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NASPAA Awards 2018

NASPAA values the hard work that public service education faculty, administrators, and students put into teaching, researching, and practicing public service. Annually, NASPAA recognizes outstanding achievement in these fields through awards presented at the NASPAA Annual Conference.

View the 2017 and past awards recipients.

Awards are given out in the following categories:

- Alumni
- Doctoral Candidates
- Faculty/Teaching and Mentoring
- Social Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice
- JPAE Submissions
- Pi Alpha Alpha

NASPAA is now accepting nominations for all awards. Nominations for all awards are due on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Submit nominations to awards@naspaa.org with the name of the nominee and award name in the subject line.

Questions regarding NASPAA Awards? Contact awards@naspaa.org.
 


Alumni:

Alumni Spotlight Award

NASPAA welcomes nominations for the NASPAA Alumni Spotlight Award. Shine the spotlight on alumni who have devised innovative solutions to public sector problems. The recipients will be featured in a video to be shown at our Annual conference and on our website. The will also receive a trip to the NASPAA Annual Conference  where they will be publicly recognized.

Why have a contest?
It is critical that we show the world (especially policymakers and prospective students) that our schools change the world in very concrete ways. We need you to help us shine a spotlight on graduates who innovate, impact and inspire.

Who can be nominated?
NASPAA will honor an alumnus of BOTH a large university and small university!! Nominees from all levels of government as well as the nonprofit and consulting sectors are welcome.

(NOTE: We will only recognize individuals who have made a concrete difference in the past five years. This contest is not a lifetime achievement award.)

Who can nominate?
All (but only) NASPAA members can participate. Faculty, staff, alumni and students are eligible to submit nominations.

How to nominate?
Nominations must be submitted by Friday, June 1, 2018. Nominations require a short statement (500 words maximum) describing the specific action or example of the nominee's contribution, along with any outcomes the nominee was responsible for. Links to news stories, websites or testimonials are encouraged.

Who will select?
Nominations will be reviewed by members of NASPAA’s Marketing Committee using the following criteria:

  • Clear and concise explanation of the problem, impact and improvement
  • Measurement of the impact (quantitatively or qualitatively)
  • Testimonials and facts that demonstrate the improvement was both needed and “made a difference”

Finalists will be verified by the selection committee and notified of their standing in August.


Doctoral Candidates:

Staats Emerging Scholars Award
Recognizes up to three PhD candidates who will be job seeking for an academic position in the coming academic year. Candidates will be selected to present a paper at the annual conference in front of national and international public service education leaders who make hiring decisions. To qualify, applicants must be a PhD or DPA student at a NASPAA member school, intend to seek an academic position in the 2018-19 school year, graduate before August 31, 2019, and be able to attend the NASPAA annual conference in Washington, D.C. To apply, candidates or advisors should email the following to awards@naspaa.org:

1: Completed paper which will serve as their 'job market paper'
2: Current CV
3: A nomination paragraph from a faculty member which certifies that the student is expected to graduate by August 31, 2019

Recipients will receive a $350 check, complimentary registration to the NASPAA Annual Conference, and up to $300 in travel reimbursement.

NASPAA Dissertation Award
Recognizes significant research completed by a doctoral candidate in the field of public policy, affairs, or administration; open to students who completed their dissertation between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Candidates must be nominated by their dissertation advisor and their institution’s principle representative to NASPAA. Only one nomination per institution is allowed. To apply, the dissertation advisor should email the following to awards@naspaa.org:

1. Copy of the completed dissertation in MS Word format (Word format is required since all personal identifying information is removed for a blind review)
2. This completed nomination form signed by the advisor and the NASPAA principal representative

Recipient will receive a $500 check, complimentary registration to the NASPAA Annual Conference, and up to $300 in travel reimbursement.

Note: Any school submitting a dissertation will be asked to have a representative serve on the annual dissertation review committee within 5 years of the submission. Each committee member will have 8 weeks to read 3-4 dissertations, rate them, and then participate in a conference call to discuss all submissions.


Faculty/Teaching and Mentoring:

Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award

The Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award was established in 2014 in honor of the late William (Bill) Duncombe because of his legacy in educating doctoral students. It recognizes a faculty member who displays similar qualities in going above and beyond in educating doctoral students across many years. Preference will be given to nominees with more than 10 years working with Ph.D. students.

To nominate a faculty member, please submit the following:
(1) A letter of nomination
(2) The nominee’s curriculum vitae
(3) At least 5 letters of support from former or current Ph.D. students.

Information that would be helpful to the selection committee include:

  1. How many doctoral students has your nominee mentored, over what time period?
  2. How long has your nominee been mentoring doctoral students?
  3. In what way has your nominee’s mentoring of doctoral students been exemplary? Provide as many specific examples as possible.
  4. Please provide citations to publications and conference papers if your nominee has co-authored with Ph.D. students.
  5. Explain how your nominee’s mentoring helped specific doctoral students reach their goals.
  6. If your nominee has received positive reviews for his/her mentorship, please provide relevant non-confidential excerpts from those reviews.
  7. If your nominee has won a university mentorship award for working with doctoral students, please provide information about that award.
  8. Any other information you can marshal to support your nominee.
The winner will receive a $1,000 prize at the NASPAA Annual Conference.
 

Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognizes a NASPAA faculty member for excellence in teaching over an extended time period (generally ten years or more). The faculty member should demonstrate outstanding contributions and sustained excellence through course content, course presentation, quality of advising impact, teaching innovation, receipt of university teaching awards, etc. Nomination of faculty members with primary teaching responsibility at the Master’s level is especially encouraged. Nominations may be submitted by a colleague or a program director (preferred). Recipient will receive a $500 check. To apply, email the following documents as a single file to awards@naspaa.org; the file should not exceed 10 pages in length:

  1. One or two page letter that includes the most salient reasons why this person should be selected and signed by the nominator
  2. It is recommended, but not required, to submit a letter of support from 1 - 3 students.

Social Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice:

Diversity Award
The diversity award recognizes a program (not an individual) that exemplifies the highest standards of promoting and supporting diversity in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Research
  2. Teaching
  3. Service
Nominations can be submitted by an individual or a program and self-nominations are encouraged. To apply, email a one-page summary which includes the most salient reasons why the program should be selected to awards@naspaa.org.

Social Justice Curriculum Award
This award promotes the incorporation of a social justice lens into the core curriculum of a NASPAA school; a faculty member or faculty team will show how social justice principles have been incorporated into the syllabus and teaching activities of at least one core course. The recipient (a faculty member or faculty team) will receive a $1,000 check. Nominations can be submitted by an individual or a program and self-nominations are encouraged. To apply, email the following to awards@naspaa.org:

  1. One-page summary which includes the most salient reasons why the program should be selected
  2. A copy of the course syllabus should be included with nominating email.

Social Equity Award
The social equity award recognizes a program (not an individual) that exemplifies the highest standards in of promoting and supporting social equity in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Research
  2. Teaching
  3. Service

Nominations can be submitted by an individual or a program and self-nominations are encouraged. To apply, email a one-page summary which includes the most salient reasons why the program should be selected to awards@naspaa.org.
 


JPAE Submissions:

Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) Outstanding Article Award
Recognizes the author(s) of a manuscript which appeared in JPAE and, from the viewpoint of the editors, makes the most outstanding contribution to public affairs education. Judging criteria includes the quality of theoretical grounding, significance of topic and findings, quality of writing, argument, and supporting evidence, creativity, and pedagogical value. The selection committee does not take nominations for this award.


Pi Alpha Alpha:

PAA Chapter Award of Excellence
Recognizes excellence in programming and chapter management in pursuit in the PAA goals of scholarship, leadership, and excellence in graduate public service education. To be considered, the chapter advisor should submit a short email or letter with the most salient reasons why they should be selected to awards@naspaa.org. The chapter's annual report will also be reviewed in the selection process.

PAA Chapter Advisor Award of Excellence
Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions in support of a PAA chapter. Advisors may be current or outgoing and can only receive the award once in a 5-year time span. Nominations can come from the individual, a student, or a faculty member. To be considered, the nominator should submit a short email or letter with the most salient reasons why this person should be selected to awards@naspaa.org. The chapter's annual report will also be reviewed in the selection process.

PAA Master's and Doctoral Student
Manuscript Awards
(Two awards: one for a Master's paper and one for a doctoral candidate paper)
Recognizes outstanding student papers. Nominated papers will be judged on the basis of relevance of the topic, appropriate use of methodology, quality of presentation, originality, innovativeness, clarity, and academic quality.

To apply, candidates should submit an electronic copy of the paper, in MS Word format, that does not exceed 20 pages double-spaced, and a letter of support from a faculty sponsor to awards@naspaa.org. The 20 pages is inclusive of all content; appendixes and references are not included in the 20 page limit.  Recipients will receive a $300 check and up to $300 travel reimbursement. Nominees do not need to be Pi Alpha Alpha members or a student at a PAA chapter school.


Questions about NASPAA's awards should be directed to awards@naspaa.org.

 
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