive a $1,000 taxable cash award. Recipients will be listed in a display in Waterman in recognition of their outstanding contributions as academic faculty advisors to undergraduate students.

Award Criteria

The evidence must demonstrate the candidate’s performance is excellent in all or most or the following areas. 

The advisor:

  1. Helps students to understand academic requirements, policies and practices
  2. Helps students clarify their goals and direction
  3. Helps students make informed decisions
  4. Helps students plan for life after graduation
  5. Makes students aware of opportunities for academic and personal growth and development
  6. Helps students create and make use of formal and informal networks throughout the University
  7. Helps students realize their maximum educational potential
  8. Connects students with on-campus resources and support services as appropriate
  9. Displays responsiveness, availability, concern, respect and depth of knowledge
  10. Strives for continuous improvement as an advisor


Any full-time UVM faculty member engaged in undergraduate advising is eligible for the award.


Any student, faculty or staff member at the University of Vermont may nominate an advisor. The primary nomination must be endorsed by three other individuals who have direct knowledge of the candidate’s performance as an academic advisor: 1.) the faculty member’s department chair or other direct supervisor; 2.) a current student; and 3.) at least one other individual (student, staff, faculty, alumni).

Nominations are submitted via the online form. The form asks nominators to describe how their nominee has achieved excellence regarding the ideals stated above and in any other ways they think are relevant.

UVM faculty nominated for the The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award will be asked for a personal statement on their philosophy, approach to and methods for academic advising.


Nominations will be vetted by a special committee to be composed of two members of the Senate Student Affairs Committee, two undergraduate students appointed by the Student Government Association, the previous year's recipient and chaired by a Faculty Senate Representative. The Committee may choose to conduct interviews with the strongest nominees and will develop a short list of finalists with recommendations to the Office of the Provost for approval. The final decision for the award will rest with the Provost.

Process Timeline

- Award Announcement - start of the Spring semester
- Nominations due - February 26
- Endorsements due - March 8
- Personal Statements due - March 26
- Award announcement - Mid- to Late-April