The Excellence in International Advising Award is presented annually to a University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty or staff member who has demonstrated their passion for and innovation in helping students incorporate an education abroad experience in their University of Wisconsin-Platteville degree program, and/or who has had a significant positive impact on the international student population at the university.


UW-Platteville International Programs Office


Any full-time faculty or staff member at UW-Platteville's main campus or branch campuses is eligible to receive this award. Faculty/staff who have received the award within the last five years are not eligible. Staff who work in the International Programs Office on the main campus or branch campuses are also not eligible to receive this award.


Qualities and practices of strong candidates for the award may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following:

  • Encourages students to pursue an education abroad experience and helps students integrate their education abroad experience into their academic, personal, and professional development and goals
  • Promotes an inclusive environment for international students on campus by:
    • Demonstrating a caring, helpful attitude toward international students
    • Engaging frequently and intentionally with international students
    • Participating in and supporting intrusive advising to build strong relationships with international students
    • Monitoring international student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Contributes to the internationalization of the campus through infusing international or intercultural components/perspectives into the curriculum

In addition, preference will be given to a candidate who does one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrates strong intercultural communication skills
  • Understands University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad and/or International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office policies and procedures and demonstrates appropriate referral activity to and collaboration with the Education Abroad and/or ISSS staff
  • Attends and/or demonstrates support of international programs, events, and/or workshops on campus
  • Serves on a campus committee related to international education or inclusivity
  • Conveys a passion for international education


This award will be given to one faculty or academic staff member per year. The recipient will be awarded $500, will be given a personal plaque and will be recognized at the following Fall convocation awards dinner.


Students or colleagues may submit nominations. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must include:

  • A completed, signed nomination form
  • A letter of support outlining how the nominee meets the qualities/practices listed under the “Criteria” section of the award description

Following their nomination, nominees will be asked to submit:

  • 1-2 page description of his/her advising philosophy and experiences working with education abroad students and/or international students
  • 1-3 brief letters of endorsement outlining how the nominee meets the award criteria (if not a self-nomination, the nominator’s letter of support may count as a letter of endorsement)


All required items must be submitted to studyabroad@uwplatt.edu by:

  • December 12 - Nomination form due
  • February 1 - Nominee’s supporting items due


The UW-Platteville Excellence in Advising for Education Abroad Award selection will be undertaken by the University International Education Committee (UIEC). Recipients will be notified by March 31.


Please contact the UW-Platteville International Programs Office at 608-342-1726 or studyabroad@uwplatt.edu with any questions related to this award.