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UK Advising Network now accepting nominations for advising awards

photo of a student advising appointment.
Arden Barnes | UK photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Advising Network is now accepting nominations for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award. This award recognizes outstanding service in the field of undergraduate academic advising for both faculty and professional advisors. 

The Ken Freedman Awards have been awarded annually since 1995. Named after UK advisor Ken Freedman, a founder of the UK Advising Network in 1986, the award helps to shine a light on the hardworking faculty and staff who help students navigate the university, ensuring that all students have the tools they need to succeed at UK and beyond. 

“The Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award has a long history at UK, possibly longer than anyone currently working in advising remembers,” said Shaun Ketterman, communications chair for the UK Advising Network. “Mr. Freedman was an academic advisor at UK from the mid-80s until his untimely passing in 2001. He did much to engender the adoption of national professional advising standards at UK and is one of the founders of the UK Advising Network. This award is given to one faculty advisor and one professional advisor each year who embody Mr. Freedman’s dedication to the profession, the university, and the students.”

Two award recipients are selected for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award, one professional advisor and one faculty advisor. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. Nominees are not limited to colleges. Any faculty or staff member who plays a role in advising are eligible. 

In addition to the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards, four NACADA-aligned awards will be presented. These awards will include:

  • Outstanding New Advisor
  • Empowering Leadership in Administration
  • Innovative Advising Award
  • Advocate in Advising- Friend to the Community 

Nominations for Advising Awards are due Friday, March 10. 

The recipients of the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards will be recognized at the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition on May 8.  Recipients will also be nominated by the UK Advising Network for the NACADA Region 3 Excellence in Advising Award and National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award.

To make a nomination for the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards, click here

To see the full list of previous Ken Freedman awardees, click here.

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