About the Awards
Award Categories
Selection Criteria
Eligibility Requirements
Selection Committee
Past Awardees

About the Boston University Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards:

The Academic Advising Awards annually recognize advisors who have engaged students in the collaborative process of advising and have had a significant impact on students’ academic careers.

Winners receive an award of $1500 and are publicly recognized at the annual Academic Advising Symposium in March. The 10th Annual Academic Advising Symposium will be on Friday, March 3rd, 2023.


Boston University students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to nominate one eligible candidate per category per year. Letters of nomination (no more than one single-spaced page) should address the nominee’s abilities and attributes relative to their effectiveness as an academic advisor.

An “academic advisor” is a faculty or staff member who formally serves as a student’s designated advisor. Students, of course, seek advice from many members of the university community who are not their official academic advisor, but these awards have been established to celebrate students’ formally designated academic advisors.

The call for nominations for the eighth annual Advising Awards are now open. Letters of nomination for the awards are due Friday, October 28, via email to Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Amie Grills at apunderg@bu.edu.

If you have any questions about the Academic Advising Awards, please email the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at apunderg@bu.edu.


  1. Professional Academic Advisor: Staff members whose primary role at the University is academic advising.
  2. Faculty Academic Advisor: Faculty members whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or research and who spend a portion of their time advising students. (The Faculty of Boston University consists of Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors; those with professorial titles modified by “Research,” “Clinical,” and “of the Practice”; Lecturers of all ranks; Instructors.)

Selection Criteria:

While there are different roles and expectations of advisors among the undergraduate Schools and Colleges, all nominees must:

  • Engage students in the collaborative process of exploring and creating a rich, challenging undergraduate education.
  • Have a significant impact on students’ undergraduate experience.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for consideration, an advisor must:

  • Have held a full-time, continuing position for not less than six semesters at the time of nomination;
  • Be a current BU faculty member or staff member;
  • Not be currently under review for promotion or tenure;
  • Not be on sabbatical leave or leave of absence during the current academic year;
  • Not be a previous winner of a Boston University Undergraduate Academic Advising Award.

Selection Committee:

The Academic Advising Awards Committee will ordinarily consist of two undergraduate students, two faculty/staff members from the Advising Network, a representative from the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and two previous Academic Advising Award winners.


If you have any questions or concerns about these awards, please email apunderg@bu.edu.