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College of Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Programs


CLA nominations for the Tate award are due by November 4, 2016. Dossiers are due by December 9, 2016.

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Barbara Schwab
Director of Administration, Scholarships, and Awards

115 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

John Tate Award

John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Purpose and Criteria

The John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising recognizes and rewards undergraduate academic and career advising. It calls attention to the contribution that advising makes in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. By highlighting examples of outstanding advising, the Tate award identifies positive models and recognizes the role that academic and career advising plays in the University's educational mission.

Nominees are evaluated on the basis of a dossier documenting outstanding advising. The dossier should provide specific evidence of excellence in the following categories:

For all nominees:

  1. Concern and guidance for advisees in their educational growth and success;
  2. Innovative engagement in developmental advising (academic, career and/or life planning) indicated, for example, by changes facilitated;
  3. Effective interpersonal skills;
  4. Responsible facilitation of student progress toward academic and career goals and development;
  5. Sustained commitment to student academic life and development over time; and
  6. Contributions to or enrichment of undergraduate student develpment at a program, department, or college level—i.e., institutional impact, which may include volume of students served.

For academic advisers & advising administrators:

  1. Improvement and development of advising delivery systems;
  2. Support of or participation in activities that enrich academic advising as a field.

For faculty advisers:

  1. Service as a mentor and role-model;
  2. Provision of professional development opportunities for students.

For career advisers:

  1. Improvement and development of cereer service delivery systems;
  2. Support of or participation in activities that enrich career services and/or advising as a field.

This list should not be construed as exhaustive or restrictive since the committee will consider any and all of the ways that advisers contribute to undergraduate education, if they are identified and supported by the materials in the dossier.


  • CLA students, alumni, faculty, and staff may submit nominations. Self nominations are welcome.
  • CLA faculty (tenure and non-tenure track) and staff advisers must hold at least 75-percent time appointments and actively participate in academic and/or career development of undergraduates (directly or administratively)
  • Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be renominated
  • Previous recipients are ineligible

For the purpose of this award, advising is defined as non-classroom contacts with individuals or small groups that help students:

  1. develop strategies for academic/career success;
  2. clarify their goals and better understand their abilities;
  3. explore educational/career opportunities;
  4. plan educational programs consistent with their interests and abilities;
  5. take advantage of University resources and experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, directed studies and research, or community service;
  6. examine career options and the links between academic preparation and the world of work;
  7. monitor and evaluate their educational progress;
  8. understand the institutional processes, nature, and purpose for higher education; and
  9. make a successful transition from the University to life path and career.


Up to four awards of $3,000 will be given per year and the winners will receive the award paid to them as salary. The awards are presented at a public ceremony during the Tate Advising Conference, on March 9, 2017.

Process, Guidelines, and Forms

The College of Liberal Arts hosts its own college-wide selection process, performed by the Instructional Awards Committee, before submitting applications to the University.

CLA nominations are due by November 4, 2016 to the CLA Office of Undergraduate Education. The dossiers are due to the CLA Office of Undergraduate Education by December 9, 2016. Finalists' dossiers are forwarded to the Tate Advising Award selection committee.