Call for Awards - 2018 AHEPPP National Conference

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 our annual awards. Nominate your institution, a deserving colleague, and/or yourself! This is not the time to be humble. We know all AHEPPP members do outstanding work that is worth recognition. Feel free to nominate yourself!

New this year, AHEPPP introduces an INVITATION TO NOMINATEIf you know of an outstanding program/professional at another institution but do not feel like you have enough information to nominate them yourself, fill out an Invitation to Nominate form and we will invite their institution to nominate the program/professional. Invitations to Nominate are due by 11:59 p.m., July 31, 2018.

Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. EST, August 31, 2018. Nominations submitted by August 1, 2018, will be placed into a drawing to win free registration to the 2018 AHEPPP Conference in Louisville for the person who submitted the nomination or for the nominee. If you have already registered by that deadline, your registration will be reimbursed. The drawing will take place on August 2, 2018, and the winner will be notified via email. Board of Director member institutions are not eligible for the drawing.

Questions regarding the 2018 Awards criteria or evaluation process can be emailed to awards@aheppp.org.  

AHEPPP Award Categories:

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

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

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

Excellence in Publication

Powerful Partnership Award

Outstanding Graduate or Undergraduate Student

Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature

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

Outstanding Mid-Level Professional (4+ years full time experience)

AHEPPP Founders’ Outstanding Professional Award



BEST INSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE
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 initiative, resulting in improved activities, services and/or communication for/with parents and families of undergraduate students. Examples of these initiatives could include orientation formats, use of technology, population specific programming, etc. One award will be presented for each institutional size as indicated below.

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

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

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

The Best Institutional Initiative award is selected based on the initiative’s ability to:

  • Address a clearly defined need on campus;

  • Demonstrate financial creativity or cost effectiveness;

  • Encourage diverse groups to participate;

  • Be adapted and utilized 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.

2017 Award Winners:

Best Institutional Initiative – Large College or University: East Carolina University, “Pirate  Parents Live”

Best Institutional Initiative – Mid-Sized College or University: Hofstra University, “Student Access Services (SAS) Parent Support Network”

Best Institutional Initiative – Small College or University: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Parents’ Association

To nominate an initiative please complete an online nomination form containing the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP institution) describing the innovative/creative initiative and its impact on parents and families of undergraduate students. Include evidence of how the program/initiative:

    1. Addresses a clearly defined need on campus through a creative and innovative approach;

    2. Demonstrates financial creativity or cost effectiveness;

    3. Encourages diverse groups to participate;

    4. Is adaptable by other institutions;

    5. Contains an assessment component that documents its effectiveness.

  2. Up to two additional letters of support (optional, but recommended).

  3. Additional supporting documents including, but not limited to, photos, videos, marketing materials, or assessment data (optional, but recommended).

EXCELLENCE IN PUBLICATION AND RESOURCES
These awards recognize intuitions of higher education and the professional(s) who have developed outstanding materials, both print and/or digital, that contribute to the field of parent and family engagement.  Note: Institutions may not receive the award more than once for the same publication or resource.

**Awards may be given for multiple nominations within the Print and Digital category.

2017 Award Winners:

Excellence in Publication – Handbook/Calendar: Purdue University, 2017-2018 Parent and Family Calendar

Excellence in Publication – Newsletter: University of California, Los Angeles, “Bruinlink”

Excellence in Publication – Video or Online Module – Texas A&M, “Aggie Moms” video

Excellence in Publication – Website or Social Media: University of Southern California


QUALIFYING PRINT PUBLICATIONS

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

QUALIFYING DIGITAL RESOURCES

Nominations will be judged on content, as well as  engagement and/or analytics. Examples included:

Brochures

Calendars

Newsletters

Magazines

Handbooks/Guides

Other informational/educational pieces in print format

Websites

Videos

Online Modules

Webinars / Chat Spaces

Social Media Channels / Campaigns

Newsletters

Digital Handbooks/Guides

Other informational/educational digital formats


To nominate a publication please complete an online nomination form containing the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP institution) describing the publication and its impact on parents and families of undergraduate students.

  2. Goals and/or outcomes measured by:

    • Statistics, quantity and distribution methods for printed publications (i.e. events where material is utilized, number distributed annually, how it is incorporated into engagement, etc.);

    • Data, analytics and engagement statistics for digital content (i.e. video viewers, social media channel/post analytics, website/page traffic, etc.)  Up to two additional letters of support (optional, but recommended).

  3. Sample of printed publication or link to electronic/online publication. Please mail a copy of your printed publication before September 15, to Nicki Jenkins, 224 McVey Hall, 155 Graham Avenue, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506. All printed and digital publications will be showcased during the 2018 AHEPPP Conference in Louisville.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO RESEARCH AND/OR LITERATURE
This award recognizes a professional in the field of parent and family programs who has had an 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 the profession.

The recipient should have published articles, survey analyses, and/or books/book chapters. The work should address parent engagement at the the post-secondary education level as it relates to/impacts student development and/or retention.

Note: Professionals may receive this award only once.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP member institution). This letter should provide a description of the nominee’s accomplishments/contribution to research and/or literature and the manner in which the work addresses parent engagement.

  2. Sample of printed publication or link to electronic/online publication. Please mail a copy of your printed publication before September 15, to Nicki Jenkins, 224 McVey Hall, 155 Graham Avenue, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506.

  3. Nominee’s bio, vita, or résumé should be uploaded on the form.

  4. Up to two additional letters of support from someone who can speak to the nominees impact on the field of Parent and Family Programming (optional, but recommended).

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP AWARD
This award acknowledges and encourages successful collaborations where partnerships may not have previously existed or are not typically occurring as they relate to parent/family engagement. 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.

2017 Award Winner:

Powerful Partnerships: University of Louisville, “Proud Parent” initiative

To nominate a partnership, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP member institution). This letter should provide:

    1. A description of the nominated partnership;

    2. A description of the nominee’s impact on their campus/program and their commitment to the field of parent and family engagement.

  2. Up to two additional letters of support (optional, but recommended).

  3. Additional supporting documents including, but not limited to, photos, marketing materials, or assessment data, analytics, and engagement statistics (optional, but recommended).

OUTSTANDING STUDENT

This award recognizes a graduate and/or undergraduate student who has impacted the parent and family program at their respective institution in some way. Examples include student assistants, tour guides, orientation leaders or other positions held by a current student. Nominations are encouraged even if student recipients are unable to attend the conference.

No award winner for 2017.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP member institution). This letter should provide details of the student’s accomplishments or impact as it relates to enhancing the parent and family program.

  2. Nominee’s bio, vita, or résumé should be uploaded on the form.

  3. Up to two additional letters of support from someone who can speak to the nominees impact on the field of Parent and Family Programming (optional, but recommended).

OUTSTANDING NEW PROFESSIONAL (<4 Years of service)
This award recognizes an individual 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.

2017 Award Winner: Tess Gibson, Auburn University

The Outstanding New Professional is selected based on their ability to demonstrate commitment to the field of parent and family engagement through two or more of the following criteria:

  • Innovative contributions to the individual’s institution;

  • Active involvement in AHEPPP and/or other student affairs professional organizations;

  • Demonstrates leadership within the profession/amongst their peers;

  • And/or contributions to research/assessment initiatives, or publications.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP member institution). This letter should provide a description of the nominee’s impact on their campus/program and their commitment to the field of parent and family engagement.

  2. Nominee’s bio, vita, or résumé should be uploaded on the form.

  3. Up to two additional letters of support from someone who can speak to the nominees impact on the field of parent and family programming (optional, but recommended).

OUTSTANDING MID-LEVEL PROFESSIONAL (4-6 Years of service)
This award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated service to AHEPPP, and/or to the parent and family programming profession. Nominees must have between four and six years of professional experience in the field of parent and family programming.

2017 Award Winner: Christine Self, Texas Tech University

The Outstanding Mid-Level Professional is selected based on their ability to demonstrate commitment to the field of parent and family engagement through two or more of the following criteria:

  • Innovative contributions to the individual’s institution;

  • Active involvement in AHEPPP and/or other student affairs professional organizations;

  • Indication of significant promise for future leadership roles in the student affairs profession,

  • And/or research/assessment initiatives, or publications.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP member institution). This letter should provide a description of the nominee’s impact on their campus/program and their commitment to the field of parent and family engagement.

  2. Nominee’s bio, vita, or résumé should be uploaded on the form

  3. Up to two additional letters of support from someone who can speak to the nominees impact on the field of parent and family programming (optional, but recommended).

AHEPPP FOUNDERS’ OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL AWARD (6+ Years of service)
The AHEPPP Founders’ Outstanding Professional Award is an opportunity to recognize a professional in the field of parent and family programs who has made an influential impact on the body of knowledge about, and the practices of, engaging parents and families in an institution of higher learning. Nominees must have a minimum of six years of professional experience in the field of parent and family programming.The recipient must fulfill a minimum of three out of five areas of contribution:

  • Published articles, survey analyses, chapters and/or books addressing parent engagement at the post-secondary education level as it relates to, or impacts, student development and/or retention;

  • Established best practices in parent and family engagement through the development or contribution to updating the CAS Standards, and/or creation of widely used programs or initiatives;

  • Demonstrated service to AHEPPP (e.g. served as a conference volunteer, on committees, published on the AHEPPP blog, served on the Board of Directors, etc);

  • Demonstrated services to members of the organization or peers within the profession (e.g. participated in the mentor program, collaborated with individuals from other institutions to develop programs/initiatives, presented at national conferences, etc.)

  • Advanced the profession through other professional achievements.

The Founders’ Outstanding Professional Award recipient may receive this award only once.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of nomination (must be a staff member of an AHEPPP member institution). This letter should provide a description of the nominee’s impact on their campus/program and their commitment to the field of parent and family engagement.

  2. Letter of support from a colleague (not direct supervisor) who can speak to the nominees impact on the field of Parent and Family Programming.

  3. Nominee’s bio, vita, or résumé should be uploaded on the form

  4. Sample of printed publication or link to electronic/online publication. Please mail a copy of up to two printed publications before September 15, to Nicki Jenkins, 224 McVey Hall, 155 Graham Avenue, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506.

  5. Additional supporting documents including, but not limited to, photos, videos, presentations or assessment data (optional, but recommended).