Call for Nominations for 2018 Commission Awards
Nomination Deadline is November 2, 2018

The Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Commission Awards. Nominees must fit the criteria for each award as designated under the description for the award. Please carefully follow the instructions below to nominate a candidate.  All awardees will be publicly recognized at Convention, highlighted on the Commission's website, and recognized in the Commission's newsletter.

Award: All nominations are to be submitted via our online submission page. Click here to submit a nomination and upload the requested documents to nominate an individual, program, or institution for a CGDSD Award.  

Nominations: Anyone (whether an ACPA member or not) may submit nominations for these awards. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged but require a letter of support from a colleague/supervisor. Nominees do not have to be a current member of ACPA or CGDSD. 

Deadline: November 2, 2018

For more information, if you have questions, or need assistance, please contact the Awards Coordinator, Lauren Murphy.   

Congratulations to the 2017 Commission Award Winners

Each year the CGDSD Awards acknowledge and celebrate individual and organization contributions to the profession. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients. Learn more about the Commission's Past Award Winners.


Service to the International Community Award 
Dr. Ken Guan, Indiana University

This award recognizes an individual for outstanding service to the international community and demonstrated a history of involvement and leadership, over several years, to the international student affairs community. Dr. Ken Guan, from Indiana Unviersity, will receive the Service to the International Community award. Through his work at Indiana University and his volunteerism, Dr. Guan is noted for centering his research on international issues, but also his work in the CGDSD and developing the international channel for ACPA Video on Demand. 

Ken Guan


Outstanding International Education Initiative Award
Temple University: #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign 

This Outstanding International Education Initiative award recognizes programming and other educational initiatives that support international education and the global dimensions of student development. This year’s Outstanding International Education Initiative goes to Temple University’s #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign. This program worked to affirm that international students were welcome in the United States and to join the Temple University community, despite the current political administration.  This program reached out to students via the use of hashtag and video media, and students have expressed gratitude and relief from seeing this campaign. 

#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign


Excellence in International Research
Dr. Kaitlin Cicchetti, George Mason University  

Dr. Kaitlin Cicchetti, Director of Advancement at George Mason University, will receive this year’s Excellence in International Research award. This award recognizes an individual who has  completed an outstanding research project of educational and intrinsic value to international education and recognizes significant scholarly contributions to knowledge about international education and/or international student affairs and services. Dr. Cicchetti's Dissertation research “Home Away from Home? A Case Study of Student Transitions to an International Branch Campus,” focused on understanding transition experiences of students attending an international branch campus in South Korea. Her findings revealed that participant input variables, peer support, and a connection between the home and international branch greatly impacted student’s transition experience.  

Kaitlin Oyler, Director of Advancement at George Mason University