ACPA Emerging Scholars Program 2022-2024

We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2022-2024 ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designees. Recipients will be announced as 2022-2024 ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designees (that is, the 2022 ACPA Convention through the 2024 ACPA Convention) and will each receive a $3,000 research grant from ACPA. The Emerging Scholar-Designees who have fulfilled their research and scholarly leadership commitments – as specified in their applications – by the end of their two-year term will receive the ACPA Emerging Scholars Award. Requests for a one-year unfunded extension or renegotiation of the specified leadership commitments by Emerging Scholar-Designees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Newly selected Emerging Scholar-Designees must participate in a meeting with the Senior Scholars, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2022 from 10:30am-noon and 1:30-4:00pm in St. Louis.

Times are subject to change depending on format of 2022 convention.

Participants must register for the convention.


Applicants must be an ACPA member. In addition, applicants either must be (1) between 3-5 years after completing their doctorate (degree conferred 2016-2018) OR (2) if the doctorate was earned prior to 2016, the applicant must have started a tenure-track faculty position between 2016-2019.

Application Process

Applicants for 2022-2024 ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designee must submit the following materials in a single PDF document saved as “Emerging Scholars Application – Last Name” by 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, September 26, 2021:

  1. Letter of interest that includes the following:
  2. How your scholarly interests and trajectory align with those found in ACPA’s A Bold Vision Forward: A Framework for the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization.
  3. Your interest in engaging with the current ACPA Senior Scholars (be sure to include examples of what that potential engagement might look like as well as specific areas and topics).
  4. Your willingness to complete at least three proposed scholarly leadership commitments (see below) during the Emerging Scholars Program two-year period.
    1. Serve as an invited manuscript reviewer for the Journal of College Student Development (a maximum of six manuscript reviews over the two-year term). Note: This invited manuscript reviewer status does not constitute membership on the JCSD Editorial Board.
    2. Participate in an ACPA-sponsored 15-20 minute video-recorded presentation centering on their particular research expertise and its relevance to student affairs professionals. Videos will be accessible via ACPA website and/or its media networks. Depending on the circumstances, videos will vary in format (e.g., featuring one individual’s research, two individuals engaged in similar research, two individuals in research-to-practice-to-research conversations relevant to a particular research area)
    3. Co-coordinate (with a current Senior Scholar) an ACPA convention session or pre-convention session designed to advance the goals SIRJD.
    4. If selected, serve as designated Scholar-in-Residence (minimum one-year term) for an ACPA Commission, Coalition, or other formally constituted group.
    5. Other (to be proposed by the candidate). As one of their three Scholarly Leadership Commitments, applicants for ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designee may propose a project or task that will advance ACPA’s mission, vision, values, or strategic imperative and is consistent with the applicant’s scholarly agenda. Applicants should describe the proposed commitment in sufficient detail to foster understanding of its content and scope during the ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designee review and selection processes.
  5. Current CV
  6. At least one recommendation letter (current ACPA Senior Scholars are ineligible to write recommendation letters)
  7. Research project proposal of no more than three single-spaced pages, excluding cover page and reference list
    1. A description of the proposed research project (including description of methodology and methods), and how the study advances the applicant’s broader research agenda.
    2. A proposed time frame (ordinarily, no longer than the designee’s two-year term as ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designee).
    3. A brief project budget not to exceed $3,000. Funds may be used for operating expenses including travel for data collection or dissemination. Funds may not be used to purchase equipment or to offset or supplement the designee’s salary or solely to cover conference travel. ACPA funding may not be used to cover F&A/indirect costs.
    4. An explanation of how the proposed research project, within the context of the applicant’s overall research agenda, advances ACPA’s mission, vision, and values as well as ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization (SIRJD).
    5. A commitment to present research findings at a minimum of one ACPA convention during the designee’s two-year term (that is, 2022 Emerging Scholar-Designees must present at either the 2023 or the 2024 convention as part of the sponsored Emerging Scholar research sessions).


In addition to completing the scholarly leadership commitments and research project noted in your application, the emerging scholars will meet monthly, including with senior scholars bi-monthly. Emerging scholars are expected to attend the ACPA Convention for the duration of their program. The relationship between emerging and senior scholars are envisioned as reciprocal.

Application Deadline

Applications including all supporting documents are due 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, September 26, 2021 to Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski ([email protected]). Please use “Emerging Scholars Application—LAST NAME” in the subject line. Submit all materials in a single PDF document, in the order listed under “application process.” Applicants will be notified in December 2021. For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski ([email protected]) or Dr. Lori Patton Davis ([email protected]).

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