TACUSPA recognizes the contributions of members to the organization and the student affairs profession at the annual fall conference.

Nominations are currently being taken for all awards.  Please review the award qualifications and nominate an outstanding student affairs professional or faculty!  To submit your nomination, click on the award name.  The nomination deadline is June 1

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

Outstanding New Professional Award

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

-       Will be judged on contributions to TACUSPA and contributions to the individual’s employing institution(s)

-       Has performed all aspects of their job in an exemplary manner

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

o   The letter of support must be emailed to the Awards and Recognition Committee Chair no later than June 1st. 

-       Must be a current member of TACUSPA

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

Dissertation of the Year

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

-       Demonstrates high-quality research relevant to student affairs administration

-       Completed dissertations and had degree conferred within the last 12 months

-       Must be a current member of TACUSPA

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

o   The additional recommendation letter must be emailed to Awards and Recognition Committee Chair no later than June 1st. 

-       Must be a current member of TACUSPA

All nomination forms must be submitted online.

Contact the Awards & Recognition Chair, Mercedes Moreno, with any questions.  

Past Award Recipients

Outstanding New Professional

2004 - Dr. Michelle Duran, University of Texas-Pan American
2005 - Bobbie Ann Adair, UNT Health Science Center
2006 - Ankita Rahke, Trinity University
2007 - Danielle Champagne, University of North Texas
2008 - Danielle Champagne, University of North Texas
2009 - Jennifer Lilly, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2010 - Cheyenne Hernandez, The University of Texas at Arlington
2011 - Rachel Grimes, University of North Texas
2012 - Charity Stutzman, The University of Texas at Arlington
2013 - Ryan Thompson, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
2014 - Corey James Benson, Texas State University
2015 - Jennifer Fox, The University of Texas at Arlington
2016 - Gerardo Altamirano, Texas State University                        2017 - Ahmet Aksoy, Alamo College

Outstanding Mid-Level Professional

2003 - Thomas Moorman, UNT Health Science Center
2004 - Deidra Graves, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
2005 - Trisha Van Duser, Texas Womens University
2006 - Marlon Anderson, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2007 - Melinda Sutton, Univerity of Texas at Tyler
2008 - Mardie Sorenson, Univerity of Texas at Arlington
2009 - Linda Contreras-Bullock, University of Houston-Clear Lake
2010 - Michael Knox, The University of Texas at Arlington
2011 - Danielle Champagne, University of North Texas
2012 - Heather Snow, The University of Texas at Arlington
2013 - Jan Wilson McKinney, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2014 - Molly Albart, The University of Texas at Arlington
2015 - Charlin Jones-Chavez, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2016 - Christine Self, Texas Tech University                                      2017 - Corey James Benson, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Distinguished Service (Jim Caswell) Award

1979 - William E. Truax, East Texas State University
1982 - Jim Caswell, Southern Methodist University
1987 - Joe G. Stewart, University of North Texas
1989 - Don Mills, Texas Christian University
1990 - John Koldus, Texas A&M University
1991 - Libby Proffer, Texas Christian University
1996 - Robert H. Ewalt, Texas Tech University
1998 - Wayne Duke, The University of Texas at Arlington
2001 - Jack Baier, University of North Texas
2003 - Kent Gardner, The University of Texas at Arlington
2004 - Wanda Mercer, Tarleton State University
2005 - Eliot Chenaux, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
2006 - Don Albrecht, West Texas A&M University
2007 - Rusty Jergins, Tarleton State University
2008 - Dr. John Garrison, Texas State University
2009 - Dr. Gage Paine, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2010 - Dr. James Studor, The University of Texas System
2011 - Dr. Michael Shonrock, Texas Tech University
2012 - Dr. Thomas Moorman, UNT Health Science Center
2013 - Dr. Elizabeth With, University of North Texas
2015 - Dr. Sandi Osters, Texas A&M University
2016 - Dr. Keri Rogers                                                                              2017 - Dr. Amanda Drum, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

 

Dissertation of the Year

2003 - Dr. Steve Sutton, University of Houston-Clear Lake
2006 - Dr. Janet (Trepka) Marling, University of North Texas
2007 - Dr. Lisa Blazer, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2008 - Dr. Jennifer Edwards, Tarleton State University
2009 - Dr. Deidra Stephens, The University of Texas at Austin
2010 - Dr. Elizabeth Massengale, Texas Tech University
2011 - Dr. Alicia Huppe, University of North Texas
2012 - Dr. Hollie Gammel Smith, Texas A&M Commerce
2013 - Dr. Michelle Lopez, Texas State University
2014 - Dr. Daniel Vasquez, Texas State University
2015 - Dr. Jeff Jackson, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
2016 - Dr. Clint-Michael Reneau, Texas State University              2017 - Dr. John Kaulfus, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Faculty Member of the Year 

2006 - Dr. James Studer, Texas State University
2007 - Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers, The University of Texas at Arlington
2009 - Dr. Lawrence J. Johnson, The University of Texas at El Paso
2011 - Dr. Kelli Peck-Parrott, Texas A&M University
2012 - Dr. Maricela Oliva, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2013 - Dr. Rishi Sriram, Baylor University
2014 - Dr. Lyle McKinney, University of Houston
2015 - Dr. Richard Drum, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2016 - Dr. Uyen Tran-Parsons, University of North Texas            2017 - Dr. Peggy Holzweiss, Sam Houston State University

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