ACPA–College Student Educators International invites you to recognize colleagues, mentors, programs, students, and educators you believe make a difference in higher education through our annual Awards program.

ACPA Awards are an opportunity to share appreciation and gratitude, to honor and celebrate, and to give back to those doing stellar work, research, and scholarship. With over 150 awards given out each year, we hope you will take a moment to nominate a deserving colleague who has shown outstanding leadership during these challenging times.


These Awards represent the highest honors and recognition at the Association-level, including the recognition of scholarship, service, collaboration, contributions, lifetime achievement, innovation, and inclusion.

Nominations due 26 September 2021

  • Emerging Scholars
  • Senior Scholars

Nominations due 1 October 2021

  • Marylu McEwen Dissertation of the Year Award presented by the ACPA Foundation

Nominations due 1 November 2021

  • Annuit Coeptis Award: Emerging and Senior Professionals
  • Champion of Sustainability Award
  • Collaborative Excellence Award
  • Contribution to Knowledge Award
  • Contribution to Higher Education Award
  • Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award
  • Harold E. Cheatham Innovative Practice Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Voice of Inclusion Award


Overall Commission Awards recognize exemplary leaders, commissions, and directorate members. Nominations are being accepted through a common nomination form. To learn more about Individual Commission Awards, visit our website.

Excellent Contribution to the ACPA Strategic Priorities
Excellence in Research and Scholarship
Distinguished Commission Directorate Member
Distinguished Commission Chair
Excellence in Programming and Professional Development
Overall Distinguished Commission
Excellence in Innovation


ACPA Entity Groups (Coalitions & Networks, Commissions, Communities of Practice, State & Regional Chapters, and International Divisions) are the heart of the Association. Entities groups recognize members for the excellence, innovation, and passion displayed in the work done by folx of various identities, geographical affiliations, functional areas, and career phases.

If you have any questions about ACPA Awards, would like to serve on our Awards Committee, or assist in reviewing award nominations, please contact our ACPA Awards Committee via email at