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Nicholas Evans Award

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Award. In honor of Dr. Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent and exemplar of undergraduate advising at WVU, this award recognizes exceptional advising and mentoring provided by faculty and professional advisors at WVU each academic year. Up to four recipients will be awarded $1,250 to be deposited into a state account administered by the recipient’s department or unit. Funds may be used for professional development purposes only and must be used within the fiscal year awarded.


Hal Gorby

William (Hal) Gorby

Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Advising, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Sharon G Tenenholz

Sharon G. Teneholz

Teaching Assistant Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Emily Roush

Emily Roush

Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, Reed College of Media

Vivian G Céspedes

Vivian G. Cespedes

Counselor, Student Support Services' TRIO Program 

Award Categories and Eligibility

Primary Role Advisor

Individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. Individuals must spend at least 50% of their time on direct delivery of advising to students.

Faculty Advisor

Individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching/ conducting research and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.  Individuals must spend at least 50% of their time on teaching, research, or service.


Faculty and primary role advisors at any of West Virginia University’s campuses for whom undergraduate academic advising meets one of the aforementioned definitions are eligible for nomination. A recipient may receive the award once in a four-year period.

Criteria & Scoring 

The Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Selection Committee evaluates on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish applicants from any of West Virginia University’s campuses  as outstanding academic advisors or faculty advisors including: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Availability to advisees, faculty or staff 
  • Frequency of contact with advisees 
  • Appropriate referral activity 
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate info sources 
  • Evidence of student success rate, by advisor or department 
  • Caring, helpful attitude towards 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 
  • Ability to engage in, promote and support developmental advising 
  • Participation in and support of advisor development programs 
  • Participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees


Nomination Procedure  

A nominee is an individual whose name has been submitted for consideration via the Qualtrics form linked below.  Nominees progress to the status of applicant once they have accepted the nomination and submitted all appropriate materials as outlined below. 

Nominations may be made by WVU faculty, staff, or students. Advisors may also self-nominate. 

Nominate an outstanding advisor.

The advisor will receive an official notification from the Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Committee of their nomination and is responsible for collecting and submitting all required materials.  

Nominations should be submitted no later than December 13, 2021.

Submission Procedures

Advisors who accept the nomination must submit their applications to be considered for the award , which should contain factual or narrative material that describes the extent to which they meet the award criteria. Include the following items in the order listed below and use objective data to support the nomination. 

Cover Sheet that includes the following: 

  • Date 
  • Nominee’s name 
  • Reliable phone number and email 
  • Select One: 
    • Academic Advisor – Primary Role 
    • Faculty Advisor 
  • Have you been the recipient of this award within the last four years?
    • Yes ___
    • No ___


Submission Packet  

Two separate PDF files as outlined below.  

File # 1 (limited to 10 pages) includes: 

  • A Summary of the  nominee’s  qualifications - In this document, the  nominee  should summarize the extent to which they meet the award criteria, providing materials illustrative of exemplary performance and passion as an advisor.  
  • Write a personal statement that shares one advising moment that was pivotal or inspiring of that passion, and that includes your advising philosophy(s). 
  • Nominee Resume or Curriculum Vitae - Limit entries to materials that pertain directly to academic advising. 

File #2 (limited to 15 pages) includes: 

  • Representative materials could include articles published, resources and tip sheets created for students, training materials for faculty/staff, presentations given, etc.  These materials should show how the candidate has achieved a high-level advising professionalism and expertise. They should demonstrate an understanding about different advising modalities and their flexibility in applying that understanding to achieve the best results in their individual advisees’ academic careers. 
  • At least 3 letters of support from any of the following: advisees, colleagues, and administrators. 
  • Any other pertinent information from nominee. 

Packets must be submitted no later than January 24, 2022 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Nominees who do not submit a complete submission packet will not be considered.  

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Selection Process

The selection committee, composed of members of the WVU Academic Advising Council and previous award recipients, will review all nominations. If additional information is requested, the nominee will be invited to interview with the committee.

Upon review of the nomination and supporting documentation, the Assessment and Recognition Committee will submit a recommendation to the Academic Advising Council and the Office of the Provost in late March.

Awards will be presented to recipients at the WVU Faculty and Staff Awards recognition ceremony in April. Recipients are encouraged to attend the recognition ceremony. Recipients must comply with institution and state policies regulating the expenditure of centrally allocated funds.