The University of Georgia College Student Affairs Administration (formerly Student Personnel in Higher Education) preparation programs annually recognize two graduates, one from the master’s program and one from the doctoral program, with alumni awards recognizing outstanding achievement and professional contributions.

The awards are given during the spring semester and are presented at the UGA reception at either ACPA or NASPA, if the winners will be in attendance. If the winners will not be at either conference, the plaque will be mailed and the winner will be recognized on social media.

  • Nominations may be made by the nominees themselves or by other alumni or colleagues who know their work.
  • Awards will be determined by a committee of alumni who have previously been recognized with these awards.
  • No more than one award in each category will be made annually.
  • A permanent plaque engraved with recipients’ names will be kept in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, and the recipient will receive a plaque in recognition of the award.

The awards honor those alumni whose work has brought distinction to themselves, credit to CSAA/SPHE and to UGA, and benefit to their institutions, communities, or profession. The contribution(s) do not need to be highly visible or publicly renowned, but should represent important effort or accomplishment with societal, educational, or professional value. The following areas are representative of those in which such contributions may have been made: the professional literature, professional organizations, professional education, college students’ development, innovative programming and activities, and/or institutional leadership.

In addition to providing an overview of the nominee’s contributions, nominations should address the following questions:

  • What are the unique professional achievements that bring distinction to the candidate?
  • What are the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to students, the institution, the larger community, or the profession?

Nomination Process

  • Nomination credentials should include two letters of nomination and a current resume or curriculum vita; other documentation in support of the award may also be submitted.
  • Nominations should be submitted as a single pdf document, with the letters first, followed by the resume/cv, and then any additional documentation to be considered.
  • Submit nomination materials electronically to Dr. Merrily Dunn at by February 1, 2017.
  • Winners will be contacted prior to the spring conferences to determine their availability for the award presentation.

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