The AHEPPP National Conference provides our association with the opportunity to recognize some of the shining stars and promising practices in the profession. The Awards Selection Committee invites nominations for several awards. Nominate your institution and/or a deserving colleague!  Award submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 2nd.

AHEPPP Award Categories:

Best Institutional Initiative

Best Institutional Initiative – Small College/University (up to 5,000 students)

Best Institutional Initiative – Mid-Sized College/University (5,001 – 15,000 students)

Best Institutional Initiative – Large College/University (more than 15,001 students)

Excellence in Publication

Excellence in Publication – Newsletter

Excellence in Publication – Handbook/Calendar

Excellence in Publication – Website

Excellence in Publication – Video or Online Module

Excellence in Publication – Magazine

Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature

Outstanding Contribution to the Profession

Powerful Partnership Award

Outstanding New Professional (0-4 years of full time experience)

Outstanding Professional (4+ years full of time experience)


BEST INSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE

Best Institutional Initiative – Small College/University (up to 5,000 students)
Best Institutional Initiative – Mid-Sized College/University (5,001 – 15,000 students)
Best Institutional Initiative – Large University (more than 15,001 students)

This award recognizes an institution of higher education and its professional(s) in the field of parent and family programs who have developed and implemented an innovative and creative program, resulting in improved activities, services, and communication for/with parents of undergraduate students.  One award will be presented for each institutional size as indicated above.

The Best Institutional Initiative must do one or more of the following:

  • Address a clearly defined need on campus through a creative and innovative approach
  • Demonstrate financial creativity or cost effectiveness
  • Encourage diverse groups to participate
  • Be adaptable by other institutions
  • Contain an assessment component that documents its effectiveness

Note: Institutions may not receive the award more than once for the same initiative.

To nominate a program, activity, service, or communication project, complete the Best Institutional Initiative Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF).  Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Specify the category (small, mid-sized, or large), provide information about the program, and include up to two letters of support.  Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701


EXCELLENCE IN PUBLICATION

Excellence in Publication – Newsletter
Excellence in Publication – Handbook/Calendar
Excellence in Publication – Website
Excellence in Publication – Video
Excellence in Publication – Magazine 

These awards recognize institutions of higher education and its professional(s) who have developed outstanding materials, both print and/or electronic, that contribute to the field of parent and family engagement. Nominations are invited for each of the five categories.

Nominations will be judged on content, as well as innovative and functional design.

Note: Institutions that previously won an AHEPPP publication award will not be considered for an award in a consecutive year for the same publication.

To nominate an institution/publication, complete the Excellence in Publication Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF).  Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Include a description of the publication, a sample of the printed publication or a link to the online publication, and up to two letters of support.  Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO RESEARCH AND/OR LITERATURE

This award recognizes a professional in the field of parent and family programs who has had an important impact on the body of knowledge about, and practices of, engaging parents and families in an institution of higher learning and whose achievements have advanced this profession on any of its aspects.

The recipient should have published articles, survey analyses, or books. The work should address appropriate parent engagement in regard to student development.

Note: Professionals may receive this award only once.

To nominate an individual, complete the Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF). Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Provide the award nominee’s bio.  Include a description or information about the nominee’s contribution and up to two letters of support. Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROFESSION  

This award recognizes a professional in the field of parent and family programs who has had a significant impact on the profession.  This individual’s achievements have advanced the profession in any of its aspects.

The recipient should have a distinguished record of contributions to the profession, such as mentoring young professionals, creating innovative programming, or collaborating with other institutions.  

Note: Professionals may receive this award only once.

To nominate an individual, complete the Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF).  Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Provide the award nominee’s bio. Include a description of the individual’s accomplishments and up to two letters of support. Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701


 Powerful Partnership Award

The Powerful Partnership Award acknowledges and encourages successful collaborations where partnerships did not exist.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding partnerships (internal and/or external) and to gather information about effective relationships that exist across institutional lines.  The award also seeks to highlight how the program/initiative has positively impacted parents and family members.   

To nominate a program/initiative, complete the Powerful Partnership Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF).  Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Include a description of the powerful partnership and up to two letters of support. Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Outstanding New Professional

This award recognizes a new professional who has demonstrated service to AHEPPP, and/or to the parent and family programming profession.  Nominees can have no more than four years of professional experience in the field of parent and family programming. 

The Outstanding New Professional is judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to (and promise of becoming a leader in) the field of parent and family engagement.
  • Innovative contributions to the individual's institution.
  • Active involvement in AHEPPP and/or other student affairs professional organizations; and
  • Indication of significant promise for future leadership roles in the student affairs profession.

To nominate an individual, complete the Outstanding New Professional Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF).  Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Provide the award nominee’s bio. Include a description of the individual’s accomplishments and up to two letters of support. Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Outstanding Professional

This award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated service to AHEPPP, and/or to the parent and family programming profession.  Nominees must have at least four years of professional experience in the field of parent and family programming. 

The Outstanding Professional is judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of parent and family programming
  • Innovative contributions to the individual's institution
  • Active involvement in AHEPPP and/or other student affairs professional organizations; and
  • Indication of significant promise for future leadership roles in the student affairs profession.

To nominate an individual, complete the Outstanding Professional Award Nomination Form (writeable PDF).  Nomination can be submitted by a staff member of any AHEPPP member institution.  Provide the award nominee’s bio. Include a description of the individual’s accomplishments and up to two letters of support. Be sure to save the completed nomination form and rename it to identify your award submission.  

Email electronic materials to qspencer@uark.edu.  For hard copies, please send the completed nomination form and all required materials to:

Quincy D. Spencer
Director of New Student & Family Programs
University of Arkansas
ARKU A688
Fayetteville, AR 72701