Advising Award

We are accepting nominations from students, alumni, faculty, and staff for the Dean of Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Nominations are now open! 

Please submit two (2) letters of support (500-word limit) for the nominee, along with a completed nomination form. Anyone with knowledge of the advisor’s work may write a letter of support including the nominator(s), a student, a colleague or a supervisor.  

Letters should go beyond personal experience (if possible) and include the capacity in which the letter-writer has known the nominee, a description of the significant advising role of the nominee and an explanation of how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in their role as an undergraduate academic advisor.

The deadline to submit a nomination and letters of support for the 2023-2024 academic year will be Monday, April 15, 2024.

Nominees will be notified, nominations made public and winners announced in May.

About the Dean’s Award

The Dean of Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising was established in collaboration with the ESAAC Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Advising (SUSA) in January 2015. The award aims to recognize the integral and valuable contribution that academic advising makes to undergraduate student life at McGill.

Advisors provide timely and accurate guidance to students, assisting them in making informed academic choices in light of their learning, career, and life goals. Advisors provide coherent information about University regulations and program requirements, and work, as appropriate, with other University services and resources.  Evidence of excellence in the role of undergraduate academic advisor may be demonstrated through specific examples of the nominee’s recent achievements in advising support to students, service to or involvement in the University and advising communities, and/or innovative approaches to the role of academic advisor.


  • All job categories are eligible.
  • For the purposes of this award, the definition of undergraduate academic advisor is broad and inclusive.  
  • Nominees should have a significant and recognized role in academic advising that guides students in the completion of their programs through to graduation and in which they are wholly accountable for the advice they dispense. 
  • Any academic or administrative staff member whose position includes a significant academic advising role in which they are authorized to deliver advising on academic issues to undergraduate students may be nominated for this award, regardless of whether the term “advisor” is in their official job title.  This includes, but is not limited to, Faculty advisors, Department or School advisors, program administrators and student affairs officers or coordinators, provided that one of their main roles is undergraduate academic advising.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to deanofstudents [at]

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