The Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising

  • Advisement Center Staff 2014
  • Susan Amy Marie Ross 2014
  • Kathy and Kristie 2014
  • Clif and Jen
  • Clif and Kristie
  • Clif and Josh
  • Clif and Scott
  • 2014 Award Winners
  • Kathy and Jen
  • Kathy and Josh

After reviewing many outstanding nominees for the 2015 “Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising” awards, the selection committee has chosen Nora Cox from Communication as the faculty recipient and Juli Panza from Professional Education Advisement as the professional staff recipient. Please join us in congratulating Nora Cox and Juli Panza for this recognition. 

If you have not already done so, please mark your calendar for the Master Advisor Reception on Wednesday, March 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom East. These two awards, as well as the Excellence in Advising Support and the Excellence in Advising: Graduate Student Contribution award, will be formally presented at the ceremony.

In recognition of outstanding academic advising, two Missouri State University Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising awards will be presented during the spring semester 2015. One will honor a faculty advisor, and one will honor an advisor who is a member of the professional staff. Each recipient will receive a $1500 cash award, presented at a reception to honor all Master Advisors.

After the nomination is received, the advisor will be notified and asked to submit application materials that will be due on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.  A selection committee will be co-chaired by Judy Pickering, past award recipient.

Qualifications for Nomination:

  1. Nominee must have a minimum of two years of service to Missouri State at the time of nomination as a full-time employee with on-going academic advising responsibilities and currently assigned advisees.
  2. Nominee must be a current Master Advisor.
  3. Nominee must not have received the award in the previous three years.

If you need to know whether an advisor is qualified to be nominated, contact Kathy Davis at 836-5258 or

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Knowledge of campus information and resources and use of that knowledge in helping students.
  2. Knowledge of major and career-related information and academic policies and use of that knowledge in assisting students.
  3. Demonstration of advising as a priority activity.
  4. Use of innovative advising techniques and/or development of advising materials or systems.
  5. Effective documentation of advising sessions through “Advising Notes.”
  6. Reasonable accessibility to advisees and effective use of available time with advisees.
  7. Efforts to create positive relationships with students.
  8. Support of advisor training and development programs and efforts to improve advising services at Missouri State University.

Questions regarding the Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards and the Master Advisor Program should be addressed to:

Kathy Davis, Director of the Academic Advisement Center
University Hall, Room 109