Research and Writing Awards

Application Procedures

Each year, the Professional Preparation Commission acknowledges the outstanding scholarship of graduate students in higher education and student affairs programs through the presentation of research and writing awards. We are pleased to announce the criteria, application process, and deadline for this year’s awards process. Recipients will be recognized at the annual ACPA National Convention.

There are currently four research and writing awards in the Professional Preparation Commission. They include:

The purpose of these awards is to honor the writing and research of students enrolled (and those who earned their degrees between March 2017-August 2018) in graduate preparation programs in student affairs or higher education.

Prepare your entry as follows:

 

Entries not prepared in this manner may not be considered for an award. You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your entry and its eligibility. The judges reserve the right to make no award in any category.

Description of Awards

Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award
This award recognizes research by a doctoral student or students which must entail original, journal-quality, research that brings greater understanding to the learning or development of students or the organization and administration of student affairs practice. The award is $400. 

Submissions should not exceed 7,500 words (approximately 30 double-spaced pages), including references, tables, and figures. All writing must strictly conform to the American Psychological Association 6th edition style manual. Content and style should be appropriate for a professional journal in higher education.  Click here for a list of past recipients.

Gerald Saddlemire Masters Research Award
Submissions must be from students in a Master’s student affairs graduate preparation program (or someone who graduated December 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018). Submissions must entail original, journal quality research that gives insight into the learning or development of students or the organization and administration of student affairs practice. The amount of the award is $400.

Submissions must not exceed 3,500 words (approximately 15 double-spaced pages), including references, tables, and figures. All writing must strictly conform to the American Psychological Association 6th edition style manual. Content and style should be appropriate for a professional journal in higher education.  Click here for a list of past recipients.

Roberta Christie Essay Award

This award is presented to a current graduate student for writing an essay that best captures the learning goals of the convention.The amount of the award is $200. Please describe how you will benefit in at least two of the goal areas by attending the convention. After attending the convention, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify learning scenarios in uncommon places, including and beyond traditional educational programs, to maximize professional growth opportunities;
  • Discuss global and contemporary critical concepts in higher, post-secondary, and tertiary education;
  • Examine perspectives on scholarship and practice to expand viewpoints and apply new understandings;
  • Demonstrate an increase in active use of the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies;
  • Construct meaningful connections with other student and academic affairs and services professionals;
  • Develop a plan to reflect on and take their learning back to their professional home. 

Entries must not exceed five double-spaced pages (excluding any references). Click here for a list of past recipients.

Nevitt Sanford Award
The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance for research within student affairs. The award may be used to help support dissertations, theses, or specific graduate student research projects. The amount of the award is $400.

Entries must not exceed three double-spaced pages (excluding references). Entries must address the purpose, methodology, and significance of the research and how the award money would be spent.  Click here for a list of past recipients.

Past Award Winners

Burns B. Crookston Doctoral
Research Award

1977 - Kathleen Plato, Miami University

1978 - No recipient

1979 - Kathleen Sullivan, University of Mississippi

1980 - Kathy Stury, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

1981- -Frances Johnson

1984 - Ronald Slepitza

1985 - No recipient

1986 - Brent Mallinckrodt, Colorado State University

1987 - No recipient

1988 - Barbara Palombi, Michigan State University

1989 - Nancy Stiller

1990 - Emily Rosten, Univ of New York - Albany

1991 - No recipient

1992 - No recipient

1993 - James Earle

1994 - No recipient

1995 - No recipient

1996 - LeAnn Ambrose, University of Iowa

1997 - No recipient

1998 - Tracy L. Davis, University of Iowa

1999 - No recipient

2000 - No recipient

2001 - No recipient

2002 - Dafina Lazarus Stewart, The Ohio State University

2003 -Reynol Junco, Pennsylvania State University

2004 - Jocelyn Surla Banaria, Univ of Hawaii at Manoa

2005 - Courtney H. Thornton, North Carolina State Univ

2006 - John P. Dugan, University of Maryland, College Park

2007 - Angela Kellogg, University of Iowa

2008 - Keith E. Edwards, Univ of Maryland, College Park

2009 - Brian Cullaty, University of Virginia

2010 - Jody Jessup-Anger

2011 - Amy Franklin Craft, Michigan State University

2012 - Georgianna Martin, University of Iowa

2013 - Lissa Place, Iowa State University

2014 - Alison VonBergen-Wells, University of Houston

2015 - Denise N. Williams, Iowa State University

2016 - Nathan M. Slife, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2017 - Rebecca Crandall, The Ohio State University

2018 - Crystal Garcia, Auburn

Gerald Saddlemire Masters
Research Award

1987 - John Hancock, Western Illinois University

1988 - No recipient

1989 - No recipient

1990 - Hariet Swartz, Springfield College

1991 - Diana Robertson, Western Illinois University

1992 - No recipient

1993 - Tracy Davis

1994 - Steve Grande, University of Maryland, College Park

1995 - Elizabeth Abbott

1996 - No recipient

1997 - No recipient

1998 - Heather Rowan and Leanne Cannon, BGSU

1999 - No recipient

2000 - No recipient

2001 - Christopher Liang

2002 - Nicole R. Letawsky, Cornell University

2003 - Emily B. Mann, University of Rhode Island

2004 - No recipient

2005 - Rebecca Zonies, University of Maryland

2006 - Lucy LePeau, Indiana University

2007 - No recipient

2008 - James R. Neumeister, U of Maryland, College Park

2009 - Kate Daniel & Kevin Lobdell, Univ of Connecticut, with Chelsea Roman & Rita Britonny

2010 - Emily Goodson & Stephanie Austin

2011 - Pier Gutierrez, Dallas Carter, Neeta Chandrasheklar, Corrine Hawes, Michael Metzger, and Beth Springate; University of Connecticut

2012 - Ashley Fowler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2013 - Cindy Kilgo, University of Iowa

2014 - Carrie Klein, George Mason University

2015 - Kathryn Angles, George Mason University

2016 - No recipient

2017 - Kelsey Elam-Geuting, Western Oregon University

2018 - Kerri Musick, Penn State Univeristy

Roberta Christie
Essay Award

1987 - Nancy Rivera, Kansas State

1988 - Chris Murchinson, U of Vermont

1989 - Ross Barnhart

1990 - Karen Martin, Kansas State University

1991 - No recipient

1992 - Bernard Franklin, Kansas State

1993 - Wendy Endres, Bowling Green State University

1994 - Cary Anderson

1995 - No Recipient

1996 - Maren Lawson, Penn State University

1997 - Stephanie Wilenchek, Kent State University

1998 - Yesenia Sanchez-Giancola, Loyola U-Chicago

1999 - No recipient

2000 - Wendy Williamson, Western Michigan University

2001 - No recipient

2002 - Lisa K. Murashige, New York University

2003 - Sara Bleiberg, New York University

2004 - Danielle J. Davis, University of Illinois

2005 - Sheryl Leah Mauricio, Univ of Southern California

2006 - No recipient

2007 - No recipient

2008 - No recipient

2009 - Margaret Bertram, University of Connecticut

2010 - Chris-Corces-Zimmerman

2011 - Jeff Manning, Miami University

2012 - No Recipient

2013 - No Recipient

2014 - Jessica Gunzburger, Miami University

2015 - Alandis Johnson, Miami University

2016 - No Recipient

2017 - Amber Hamilton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Nevitt Sanford
Writing Award

1989 - No recipient

1990 - No recipient

1991 - No recipient

1992 - Donna Talbot, U of Maryland-College Park

1993 - David Hoffman, U of Maryland-College Park

1994 - No recipient

1995 - No recipient

1996 - John Seabreeze, U of Maryland-College Park

1997 - Maureen Wilson, Ohio State University

1998 - Tracy Tyree, U of Maryland, College Park

1999 - No recipient

2000 - No recipient

2001 - Dawn E. DeToro, U of Arizona (1st)
           Ricardo Montelongo, Indiana U (2nd);
           Leslie McNeilus,U of Northern Iowa (3rd)

2002 - Scott Smith, Ohio State University

2003 - Elisa S. Abes, Ohio State University
           Catherine A. Buyarski, University ofMinnesota

2004 - Jennifer L. Weisman, University of Maryland - College Park

2005 - Kristen Vogt, University of Maryland, College Park

2006 - Jeannie B. Leonard, U of Maryland, College Park

2007 - Wanda Viento, Western Michigan University

2008 - John P. Dugan, University of Maryland, College Park
           Eric R. Jessup Anger, Michigan State University

2009 - V. Leilani Kupo, Bowling Green State University

2010 - D. Eric Archer, Oklahoma State University

2011 - Mary Beth Dreschlser U of Maryland, College Park

2012 - Rosemary Perez University of Michigan

2013 - Brian McGowan, Indiana University

2014 - Ginny M. Jones, University of Georgia

2015 - Tara D. Hudson, North Carolina State University

2016 - Reginald A. Blockett, Indiana University, Bloomington

2017 - Graham F. Hunter, Michigan State University

2018 - Kaleb L. Briscoe, University of Nebraska Lincoln