TACUSPA Award Nominations 2015

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Nominations will be accepted for the 2014-2015 TACUSPA awards beginning May through June 15.

TACUSPA recognizes the contributions of members to the organization and the student affairs profession at the annual fall conference. This year’s fall conference will be held October 4-6, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of these awards.

Recommendation letters should address how the nominee exemplifies each criterion listed for the award he/she is nominated. 

Criteria for the awards are listed below.  


Dr. James (Jim) E. Caswell Distinguished Service Award

 Continuous TACUSPA membership for at least ten years

 Leadership performance in student affairs at the state, regional, or national level, the high quality of which is recognized by peers

 Contributions above and beyond the normal service required by positions of leadership                                                                  

 Must be a current member of TACUSPA

Nomination Form  


Outstanding New Professional Award

 May not have served more than three years in a full-time position in student affairs

 Will be judged on professional contributions (TACUSPA, community, or the profession in general) and contributions to the individual’s employer institution

 Has performed all aspects of his/her job in an exemplary manner

 Must include a supporting letter from the immediate supervisor as part of the nomination

 Must be a current member of TACUSPA

Nomination Form   


Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award

 Demonstrated expertise in creating a campus environment that promotes student learning and professional development

 Outstanding individual contribution in innovative and responsive services and programs that address varied and emerging needs of students

 Significant contributions to the profession and to TACUSPA

 Must have at least five years as a full-time practitioner in the field of Student Affairs

Must be a current member of TACUSPA

Nomination Form  


Dissertation of the Year

 Outstanding doctoral student in, or intending to enter, student affairs work

 Demonstrates high-quality research relevant to student affairs administration

 Completed dissertations and had degree conferred no more than 12 months prior

 Must be a current member of TACUSPA

Nomination Form  


Faculty Member of the Year Award

 Full-time faculty member who teaches a course related to college students in Texas and long-term, part-time faculty members who teach similar courses or supervise internships

 In addition to nomination form, must have one letter of recommendation from current student, former student, or professional colleague

 Must be a current member of TACUSPA

Nomination Form  




For more information, please contact

Michelle M. López

TACUSPA Awards and Recognition Chair


(512) 750-0630


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