Information for Upcoming Awards Coming Soon


Service to the Profession 
2013 - Lisa S. Kelsay, Moraine Valley Community College
2012 - Darl Drummond, College of Lake County
2011 - Deborah Casey-Powell, Green River Community College
2010 - Randy L. Dean, Richard Bland College 
2009 - Nancy W. Bentley, Moraine Valley Community College
2008 - Sarah Evenson-Merranko, College of Southern Maryland
2007 - Not awarded
2006 - Kari Kahler, Northwestern Michigan College
2005 - Nancy W. Bentley, Moraine Valley Community College
2001 – Sallie Kiggins, Lower Columbia College

Chairperson's Award
2003 - Wilson Luna, Gateway Community College

Service to the Commission
2003 - Marian Wilson, Cincinnati State and Technical College
2003 - Evan Montague, Lansing Community College

Outstanding New Professional
2014 - Ashley Hixson, St. Clair County Community College
2013 - Michele Hunolt, State Fair Community College
2012 - Matt Ruhland, Century College
2011 - John Hackey, Eastern Utah University
2010 – Marcus Peanort, Montgomery College
2006 - Claire Yurovchak, Western Nevada Community College
2005 - Sally Barton Dingee--Monroe Community College

Research Award/Outstanding Research
2014 - Mei-Yen Ireland, The Ohio State University 
2007 - Carolyn Palmer, Bowling Green State University
2004 - Thadtisha McCoy, University of Maryland, community college topic for Master's Thesis
2001 – Jennifer B. Wimbish, Lansing Community College, “Listening to the voice of students:  Course completion in an on-line environment”

Innovative New Program
2014 - Lorrie Budd - Community College of Baltimore County 
2013 - Los Medanos College Transfer Academy, Los Medanos College
2012 - "Safe Campus Advocates," Spokane College’s
2011 - "See Yourself Here," Normandale Community College
2010 – Office of Residence Life, Onondaga Community College
2009 - "Discover Santiago Canyon College: Orientation to College Life," Santiago Canyon College
2008 – “Intern/Employer Meeting,” Moraine Valley Community College

Outstanding Publications Award
2001 – “Evaluating differences in college student career decision making on the basis of disability status”  Career Development Quarterly, December 1999.  Darrell Anthony Luzzo, Mt. Hood Community College; William E. Hitchings, St. Ambrose University’ Paul Retish, University of Iowa; and Andrew Shoemaker, University of Iowa

Outstanding Use of Technology (new in 2010)
2012 - Phi Theta Kappa International
2010 – Jamin Bartolomeo & Julie Levinson, Montgomery College

NextGen Scholarship Recipient
2013 - Tatev Papikyan, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
2012 - Brianne Schwarz, Uuniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

COMMISSION AWARDS PRESENTED BY ACPA to the Commission for Two-Year Colleges
2013 - Overall Distinguished Accomplishment Award
2011 - Award for Excellence:  Membership and Recruitment                      
2010 - Award for Excellence: Publications
2006 - Award for Excellence: Publications
2000 - Award for Excellence: Publications
2000 - ACPA Affirmative Action Immigrants
2000 - Award for Excellence- Professional Achievement
1996 - Award for Excellence: Publications
1995 - Distinguished Accomplishment Award
1994 - Distinguished Accomplishment Award
1993 - Award for Excellence:  Programming
1992 - Award for Excellence: Publications


Previous Award Descriptions and Criteria 

These prestigious awards are recognized at the national convention and serve as means to  honor  our colleagues, recognize ourstanding programs, and bring forth new areas of knowledge.  Please review the various commission awards below and think about nominating yourself, a colleague, a  publication, a new use of technology, or a piece of research.  All awards are chosen by representatives within the commission and award winners are honored at our national convention.   These awards include:

Service to the Profession
This award is given to an individual who has a history of distinguished involvement to Student Affairs/Student Development in the two-year college movement.


  • Employment at a two-year college during the period for which they are being nominated
  • Seven years or more of continuous full-time employment at a two-year college in some area of Student Affairs/Student Development
  • A cover letter of application or nomination detailing the reasons for the nomination/application

New Professional at a Two-Year College Award
This award recognizes a new professional employed at a two-year college who has displayed outstanding professional potential and commitment to Student Affairs/Student Development in the two-year college. A new professional is an individual who has begun working at a two-year college within the past five years.


  • Employment at a two-year college during the period for which they are being nominated.
  • Five years or less of continuous full-or part-time employment in a two-year college.
  • A cover letter of application or nomination detailing the reasons for the application/nomination.

Outstanding Publication
This award is given to a program or organizational entity at a two-year college which produces a publication which is creative and effective in reaching out and communicating to the constituents it was designed to serve.


  • A two-year college must have developed and created the publication.
  • A copy of the publication must be submitted.
  • A detailed letter of nomination or application must be submitted that identifies the outstanding qualities of the publication and its relationship to Student Affairs/Student Development at the two-year college.

Pipeline to the Profession 
This award recognizes an individual who, through mentoring, has guided new professionals or graduate students towards a career working within Two-Year Colleges 


  • Employment at a Two-Year College during the period for which they are being honored
  • Five Years or more continuous full-or part-time employment in a two-year college
  • A detailed letter or application must be submitted that identifies the outstanding examples of mentorship and guidance.

Promising Practice in Social Justice
This award is given to a person or institution at a two-year college that develops and implements a program or practice that is inclusive of a historically underrepresented group, promotes equity on their campus, or encourages thoughtful contemplation of social justice. 


  • This program or practice must have been developed and implemented at a two-year college.
  • A copy of the program or practice must be submitted.
  • A detailed letter of application or nomination must accompany the nomination/application stating why this program or practice meets the description above.  

Research Award
The Research Award is granted to a research project or research article that investigates or reviews a current community college issue and provides insight into factors that will improve or enhance student learning or development.  Award recipients may be graduate students, practitioners, or college and university faculty members.  The recipient must agree to submit his/her research results to the Commission for Student Development in the Two-Year College to be published in the commission newsletter. 


  • The application must contain the purpose of the study, the major objectives of the study and a timeline for completion
  • The proposal must focus on a current issue in community colleges and provide insight into factors to improve or enhance student learning. 
  • The research project must conform to the award winner’s institutional human subject policies.
    The applicant must be an ACPA member.


Previous Aplication Process

If you would like to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a program for any of the awards listed above Please submit the information below along with the required information listed under criteria to the Awards Chair at the email listed below (email is preferred). 

  • Name of Award for which you are applying
  • Name of Applicant
  • Institution
  • Address 
  • Applicant’s email address
  • Applicant’s phone number
  • Name of Nominator (if applicable)
  • Institution of Nominator
  • Address of Nominator
  • Nominator’s email address
  • Nominator’s phone number
  • Supervisor of Applicant
  • Supervisor’s email address
  • Supervisor’s phone number