Commission for Student Conduct & Legal Issues Awards

The Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues acknowledges the contributions and achievements of colleagues in our field who have contributed to the Commission, existing research, and the profession as a whole. We are soliciting nominations through commission members, and recipients will be recognized at the commission's business meeting and ACPA's annual award ceremony. Read below for further information on the awards and nomination process. 


Awards (see descriptions below) 

·New Professional of the Year Award 
·Outstanding Service to the Commission Award 
·Outstanding Research in Student Conduct and Legal Issues
·Awards for Student Impact
·Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award 


Last Year's Award Winners:

New Professional of the Year Award
Matthew Armas, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Outstanding Research in Student Conduct and Legal Issues
Valerie Glassman, Duke University

Tracey R. Teele Memorial Award
SUNY Student Conduct Institute, The State University of New York


Nomination Process

The nomination form for all ACPA Commission Awards will be posted later this year. 

  • Anyone may submit nominations for these awards.
  • The nomination should include:
    • 1) A title page that includes the nominee's title, address, phone number, email, the name of the award for which they are being nominated and the nominator's name, title, address, phone number, and email;
    • 2) A statement (no more than 1000 words) describing the rationale for the nomination with a description of contributions deserving acknowledgement and supporting information about the nominee's professional contributions to the field.
  • Additional documentation such as the nominee's resume or letters of recommendations are welcomed but not required.

The due date for nomination materials has been extended to November 20, 2020.
Any questions can be directed to Mathew J.L. Shepard, the CSCLI Vice Chair for Administration, at [email protected]

To submit a nomination, complete the Commissions Award Form.
 
Additionally, for more information regarding awards from other ACPA Commissions, please visit this link: http://www.myacpa.org/awards/commissions

New Professional of the Year Award

This award recognizes the contribution of a new professional in student affairs who is involved in campus student conduct affairs and /or legal issues. This person should be known not only for their campus contributions but also for their involvement in expanding the field of student conduct affairs through membership(s) in professional associations, research, presentations, and authorship of articles. We are particularly interested in candidates who have implemented new initiatives that have made a difference on their campus and can be modeled by other institutions.

Nominee must have 10 years or less professional experience (post Master’s) in student affairs with 5 years or less in student conduct affairs and/or legal issues. Nominee must be a current member of ACPA. Nominee must be currently practicing in student affairs or in post-master’s degree study.


Outstanding Service to the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues Award

This award is determined on the basis of a member’s contribution of effort, energy, and time on behalf of the goals of Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. This may involve work on committees, convention, and programs related to Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. In addition, recruitment and retention of new members, work assisting newcomers to the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues, and the student affairs profession can be used in judging merit for this award.

Nominee must be a member of Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues for at least 2 years. Nominee must have attended 2 consecutive convention meetings of Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. Nominee must be a current member of ACPA.


Outstanding Research in Student Conduct and Legal Issues

This award recognizes research in areas applicable to campus discipline and legal issues in higher education. Research should contribute to the expansion of the profession’s body of knowledge concerning the application of due process, developmental theory, and legal or legislative mandates. Evidence of such contributions may include but are not limited to surveys, experimental research, historical treatment of current issues, literature reviews, or annotated bibliographies.

Research done by Nominee must have been done within the last 24 months prior to nomination. Nominee must be a current member of ACPA. Nominee must be currently practicing within student affairs or in post-master’s graduate study.


Award for Student Impact

This award is for an ACPA member who shows extraordinary abilities to connect with and educate students. The evidence of this could include skill in conducting an effective administrative convention in which the student really “gets it”, promoting community and student leadership by advising an active and educational peer board, creativity in developing appropriate educational sanctions to maximize a student’s learning experience, and/or developing innovative proactive programming to foster the integrity within each individual and the respect and commitment to one’s community.

This award may also be awarded to an office that has an extraordinary commitment to training and supporting staff to become conduits for the aforementioned skills. Individual nominees must be currently practicing within student affairs or in post-master’s graduate study and must be a member of ACPA (individual or institution membership) and office nominees must be an institutional member or have at least one ACPA individual member within the office.


Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the area of student conduct affairs and legal issues and is the highest award given by Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. This is not an annual award and can be awarded to an individual, group or institution that has demonstrated one of the following: 1. Development of an innovative approach to campus discipline. The approach may contribute to promoting individual student’s development or may contribute to furthering development of disciplinary processes in general. This approach must have been successfully modeled and implemented by others in the field. In all cases, the contribution will have a positive impact on the quality of the facilitation of student conduct affairs in higher education. 2. Contributions to expanding the field of student conduct affairs through research, instruction, publication authorship or service to ACPA or other professional organizations.

Individual nominee must be a member of ACPA (individual or institution membership) and group nominees must be an institutional member or have at least one ACPA individual member. Nominee must have 10 years or more professional experience (post Master’s).


Previous Award Winners:

New Professional of the Year Award

  • Matthew Armas, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2019-2020)
  • Denise Robb, Spring Hill College (2017)
  • Maggie Wetter, Ithaca College (2016)
  • Anna Krause, Indiana University (2015)
  • Shawn Isaacs (2013)
  • Sarah Clegg Crawford (2012)
  • John Haky (2010)
  • Kristen Kawcszynski (2004)
  • ​Jacquelyn Carr McHargue (2002)
  • Anitra Yusinski (2001)

Outstanding Sevice to the Commission

  • Alan Acosta, Florida State University (2018-2019)
  • Tamika Wordlow,  East Carolina University (2017-2018)
  • Jennifer McCary, Gettysburg College (2015-2016)
  • Ardy Gonyer, Bowling Green State University (2014-2015)
  • Lisa Evaneski, State University of New York - Oswego (2013-2014)
  • Christina Spearman, Loyola University Maryland (2012)
  • Jeffrey Shoup (2005)
  • Karen Poulin Presciano (2003)
  • Amy Ginther (1999)
  • Peter Brown (1996)

Outstanding Research in Student Conduct and Legal Issues

  • Valerie Glassman, Duke University (2019-2020)
  • Katye Kaminski, Montana State University (2018-2019)
  • JW Tabacchi, Point Park University (2017-2018)
  • Matthew Stimpson (2009)
  • Gavin Henning (2008)
  • John Wesley Lowery (1996)

Award for Student Impact

  • Douglas Stoves, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2017-2018)
  • Hannah Durrant, Smith College (2017-2018)
  • Valerie Glassman, Duke University (2017)
  • Cesar Figueroa, University of California, San Diego (2016)
  • Office of Student Life, Loyola University Maryland (2015)
  • Julianne Ohotnicky, Smith College (MA) (2014)
  • Lisa Evaneski (2013)
  • Tony Jakubisin (2012)

Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award

  • SUNY Student Conduct Institute, The State University of New York (2019-2020)
  • Karen Boyd, University of Tennessee (2015-2016)
  • John Wesley Lowery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2014 & 2005)
  • Kristin Kawcszynski (2012)
  • Frank Adraiolo (1996)
  • Gary Pavela (1995)
  • Rodney Peterson (1994)
  • Lisa Phelps & Michael Burchell (1993)
  • Gleen Maloney (1992)
  • Susan Dunton & Kathleen Smith (1989)