Distinguished Advising Award

The College of Charleston Distinguished Advising Award is presented to a roster faculty member during the spring semester. The Distinguished Advising Award honors those roster faculty members who have demonstrated a sustained dedication to students in the area of academic advising. A recommendation is made to the Provost by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Provost and comprised of five former recipients and the Director of the Academic Advising and Planning Center. The award is a framed certificate and a cash award. 

No faculty member may receive this award more than once. 

  • Established:  1994
  • Number of recipients annually:  one
  • Committee Chair: Brenda Sanders (sandersb@cofc.edu) 
  • Award:  $1500 and a framed certificate


The Distinguished Advising Award will be given to a roster faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to students in the advising area. Nominators must be a faculty member(s) and letters of nomination should include a description of the nominee’s advising service and the reasons why they should be selected. Nominations should be seconded by at least one additional faculty member, who may co-author the primary nomination letter or write a separate letter of support. Letters of support should be collected and submitted with the original nomination; up to three letters of support may be submitted. Any roster faculty member may be nominated, and selections will be made by a committee comprised of former recipients and the Director of the Academic Advising and Planning Center. The committee will seek additional materials from the nominees, including a narrative (up to 1500 words), addressing their advising approach and contributions, a current CV, and up to three samples of advising materials or publications developed by the nominee. The College’s recipient of the faculty Distinguished Advising Award will be nominated the following spring, if appropriate, for regional or national recognition through the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Award in NACADA’s faculty advising category.

All letters of nomination must also include: 

  • the name, title and department of the person being proposed for the award; 
  • the name, address and phone number of the nominator; and
  • the name of the award.  

Deadline: Sunday, January 29, 2023

Nomination Link: Distinguished Advising Award Nomination Form

Questions about the award or criteria? Contact our Faculty Affairs Coordinator, Estee Gabay (gabayel@cofc.edu) or the committee chair. Technical difficulties with the nomination form? Email faculty-awards-group@cofc.edu.

Award Recipients

1994 - Frances Courson - Education; Caroline C. Hunt - English
1995 - Malcolm C. Clark - History; Lynn L. Cherry - Communication
1996 - Trisha Folds-Bennett - Psychology; Deborah A. Miller - Phys Ed and Health; Linda M. Plunkett - Accounting
1997 - Rose Hamm Rowland - Math/Honors Program; Martha W. Runey - Biology
1998 - Rebecca B. Herring - Accounting; Christine A. Hope - Sociology and Anthropology; Susan J. Morrison - Biology
1999 - Elizabeth M. Martin - Chemistry; Penelope J. McKeever - School of Business & Economics
2000 - Marion T. Doig - Chemistry and Biochem; Marsha E. Hass - Accounting and Legal Studies;
David S. Mann- Political Science
2001 - William V. Moore - Political Science; Dinesh G. Sarvate - Math; David W. Maves - Music
2002 - Willette S. Burnham - Intercultural Programs; Larry A. Carlson - English;
James P. Deavor - Chemistry
2003 - Deanna M. Caveny - Math; Norris W. Preyer, Jr. - Physics and Astronomy
2004 - Charles K. Biernbaum - Biology; Ann S. Stein - Sociology and Anthropology
2005 - Joyce Kille-Marino - Biology; Michael Marcell - Psychology
2006 - Gary Asleson - Chemistry; Agnes Ayme-Southgate - Biology
2007 - Thomas Kunkle - Mathematics
2008 - Carol Ann Davis - English; Brenda Sanders - Sociology and Anthropology
2009 - Diane Cudahy - Teacher Education; Elizabeth Jurisich - Mathematics; Duncan Munro - Biology
2010 - Gorka Sancho - Biology; Catherine Thomas - English
2011 - Julia L. Eichelberger - English; Bernard E. Powers, Jr. - History
2012 - Scott Peeples - English; Jeffrey L. Wragg - Physics and Astronomy
2013 - Genevieve H. Hay - Teacher Education
2014 - Dee Dee Joyce - Sociology and Anthropology
2015 - John C. Creed - Political Science
2016 - Susan Balinsky - Public Health
2017 - Erin K. Beutel - Geology and Environmental Geosciences
2019 - Robert G. Westerfelhaus - Communication
2020 - William M. Russell - English
2021 - Jacob Craig - English
2022 - Allison M. Welch - Biology