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Meet the Esteemed Diamond Honorees for 2018

Dear Colleagues,

As the 2017 calendar year comes to a close, we hope you will join us in recognizing the 2018 Class of ACPA Diamond Honorees! Now is the time to celebrate their commitment to ACPA and our profession, and remember that your donation is tax-deductible. Meet the esteemed group of student affairs and services educators and leaders for 2018.

All are invited to celebrate their accomplishments and our profession at the ACPA 2018 Annual Convention in Houston TX, USA.

Make your contribution in honor of a Diamond Honoree now, and join the ranks of Student Affairs Professionals changing the lives of students in higher education!

Kathleen G. Kerr & Heidi Levine
2018 ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Co-Chairs

Diamond Honoree

ACPA Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Diamond Honoree

ACPA Foundation 2018 Diamond Honoree Call for Nominations
31 July 2017

ACPA Foundation is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2018.

Nominees should have demonstrated sustained contributions to ACPA, higher education, and the Student Affairs profession at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels. Following review of the nominations received by the ACPA Foundation Board of Trustees, the ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2018 will be selected.

While a Diamond Honoree Award serves to recognize significant contributions, the program is also an important fundraiser for the Association. Contributions in recognition of the ACPA Diamond Honorees support the research, scholarship, and professional development efforts of ACPA. Nominators serve as champions of the fundraising process for their Diamond Honoree by helping to raise a minimum of $2,500 in recognition of their Honoree.  Those selected since the program’s inception in 1999 have distinguished themselves as teachers, administrators, researchers, writers, and Association leaders. To learn more about the ACPA Diamond Honoreeprogram, and to view a list of those already recognized, visit the ACPA Foundation website here.

The ACPA Foundation hopes that you will consider nominating someone you believe is deserving of this honor. The ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2018 will be recognized at the 2018 ACPA Annual Convention in Houston, TX, USA.

Nominations are due by Friday, September 15, 2017 and should be submitted to Heidi at her email address, listed below. The ACPA Diamond Honoree Champions website includes details about the nomination requirements, as well as what is required to conduct a successful campaign.

Questions regarding the ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2018 nomination process should be directed to Kathleen Kerr, kkerr@udel.edu; or Heidi Levine, heidi.levine@simpson.edu.

Thank you for supporting this important program that recognizes our outstanding colleagues!


Kathleen G. Kerr
ACPA Foundation Trustee and ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2010

Heidi Levine
ACPA Foundation Vice President and ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2007

Dwayne Todd
ACPA Foundation President and ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2011

Dissertation of the Year 2018

Dissertation of the Year Submissions Deadline Approaching!

Dissertation of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a completed dissertation that demonstrates scholarly excellence and makes a substantial contribution to knowledge in the general field of student affairs/student services. It may be in any scholarly tradition or methodology and focus on any topic in the field.


  1. Eligible dissertations must have met all requirements of the applicant’s institution and have been signed by the applicant’s dissertation committee between April 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017.
  2. A dissertation may only be nominated once. Dissertations previously nominated will not be reconsidered.
  3. The faculty nominator must be the dissertation committee chair or member of the dissertation committee and a member of ACPA at the time of the nomination.
  4. The nominee must be a member of ACPA prior to receipt of the award.


  1. One recipient will be selected annually. Additional nominees may be cited for excellence.
  2. The recipient will receive a plaque, complimentary annual convention registration for the recipient and their advisor, and a cash award of $2500.
  3. The recipient will have a reserved slot to present the dissertation results in a session at the convention.

Selection Process

The application package should be submitted using the online application linked below. Nominators will upload the required documents when submitting the application.

The applicant must submit a 15 double-spaced page abstract of the dissertation (inclusive of any tables and/or figures). The abstract should include the following: (1) full dissertation title; (2) statement of the study’s purpose; (3) research questions, if applicable; (4) significance of the study; (5) theoretical or conceptual underpinnings, if applicable; (6) methods – research design/approach, sampling, data collection procedures or data sources used, and data analysis; (7) summary of key findings; and (8) implications for practice, policy, and/or future research. The abstract should contain no identifying information that reveals the author, committee members, or institution. Additionally, up to three single-spaced pages of references in APA format can accompany the abstract and will not be included in the 15-page limit.

The selection process is masked. That is, the applicant and the dissertation committee members’ identities are masked from the reviewers. The committee chair will ensure that dissertations from the reviewers’ institutions do not review nominees’ materials. Committee members will recuse themselves if they are acquainted with the nominee, committee members, or the dissertation.

The applicant’s dissertation advisor must sign and submit a certificate statement verifying the applicant has met the degree requirements of the institution and has been signed off by the applicant’s dissertation committee between April 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017.

The recipient will be selected no later than December 15, 2017. Decisions of the committee are final.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017.
UPDATE: Application Process Closed

Complete the application and upload documents below. Please direct questions to Dr. Dawn R. Johnson, Dissertation of the Year Committee Chair.