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2023 Call for Awards Nominations

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Award Nomination Form

Descriptions of Awards

Part of the mission of ACCA is to support and enhance the practice of college counseling, and one way this is accomplished is through ACCA professional Recognition Awards.  Please consider nominating colleagues (or yourself) for recognition this year.  The awards available are the following: 

Professional Leadership – Demonstrated leadership in some aspect of college counseling as it relates to the purposes and goals of ACCA, or leadership and contributions to ACCA as a professional organization. 

Meritorious Service (3) – Demonstrated service to the profession of college counseling and/or to ACCA; this award will be offered in three categories: community/technical college setting; college or university population under 5000; and college or university population over 5000. 

Outstanding Professional Contribution to Knowledge – Demonstrated contribution to the advancement of college counseling theory and/or practice by means of a dissertation/thesis, publication, or scholarly presentation. 

Graduate Student Meritorious Service – Demonstrated evidence of meritorious service to the profession of college counseling and/or ACCA.

Director of the Year – The Director of the Year award honors a College Counseling Center Director who has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level.

Counselor of the Year – The Counselor of the Year award honors a College Counselor who has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level. 

Advocacy for College Counseling – Demonstrated advocacy of college counseling services or an organization which has made a significant contribution to the improvement of college counseling services; may honor a college president, vice president, dean, board member, or legislator who has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level.  Need not be a member of ACCA.

Research Award – Demonstrated evidence of scholarly work; publication of relevant college counseling peer reviewed articles or papers presented that advance the profession of college counseling. Research conducted should add to the improvement of college counseling services on campus for the practicing professional counselor in a university or college setting. Successful nominees possess writing and publication skills that enhance our field. 

Meritorious Award for Diversity & Inclusion – given to a member of the Association who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to advance the values of diversity, equality, social justice, and inclusion in the profession of college counseling. This commitment may be evident through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, student or faculty programming, student support, community outreach and development activities, or other professional development initiatives. 

Note: Award recipients for all awards, except Advocacy for College Counseling, must be current members of ACCA.

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