Awards & Recognition

Outstanding Academic Advisor

Outstanding Professional Advisor

2017: Scott Tomlin, Arkansas Tech University

2016: Donna Smith, University of Arkansas

2015: Angela Bell, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2014: Pierre Poquette, University of Arkansas

2013: Carla Griffin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Outstanding Faculty Advisor

​2019: J. Laurence Hare, University of Arkansas

2017: LaQuita Saunders, Arkansas State University

Outstanding Advising Administrator

2016: Dr. Shane Barker, University of Arkansas

Professional Development Grants


In an effort to support the professional development of Academic Advisors across the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas Academic Advising Association, Inc. (ArkAAN) offers grants to members who wish to conduct original research or to attend or conduct classes, workshops, seminars or conferences.


The number of grants awarded is dependent upon available funding.

Grants are awarded by the ArkAAN Executive Board. 
The Board may award up to $200 for each grant.
The Board must receive confirmation of acceptance of the grant before funds will be disbursed.


Applicant must be an ArkAAN member in good standing.
Previous grant recipients are eligible to apply, but will be considered after applicants who have not previously received a grant.
Grant recipients will be announced in the newsletter/Facebook and at the annual ArkAAN Conference.

Scholarship Research Award

Any current ARKAAN member who is a graduate student completing graduate-level research which significantly adds to the body of knowledge on academic advising.  Undergraduate students may be eligible when sponsored by a current ARKAAN member who is familiar with the individual research proposal.  Certification that the student is currently enrolled and is employed full-time in an advising position is required.

ArkAAN Emerging Leaders Graduate Scholarship

Do you know of a graduate student or a new professional with an interest in the academic advising profession? Here is your opportunity to nominate them for an ArkAAN Emerging Leader Scholarship. ArkAAN Emerging Leader Scholarships support the development of leaders in academic advising. Scholarships will cover registration for two professional development conferences (1) ArkAAN spring drive-in conference and, (2) the upcoming NACADA Region 7 Conference. 
(Applications are accepted in the spring semester.)

Best of State Presentation

Previous Best of State Presentations:

  • 2017: Donna Smith, University of Arkansas- Fayetteville “I didn’t get in to the BFA program, so I guess I’ll just make cat paintings: Advising Fine Arts students and turning perceived failure into new opportunities”