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Lifetime Achievement Award (2017 Updated!)

Contribution to Knowledge Award  (2017 Updated!)

Contribution to Higher Education Award  (2017 Updated!)

Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award  (2017 Updated!)

Excellence in Practice Award  (2017 Updated!)

Marylu McEwen Dissertation of the Year  (2017 Updated!)

ACPA Collaborative Excellence Award  (2017 Updated!)

Presidential Citation Award

Voice of Inclusion Medallions - Program and Individual  (2017 Updated!)

Senior Student Affairs Practitioner Program Award

Emerging and Senior Scholars Awards  (2017 Updated!)

Annuit Coeptis Emerging and Senior Professionals Awards  (2017 Updated!)

Champion of Sustainability Award  (2017 Updated!)

Overall Commission Awards

Overall State Chapter & International Division Awards

Overall Coalition Awards

Individual Commission, Coalition, and Community of Practice Awards

General Nomination Process

You may nominate yourself or another individual for any of the above awards. Awards have different coordinators, so please read the descriptions carefully. Nomination letters should include an outline of the person or group's contributions based on the criteria for the award and may be accompanied by additional letters of support from other individuals. Nominees may be contacted for additional information should the selection committee need it.

In addition to this general nomination process, a Nominating Committee, comprised of a broad representation of previous award winners and leaders within the association, will generate a list of nominations for the first five award categories listed below. The association's Awards Selection Committee will consider nominations from both the general process and nominating committee.

Entity leaders (Commissions, Coalition, Communities of Practice, State Division and International Division chairs and presidents) may request recognition certificates by completing the Certificate Request Form

Past Award Recipients

Congratulations to all 2016 Award winners! Photos from the awards ceremony may be viewed here.[1] 

Association-Wide Commission Awards

Commission awards will be awarded in the following categories: Excellent Contribution to ACPA Strategic Priorities, Excellence in Research and Scholarship, Excellence in Programming and Professional Development, Excellence in Innovation, Distinguished Commission Directorate Member, and Distinguished Commission Chair. In addition, the Overall Distinguished Commission  Award is granted to the Commission that demonstrates, through its breadth of achievements, outstanding contributions toward meeting one or more of the strategic planning goals of the Association.

Deadline: November 18, 2016  Contact Amy Franklin-Craft (Assembly Coordinator for Commissions) at for more information or to submit a nomination.

Association-Wide State and International Division Awards

These awards include: Outstanding State & International Division Award; Outstanding State & International Division Leader Award; Outstanding State & International Division Award for Innovation; and Outstanding State & International Division Award for Membership Recruitment & Retention.

Deadline: November 18, 2016   Contact Jason Cotrell at for more information or to submit a nomination.

Association-Wide Coalition Awards

The ACPA Coalition Advocate Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the values and advocate on behalf of the Coalitions of ACPA. Individuals should demonstrate a significant commitment to social justice through either their involvement in Coalition activities or in representing and advancing Coalition values and concerns. One does not need to be a leader within a Coalition to receive this award. This award is intended to recognize sustained and lengthy service and/or advocacy.

Deadline: November 18, 2016. Contact Jennifer Ferrell at for more information or to submit a nomination. Find out more information here.


If you have any questions about the awards information or awards program, please contact ACPA Awards Committee Chairs, Eddie Wright (entity awards), and Lee Hawthorne (major awards).

ACPA Collaborative Excellence Award

The ACPA Collaborative Excellence awards recognize a program (institution or department) which has demonstrated an exemplary partnership or an innovative, collaborative initiative among academic and student affairs professionals/departments. There are two categories for recognition: one for partnerships that have existed for a sustained period of more than one year and one for outstanding one-...

Annuit Coeptis Award - Emerging Professional

The Annuit Coeptis Award honors five emerging professionals at a dinner where there can be wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues. The dinner carries on a tradition established by Professor Philip A. Tripp and Ursula Delworth who dearly loved to challenge his contemporaries and junior colleagues in a spirit of personal and professional sharing, high good humor and...

Annuit Coeptis Award - Senior Professional

Each year up to three Senior Professionals and up to five Emerging Professionals are accepted. These individuals are honored for their contributions to the fields of administration, teaching, research, and publications. Service to ACPA and leadership are also factors that should be considered. This award celebrates the lives of Philip A. Tripp and Ursula Delworth, who dearly loved to challenge...

Champion of Sustainability Award

The Champion of Sustainability Award is granted each year to the individual or group that best models the triple bottom line of sustainability: Healthy Environments, Social Justice, and Strong Economies. Nomination Instructions You may nominate yourself or another individual. To nominate someone, send a nomination letter including the nominee's telephone number, and e-mail address by November...

Contribution to Higher Education Award

This award recognizes someone who has advanced a higher education agenda through work at the institutional, regional, and/or national level. The recipient would be someone who has worked outside the association to contribute to the higher education landscape and has, in a meaningful way, enhanced the work done on college campuses and/or with college students. The recipient of this award can be (...

Contribution to Knowledge Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession's body of knowledge through publications, films, speeches, instructions, tapes, and other forms of communication. Mary Frances Howard-Hamilton, Indiana State University Raechele L. Pope, University of Buffalo

Emerging Scholars Award

The Emerging Scholars Program was implemented by the ACPA Senior Scholars in 1999. The Emerging Scholars Program supports, encourages, and honors early-career individuals who are emerging as contributors to student affairs and higher education scholarship and who are pursuing research initiatives congruent with the mission, interests, and strategic goals of ACPA. Emerging Scholar Program...

Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award

This award honors the life and work of one of the earliest pioneers and shapers of our profession, Esther Lloyd-Jones. The award recipient exemplifies the profession's commitment to service through significant, continued, and unselfish service/leadership activities that have benefited the profession, ACPA and the profession's practice on the state and national level.

Excellence in Practice Award

This award is presented to practitioners whose designs and program implementations as well as services for their campus are based on the best national practices in student affairs. The association intends to honor practitioners who have been responsible for achievements that impact a campus for a sustained period of time (five to ten years).

Excellence in Publications Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

The ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have a minimum of two decades or other exhibited long-term involvement and services to the field of student affairs and/or higher education over an extended period of time; recognized level of scholarly productivity; and/or leadership at one or more institutions of higher learning as a Student Affairs and/or Higher Education staff...

Marylu McEwen Dissertation of the Year Award

ACPA The purpose of this award is to recognize a completed dissertation that demonstrates scholarly excellence and makes a substantial contribution to knowledge in the general field of student affairs/student services. It may be in any scholarly tradition or methodology and focus on any topic in the field. Eligible dissertations must have met all requirements of the applicant's institution and...

Presidential Citation Award

Additional Information The Presidential Citation is awarded by the discretion of the ACPA President based on their observation and/or direct work with the individual, consequently, there is no formal nomination process in place for this award. This honor is rarely bestowed upon members of the Association, for lifelong service and extraordinary contributions to the profession of student affairs...

Senior Scholars Award

Call for Nominations: ACPA Senior Scholars Program ACPA implemented its Senior Scholars Program in 1984. ACPA Senior Scholars advocate for the integration of scholarship into the practice of student affairs. Senior Scholars, through the creation of an engaged scholar network, keep abreast of promising work and identify critical issues that could benefit from inquiry and attention. The Senior...

Senior Student Affairs Practitioner Program Award

State Chapter & International Division Awards

Deadline to nominate is November 18, 2016. State/International Chapter Awards coordinated by Jason Cottrell (Assembly Coordinator for State Chapters) and Eddie Wright, the Entity Group Award Coordinator. For questions, please contact Eddie at for more information or to submit a nomination. Below are the State Chapter & International Division Awards for 2017 Overall State...

Voice of Inclusion Medallion - Exemplary Program Award

The Voice of Inclusion Medallion recognizes exemplary campus-based programs in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs that have in some way contributed to making their campus communities a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Recipients of this award have responded to an assessed need in the areas of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice through well-developed and...

Voice of Inclusion Medallion - Individual Award

The Voice of Inclusion Medallion recognizes individuals in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs that have in some way contributed to making their campus communities a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Recipients of this award have responded to a need in the areas of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice through well-developed and creative programs and practice...