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Outstanding Faculty Advisors

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

California State University, San Bernardino is fortunate to have talented faculty willing to go above and beyond the teaching call. In addition to their usual instruction load, we have a particular group of faculty who advise & mentor our students. These Outstanding Faculty Advisors have been champions of student development, encouraging our students through all their endeavors. As a result, we would like to acknowledge their efforts and let them know they are appreciated.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor
Dr. Sharon Pierce

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  • 2008: Dr. Salvador Murguia, Sociology

  • 2007: Dr. Zahid Hasan, Mathematics

  • 2006: Dr. Hosung So, Kinesiology

  • 2005: Dr. Lynne T. Diaz-Rico, Language, Literacy & Culture and Dr. Mary Fong, Communication Studies

  • 2004: Dr. Josephine Mendoza, Computer Science

  • 2003: Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard, Health Science

  • 2002: Dr. Louis Downs, Education

  • 2001: Dr. Margaret Doane, English and Dr. Linvol Henry, Accounting

  • 2000: Dr. Gerald Thrush, Biology

  • 1999: Dr. Joanna Worthley, Psychology

  • 1998: Dr. Ralph Salmi, Political Science

  • 1997: Dr. Dennis Pedersen, Chemistry

  • 1996: Dr. Mary Kornguth, Nursing


Any faculty member employed by California State University, San Bernardino involved in the academic advising of students may be nominated. The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award is given annually to a faculty member selected by a University committee coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

The recipient's name will be announced at the Faculty Recognition Luncheon. The recipient will have his/her name added to our CSUSB Outstanding Faculty Advisor Honor Plaque in UH-380. Additionally, the recipient will receive $500 in travel funds and a designated parking spot.

Previous recipients of this award are not eligible. The list of previous recipients is appended to the end of this document.


The Selection Committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Demonstration of a caring attitude toward advisees
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees
  • Frequency of contact with advisees (advisement load)
  • Seeking out advisees in informal settings
  • Intrusive behavior designed to build a strong relationship with advisees
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Use of appropriate information sources
  • Appropriate referral activity
  • Ability to engage in developmental advising (career and life planning) versus simply course scheduling
  • Attendance at and support of advisor development programs
  • Evidence of student success rate
  • Advisee evaluations (if any)

Requirement in Order to be Considered: Three student letters of recommendations

These letters should discuss the nominee's advising effectiveness as well as his/her impact on each student's academic development.

Additional letters of support or other documentation will strengthen the application.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations can be submitted by students, faculty, administrators, or staff on the Outstanding Advisor Award Nomination Form (please see link below). Nominations should contain adequate factual or descriptive material to enable the Selection Committee to ascertain if the nominee possesses the qualities associated with outstanding academic advising.

Nominators are encouraged to include objective data to support their nomination whenever possible. Contacting the nominee for this information is appropriate.

Letters of support from advisees, administrators, and colleagues are encouraged.

Submit nominations via the nomination form below:

Nomination Form (Online)

Questions can be directed to Cara Peterson at