The depth and quality of work by student affairs educators, higher education scholars, and faculty colleagues too often goes unrecognized. Get Involved with CAL by recognizing and nominating a colleague, supervisor or supervisee, mentor, or other leader for a CAL Award.

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Senior Level Professional Award

This award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of a senior student affairs professional who has contributed to their campus, the profession, as well as the association/CAL. Specifically nominees for this award should have:

  • Served a minimum of 10 years in the profession with progressively more responsible leadership roles.
  • 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.
  • Provided significant leadership in addressing issues and making contributions to their respective institution and the profession..

Mid-Level 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 their institution and the profession.
  • Must have at least five years as a full-time practitioner at an institution of higher education.

Outstanding New Professional Award

  • May not have served more than three years in a full-time position at an institution of higher education.
  • Significant contributions to their current institution and potential for future contributions to the profession.
  • Has performed all aspects of their job in an exemplary manner

Award for Excellence in Institutional Change (Not accepting applications: 20-21)

  • Recognizes group or division having collectively tackled a substantial institutional change project through the development of some new effort shown to produce exemplary results.
  • Both the challenge being addressed and the results being produced are informed by significant assessment data at the appropriate level within the institution.
  • Efforts recognized are those that can be illustrated as having embedded themselves within institutional culture so as to sustain the change and the results that have been produced.
  • Nominee must include multiple individuals from within the same institution of higher education, at least one of whom must be a current ACPA member.

Distinguished Service to the Commission for Administrative Leadership

  • Has served on the Commission for at least three years.
  • Has held a variety of leadership positions within the Commission.
  • Is dedicated to the mission of the Commission and goes above and beyond when working for the Commission.
  • Must be a current member of ACPA and the Commission for Administrative Leadership