The Regents' Counselor/Academic Advisor Award is given annually to faculty or staff members with distinguished records of student advisement. One award will be granted to a full-time community college member of the faculty, professional staff, or classified staff who provides undergraduate academic advisement as part of their regular assignment or who provides academic advisement as their primary assignment. Although this award is intended for an individual, a group who by their collaboration has made outstanding contributions in academic advisement may be recognized as well.

Two awards will be granted annually between the universities and state college, one for undergraduate advisement and one for graduate advisement. DRI full-time faculty or professional staff who provide academic advisement to graduate students at UNLV and UNR as part of their regular assignments or who provide academic advisement as their primary assignments are eligible for the graduate award. Although these awards are intended for individuals, groups who by their collaboration have made outstanding contributions in academic advisement may be recognized as well.

A. Nominations. Notification is sent annually by the Chancellor's Office to each NSHE campus to begin the nomination process: late August/early September. Each institution may submit one nomination only for consideration to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Each nomination must contain the following information only:

i. Formal letter of nomination from an NSHE employee or student, adhering to the following guidelines:

The nomination letter must address how the candidate accomplished a significant record of excellence in student advising that is worthy of recognition by the Board of Regents. The letter must address clear evidence of the following:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with students;
  • Effective advising;
  • Advising material or tools that the candidate developed; and
  • The candidate's advising philosophy.

ii. Other supplemental materials as determined by the institution. Examples include:

  • Most recent evaluation
  • Three letters of support from persons knowledgeable of the nominee’s qualifications (i.e. students, faculty, staff)
  • Evidence/Description of Committee Work

B. Length of Service. Candidates must have at least five years of cumulative service in the NSHE by the date of nomination in order to be considered for the award.

C. Nominations must be sent via email to the award coordinator by Monday, September 24th,​ no later than 5 p.m. If you choose to store your nomination and supplemental materials on a disc, you may send that disc by the deadline via inter-office mail.

D. Committee Review. The CSN Internal Recognition Committee scores all submitted material based on this Rubric Regents' Academic Advisor Awardwhich follows the criteria above from NSHE. The committee can only give each nominee a score based on what is submitted. To be competitive, please follow the guidelines carefully and provide specifics and details where necessary. Generalities and brief descriptions of contributions are not sufficient. Since this award is prestigious and competitive, the nominee should be collaborative and significantly involved in the process of putting together the materials. The nominee should make sure that all information is accurate and inclusive. Don't leave anything out. Don't be modest. Put your best foot forward to make sure when you are nominated it is an outstanding representation of your worthiness for this award.

Please submit your nomination materials in the order outlined above.

After the CSN Internal Recognition Committee has reviewed the nominations, recommendations are sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who will then submit a CSN nominee for this award to NSHE. Once you are selected to represent CSN, these materials are then sent to NSHE where you compete against the selections from other NSHE colleges/universities. A NSHE selection committee will review all system nominations and makes the final decision during the spring semester.

E. Final Approval. The recommendation of the selection committee shall be presented to the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee for final approval.

F. Award Amount: $5,000