Academic Advising Award
This award is designed to honor individuals at Montana State University who have made significant contributions to academic advising. This award closely follows the National Academic Advising Association’s core values and the criteria for their national outstanding advising award.
2022 - Congratulations to Kevin Cook and Geraldine Govaerts
Kevin Cook, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and program coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program
Geraldine Govaerts, primary academic advisor for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
The selection committee evaluates nominees on the following criteria:
- Strong interpersonal skills that include a caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and/or staff.
- Commitment to engage in developmental advising as compared to prescriptive advising.
- Skill in guiding and supporting the student’s journey and academic development.
- Reliable and consistent availability to advisees.
- Support for student progress towards graduation and career goals.
- Demonstrated outreach and initiatives to support student success.
Eligibility. To be eligible, an individual must be either a current tenure track or non-tenure track faculty, or a professional advisor (one whose primary responsibility is to advise students), and have been employed at MSU Bozeman for a minimum of three years. Not eligible are current members of the selection committee and previous winners of the award.
2021 Sharlyn Gunderson-Izurieta, academic adviser in the Gianforte School of Computing in MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and David Claudio, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering.
2020 Steve Swinford, associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Sara Heller, academic adviser in the Department of Health and Human Development.
2019 Melody Anacker, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Health and Human Development, and Cyndi Meldahl, director of the Education Advising Center in the Department of Education.
2018 Lisa Musgrave, undergraduate advising coordinator in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, and Ross Snider, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.