Excellence in Advising

Excellence in Academic Advising

Northeastern State University recognizes the importance of an inclusive, equitable, and quality academic advising experience for all students. In 2013, NSU transitioned to a professional academic advising model for all undergraduate students, supplemented by faculty mentorship within each discipline. The goal of this model is to provide students with advisors who are regularly accessible

The NSU Advising Award honors individual Academic Advisor for helping build a supportive academic environment and foster positive student experiences. Each Spring, students are asked to nominate an academic advisor who has shown excellent care for students' academic, personal, and professional goals, with final selections determined by the Executive Advising Committee. Consideration is given to a nominated advisor who exhibits that highest standards in advising, including professional contributions and professional core values (NACADA) of Caring, Commitment, Empowerment, Inclusivity, Integrity, Professionalism, and Respect for students.

2021-2022Photo of Susan Chitwood with award
Susan Chitwood

Academic Advisor, 2013-Present

College of Business & Technology, Broken Arrow

Susan's advisees say:

"She is truly dedicated to my success and has encouraged to be the best I can and empowered me with words of encouragement. She always remembers the little details from our past engagements. As well as taking into consideration learning styles, instructor styles, course and trying to find the best synergy...I always felt like my best interest were top of mind for her and without her encouragement I don't know if I would have stayed the course."


"I am going to graduate this December and am so thankful for all her words of encouragement throughout my journey. Her commitment to her advisees is outstanding."

2020-2021Photo of Michelle Farris with award
Michelle Farris

Academic Advisor, 2011-Present

Reach Higher / Organizational Leadership, Muskogee (Online)

Michelle's advisees say:

"I was very nervous to go back to school as an adult. Michelle made me feel really good about continuing my education and explained what the reach higher program was. She always responds to my questions no matter how silly they seem. Michelle is very knowledgeable and knows exactly what courses I need to take to be successful which really comforts me. I know the me and any other student she is guiding are in great hands."


"I most certainly would not have been able to do this without her support. Mrs. Farris never missed answering a single email from me. She answered all my questions (I had a lot) with grace and patience. She even congratulated me on my achievements. She showed me compassion and understanding throughout my entire time here at NSU. I felt like she believed in me, so I believed in me."