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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 advisers 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.


Nancy Caronia

Nancy Caronia

Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

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Jayne Gilbert

Jayne Gilbert

Coordinator of Academic Services at Potomac State College

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Tricia Petty

Tricia Petty

Assistant Dean of Student and Enrollment Services at the Reed College of Media

Read Tricia's Media Bio

Kathleen Reilly

Kathleen Reilly

Advising Specialist in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences 

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Professional Adviser

A professional staff member who spends at least 50 percent of his/her time in the direct delivery of academic advising services to undergraduates. 

Faculty Adviser

A professional staff member who spends at least 15 percent of his/her time in the direct delivery of academic advising services to undergraduates.


Faculty and professional advisers 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.

Nominate an outstanding adviser.

2017 Nicholas Winners
If you have questions, please contact  Susan Catanzarite or Jeffrey Tice.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by WVU faculty, staff or students. The nominee is responsible for collecting and submitting all required materials. The nominator should consult with the nominee before submitting the nomination. Please do not submit a nomination anonymously. 

Each nomination must be supported by objective data, including factual and narrative material, which defines the extent to which the nominee meets the award criteria.

Submission Requirements

The following items are required to submit a nomination:

  1. A nomination form submitted by a student, colleague or supervisor no later than January 13, 2020.
  2. A survey completed by the supervisor identifying the nominee’s role in advising, student success and his/her contribution to WVU’s advising mission. This survey will be emailed to the supervisor once the online nomination form is submitted.
  3. A narrative from the nominee discussing his/her most meaningful advising experience. The narrative should characterize the experience, the outcome(s) and what was learned from the experience.

These documents must be submitted no later than February 18, 2020, for the 2019-2020 academic year. Note: The nomination form is an online submission.

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.