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Excellence in Academic Advising

The Provost's Excellence in Academic Advising Award recognizes faculty and staff members who spend a significant portion of their time providing exemplary direct delivery of academic advising services to undergraduate students and have exhibited exceptional leadership in advancing academic advising at Miami.

Selection Process


Nominees for this award must be a current member of Miami's faculty, classified/unclassified staff, or administration. Nominees should have a significant record of direct delivery of academic advising services to undergraduates and have demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting high quality academic advising at Miami University.

Nominees should meet the following four criteria:

  • High quality of information and advice: knowledge of graduation requirements including the university curriculum and special program requirements; knowledge of appropriate schedule development and course sequencing; assistance to students as they develop academic, personal and career goals; knowledge of institutional regulations, policies and procedures; ability to engage in developmentally appropriate goals for students.
  • Outstanding support of students: strong interpersonal skills; caring, helpful attitude towards students; willingness to act in the student's best interests; willingness to encourage development of student independence and critically thinking skills; sensitivity to diversity issues; knowledge of campus resources and appropriate referral activity; demonstration of holistic advising principles.
  • Accessibility to students: availability to advisees and frequency of contact; face-to-face and electronic communication; welcoming and responsive to students.
  • Exceptional leadership in advising: creation of high quality advisor development/training activities or resources; significant experience mentoring and training other advisors; and/or development of advising-related initiatives or improvements.


All faculty and staff who have responsibilities for student academic advising are eligible for nomination. Consideration for this award requires two letters of nomination. Nomination letters should provide detailed evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding adviser and leader in academic advising.

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Council reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, who makes the final selection.

The call for nominations for the Provost Award for Excellence in Academic Advising is issued every year. The award will be given to one to three recipients, typically to one faculty recipient, one staff recipient.


Award Recipients


Brian KirkmeyerKaren Buchwald Writing Senior Assistant Dean for Student Success, College of Engineering & Computing

Norm KrumpeSenior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering


Donna Evans, Lecturer, Department of Computer and Information Technology

Chanelle White, Senior Academic Advisor, Farmer School of Business


Rosalyn Benson, Assistant Dean, College of Creative Arts

Melanie Ziegler, Senior Lecturer,  International Studies Program


Marti Kyger, Assistant Dean, Farmer School of Business

Patrick Murphy,Associate Professor, Department of English

Katie Shoemaker, Resident Director and First-Year Advisor, Office of Residence Life


Claudia Scott-Pavloff, Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Science

Larry Nadler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication