2020 Advisor Awards Program

In recognition of the significant role undergraduate advising/mentoring plays in fostering academic excellence at the University of Oregon, the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success (UESS) and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) annually collaborates to provide two undergraduate advising/mentoring awards. This program highlights the outstanding faculty and professional advising/mentoring on the University of Oregon campus.

One faculty advisor and one professional advisor will receive a $2000 award each, generously provided by UESS. The recipients who best exhibit the qualities associated with excellent advising will be recognized at an awards brunch on Thursday, May 28th, 2020.

Faculty, students, staff, and officers of administration are welcome to nominate faculty and professional advisors who exemplify excellence in advising and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Outstanding Professional Advisor: Any professional whose job dictates that the majority of his/her responsibilities are in undergraduate advising.
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Any appointed tenure track, non-tenure track, or adjunct faculty member who mentors or advises undergraduate students in addition to significant teaching and research responsibilities.

If you need to look up who your advisor is or which department or office they work in, use the Find an Advisor page.

If you have questions, please contact advisingawards@uoregon.edu.

The evaluation process: Nominations are an important part of this process, therefore the more information provided in the nomination, the better. Finalists will be narrowed down by the selection committee and ask to submit an advising philosophy to determine the winners of the award. All nominated advisors will be notified of their nomination alongside award winners in early May.

Click here to access the Nomination Survey and thank you for supporting our fantastic undergraduate advisors.

Please submit your nomination by February 14th, 2020.

2019/2020 Professional Development Scholarships

The ACAA is thrilled to announce the 3rd year of professional development scholarship availability, sponsored by the Undergraduate Education and Student Success. This scholarship program provides financial support to attend advising-related professional development opportunities, upholding a primary goal of the Association—promoting the highest quality of academic advising at the University of Oregon.

The scholarship will cover the member registration fees and include a supplemental travel stipend. In order to provide multiple scholarships, full travel and hotel expenses may not be covered by the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded after departmental approval for expenses. In the past, members have applied for scholarships to apply toward organizations such as NACADA, NCORE, OWHE, and others.

These scholarships were made possible by the Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Scholarship Award Distribution:
The committee has allocated $2000 annually to professional development and will be awarding up to $500 per scholarship. Applicants are asked to put together a brief cost estimate, as funding needs vary.

To apply for the scholarship, complete the following form by November 1st, 2019: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bkOcsgDQKwkRWZf

We look forward to your applications!

ACAA Executive Committee
Jamie Hoag Barnett
Angel Dorantes
Jennifer Jackson
Paige Jackson
Stephanie Heffner

2019 Advisor Award Announcements

UO President Michael Schill, Jessica Matthiesen – PPPM, Rachel Allen – SOJC, Gene Sandan – Director Tykeson College & Career Advising

Jessica Matthiesen and Rachel Allen were the recipients of the 2019 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards.  These awards recognize and celebrate the positive impact of exceptional advising and mentoring on the student educational experience.

Matthiesen, Undergraduate Internship Director and Undergraduate Program Manager in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Allen, Assistant Director of Student Services in the School of Journalism and Communication, received the Outstanding Professional Advising Award.

Matthiesen and Allen were recognized at a brunch and award ceremony on May 30th. These honors are made possible through the collaborative efforts between the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success and the All Campus Advising Association (ACAA).

Speakers at the ceremony included UO President Michael Schill and Gene Sandan, Director of College and Career Advising.  President Schill spoke about his commitment to student success and emphasized how the new Tykeson Hall will play a central role in supporting students.  Sandan, who will be overseeing the advising staff in Tykeson Hall, thanked all the members of the UO advising community for the work they do.

More than 100 nominations were received, for a total of 50 individual faculty and professional advisors. The nominations represented 20 different departments, colleges, and student support offices.

2018 Advisor Award Announcements

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) held their 5thannual Appreciation Brunch and Awards Ceremony on May 31stthis year. This ceremony celebrates the fantastic undergraduate advising and mentoring found across the UO campus and allows us to specifically recognize one Faculty and one Professional Undergraduate Advisor for their extraordinary dedication to UO students. This year’s honorees are Outstanding Faculty Award recipient Dr. Elizabeth Raisanen, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Instructor of Literature in The Robert Donald Clark Honors College; and Outstanding Professional Advisor Award recipient Angel Dorantes, Undergraduate Advising and Retention Coordinator for the Department of Education Studies in the College of Education. We congratulate Elizabeth and Angel and extend our appreciation for their compassion and dedication to undergraduate advising.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor:Dr. Elizabeth Raisanen, Robert Donald Clark Honors College

Outstanding Professional Advisor: Angel Dorantes, Education Studies

Upcoming Spring 2018 Events

ACAA and Division of Undergraduate Studies 2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards

May 31, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
Brunch provided

Advising Mini-Conference, hosted by Office of Academic Advising, UGS

June 6, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  three consecutive sessions
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
Light refreshments provided by Office of Academic Advising in UGS

Session schedule: 

  • Session 1: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Reframing Mindsets to Improve Student Success, presented by Celena Simpson and Grant Schoonover (Pathway Oregon)
  • Session 2: 2:15 p.m. -3:15 p.m. – Small But Powerful: Using Mobile Devices to Supercharge Your Advising Documentation System, Andrew Wahlstrom (Lundquist College of Business)
  • Session 3: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – The Checklist Approach to Better Advising, Arturo Zavala (College of Design)

Winter 2018 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our winter session:

What do you say to a student complaining that they are struggling in a course because they are having difficulty understanding their instructor? What does research tell us? How do experts say we should proceed? This term’s Professional Development workshop will focus on strategies for advising students dealing with, or complaining about, such language barriers.

What: ACAA Professional Development Workshop-Winter 2018
When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st from Noon-1:00 pm
Where: 166 Lawrence Hall

Presenters:
Melissa Baese-Berk, Associate Professor Department of Linguistics
Robert Elliott, Associate Director Northwest Indian Language Institute
Trish Pashby, Senior Instructor II American English Institute

Workshop Focus:

International TAs – or IGEs at the UO – have been a fixture of US universities since the 1970s. There are many advantages IGEs and international faculty bring to higher education, but too often undergraduate students blame their lack of learning on the pronunciation or language abilities of their international instructors. This workshop is designed to equip advisors with knowledge that may help when working with undergraduates complaining about international GEs or faculty .

Topics include:
1) what procedures the UO currently has in place for testing and assisting IGEs,
2) what the research says about “accent” and intercultural communication and
3) what UO undergraduates can do toward finding success in courses taught by IGEs.

ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodman, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar

Congratulations to Ethan Mapes – Recipient of NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Award

We would like to congratulate Ethan Mapes on being awarded the 2017 NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Professional Advisor Award. The NACADA organization has over 1,200 member from across the United States and Canada. Region 8 represents Advisors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon. Ethan’s dedication to undergraduate advising is truly exemplary and we are thrilled that he was selected for this distinguished award from among the strong pool of Professional Advisors in this region.

Scholarship Application for Advising-Related Professional Development

Application Deadline EXTENDED to Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The ACAA is thrilled to launch its professional development scholarship application, sponsored by the Division for Undergraduate Studies. This scholarship program provides financial support to attend advising-related professional development opportunities, upholding a primary goal of the Association—promoting the highest quality of academic advising at University of Oregon.

The scholarship will cover the member registration fees and include a supplemental travel stipend. In order to provide multiple scholarships, full travel and hotel expenses may not be covered by the scholarship.

Scholarship Award Distribution

The committee has allocated $2000 annually to professional development and will be awarding up to $500 per scholarship. Applicants are asked to put together a brief cost estimate, as funding needs vary.

Upcoming Professional Development Events:

Here are a few examples of upcoming regional conferences. Applicants are welcome to apply to conferences outside of this list.

Event: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) Region 8 Conference Location: Portland, Oregon Dates: March 11-13, 2018 Estimated Travel Expenses: $140 (registration) + $65 (membership) + additional travel costs.

Event: OWHE (Oregon Women in Higher Education) Conference Location: Bend, Oregon Dates: January 25-26, 2018 Estimated Travel Expenses: $165 (registration) + additional travel costs.

To apply for the scholarship, complete the following form by November 8, 2017: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SBIsXvA4euMfYN
We look forward to your applications!
The ACAA Executive Committee

Fall 2017 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our fall session:

Working with Accessible Education Center (AEC) to Support Student Success 

Wednesday, November 15th, 12-1 pm, Education 117

Presenters: Jeff Larsen and Natalie Castro from AEC
Location: 112 Esslinger
Date and Time: November 15th 12-1 PM
Topics Covered:
  • Overview of AEC
  • How and when to make referrals to AEC.
  • Discussion of common disability experiences and related supports including accommodations available through AEC.
  • Best practices and procedures for interacting with students with disabilities including what to ask and what not to ask.
  • How to effectively consult with AEC regarding students who may be struggling.
  • Understanding responsibilities and best practices for those that receive accommodation letters.
  • Opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with AEC advisors.
ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodmen, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar

Fall 2017 Lunch-and-Learn

The ACAA New Advisor Mentoring Committee invites you to attend our fall session:

Thursday, October 26, 12-1:30 pm, EMU 119 – Diamond Lake 

Our theme for this year is Retention and Persistence. Each Lunch and Learn will be grounded in the annual theme. For this first session, we will be exploring and discussing Academic Standing: what it means when your student is on AW, P1, P2, P3 or DQ. Wondering what all those letter and numbers mean? Both new and experienced advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Come lend your voice to this important conversation. We have also scheduled time for social interaction so attendees can get to know each other better.

Presented by Tami Hill and Paige Jackson, Office of Academic Advising, and the ACAA (All Campus Advising Association) New Advisor Mentorship Committee

Food will not be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own.

ACAA New Advisor Mentorship Committee
Elizabeth Raisanen, Paige Jackson, Ry Smith​, Jeff Ransford and Julia Morrill