Award Nominations

TACUSPA recognizes the contributions of members to the organization and the student affairs profession at the annual Fall Conference. Each nominee must be a current TACUSPA member at the time of nomination. Nominations must be submitted by June 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

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

  • Continuous TACUSPA member 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       

Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award

  • Has worked 5 or more years as a full time practitioner in the field of student affairs (as of June 2019).
  • Significant contributions to TACUSPA and the profession, such as volunteering over multiple years, serving on the Board of Directors, serving as an outside/expert reviewer for other universities, published articles or research related to the profession, etc.
  • 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.


Outstanding New Professional Award 

  • Has worked for 3 or less years in a full-time position in student affairs (as of June 2019).
  • Contributions to TACUSPA, which may include attending the Fall Conference, submitting or presenting an educational session at the Fall Conference or a TACUSPA webinar, or volunteering for the Association. 
  • Contributions to the individual's employing institution. 
  • Has performed all aspects of their job in an exemplary manner, as indicated in a recommendation letter from their immediate supervisor.  Anyone may nominate but only the immediate supervisor may submit the recommendation letter. 


Dissertation of the Year

  • Completed dissertation and had degree conferred on or after May 1, 2019.
  • Outstanding doctoral student in, or intending to enter, student affairs work.
  • Demonstrates high-quality research relevant to student affairs administration.  High quality research includes utilizing sound methodology and presenting and/or publishing dissertation work.

Faculty Member of the Year Award

  • Full-time faculty member who teaches a course related to college students in Texas or long-term, part-time faculty members who teach similar courses or supervise internship
  • Conducts, publishes, and presents research related to the student affairs/higher education profession.
  • Supports graduate students in their educational program to achieve their educational and professional goals.
  • Teaches to engage students and ensure a deep understanding of course material
  • Engages in professional activities in higher education (especially TACUSPA) such as conference attendance and presentations, speaking engagements, consultations, etc.
  • A letter of recommendation from a current student, former student, or professional colleague attesting to the impact of the faculty on the above criteria.


Selection Process

The Awards & Recognition Committee blindly reviews and evaluates each eligible nominee for all awards except the Caswell Distinguished Service Award.  The Caswell Distinguished Service Award is reviewed and evaluated by a subcommittee lead by the Past President.  If multiple nominations are submitted for the same person and same award, all nominations will be evaluated.  


The Awards & Recognition Committee and chair is under the leadership of the Director of Administration. For more information, please contact Jody Randall (she/her/hers) at Jody.Randall@ttu.edu.


Submit a Nomination


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