Awards

NECPA Awards are the highest honor and recognition NECPA provides the profession.  They are an opportunity to recognize accomplishments, highlight best practices, and spotlight scholarship.  NECPA Awards recognize scholars, practitioners, students, and change agents impacting the lives of students and our profession every day throughout New England.

Please consider nominating yourself, colleagues, and programs for any of these awards. Descriptions can be found below.

  • Champion of Equity and Inclusion
  • Graduate Student of the Year
  • Emerging Professional of the Year
  • Accomplished Leader of the Year
  • Pillar of Mentorship
  • Innovative Programming of the Year
  • Contribution to Knowledge
  • Spectacular Service to NECPA

Awards Cycle Timeline

Nomination forms availableOctober 1, 2019
Nomination Form closes at 12 midnight ESTOctober 25, 2019
Awards announced to membershipDecember 3, 2019

Why Recognize?

  • Say thank you to peers, mentors, colleagues, departments, and institutions
  • Amplify the work and efforts of those around us
  • Highlight accomplishments, best practices, and change agents
  • Support the NECPA and ACPA values and mission
  • Connect people and programs to our 40+ years of history

To nominate, go here.

For a list of past award winners, go here.

Award Descriptions

Champion of Equity and Inclusion

Purpose: NECPA, along with ACPA, recognizes that as an Association and profession, we are all enriched when every member is able to participate and contribute in meaningful ways. The Champion of Equity and Inclusion award honors an individual that has made significant progress in creating a campus climate that is more equitable, inclusive, and just.

Criteria: Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in the field of higher education. All areas of diversity should be considered, including but not limited to, gender identity, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, and country of origin. Nominations should highlight specific examples so it is clear to the selection committee how the nominee was effective in creating an equitable and inclusive environment. Preference will be given to those who empower and advocate for multiple marginalized communities, as all forms of oppression are linked.

Graduate Student of the Year

Purpose: The Graduate Student of The Year award recognizes a masters or doctoral student who has demonstrated commitment to the field of higher education through noticeable contributions and innovation in their work in their graduate programs, assistantships, internships, professional positions, and/or professional organizations.

Criteria: Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate or doctoral program or have received a degree in the calendar year for which nominations are taking place. Nominations should highlight specific examples of the candidate’s contributions and impact. Preference given to members of NECPA and/or ACPA.

Emerging Professional of the Year

Purpose: The Emerging Professional of the Year award recognizes a new professional distinguishing themselves who has demonstrated commitment to the field of higher education through noticeable contributions and innovation in their work at their home institution and/or professional organizations.

Criteria: Candidates should be employed at an institution of higher education within the first five years of professional experience since the completion of a master’s degree. Nominations should highlight specific examples of the candidate’s contributions and impact. Preference given to members of NECPA and/or ACPA.

Accomplished Leader of the Year

Purpose: The Accomplished Leader of the Year award recognizes a mid-level professional who has demonstrated commitment to the field of higher education through noticeable contributions and innovation in their work at their home institution and/or professional organizations.

Criteria: Candidates should have more than 5 years of professional experience, but should not currently hold a senior-level role. Nominations should highlight specific examples of the candidate’s contributions and impact. Preference given to members of NECPA and/or ACPA.

Pillar of Mentorship

Purpose: The Pillar of Mentorship award recognizes a senior-level professional who has shown an exceptional commitment to the field of Higher Education. This individual’s service and leadership in the student affairs profession has made significant contributions to colleagues, peers, and students at their home institution and beyond.

Criteria: Candidates should be employed at an institution of higher education with at least ten years of professional experience and currently hold a senior-level role. Nominations should highlight specific examples of the candidate’s contributions and impact.These examples may include, but are not limited to: publications, presentations, research, education, and mentorship.

Innovative Programming of the Year

Purpose: The Innovative Programming of the Year award recognizes an innovative and/or outstanding program that was either developed or reimagined within the past two years and has had a significant impact on the program’s community.

Criteria: Nominated programs must have taken place within the past year. Programs will be evaluated on creativity and innovation of program design; alignment with institutional, divisional, departmental, or position goals and outcomes; achievement of outcomes of the program; and institutional collaboration.

Contribution to Knowledge

Purpose: The Contribution to Knowledge award recognizes an individual or group for an outstanding contribution to higher education knowledge creation

Criteria: Candidates for the Contribution to Knowledge award will be evaluated based on an example of scholarly contribution (could include: masters, doctoral, or post-doc level research projects, teaching statements, grant applications, published work, or professional presentations), that demonstrate the nominees’ dedication to impacting and advancing the field of higher education.

Spectacular Service to NECPA

Purpose: The Spectacular Service to NECPA award recognizes a member of NECPA who has served the organization within the past year in and outstanding capacity.

Criteria: Candidates for the Spectacular Service to NECPA award must be current members of NECPA and have made significant contributions to the organization within the past year. Nominations for current board members are not eligible for consideration.

President’s Award

Purpose: The President’s Award is an ad hoc award to recognize an individual or organization who has significantly impacted NECPA.

Criteria: Recipients of the President’s Award have provided significant support or service to the New England College Personnel Association. The timeline for consideration is not limited. Contributions made as an elected or appointed board member, committee chair or member, or as a general member are eligible for consideration.