Members > Awards
NASPAA appreciates and values the hard work
that public service education faculty, administrators, and students put
into teaching, researching, and practicing public service. Annually,
NASPAA recognizes outstanding achievement in these fields through awards
presented at the annual conference. Recipients will be identified on or
around August 15, and they are encouraged to attend the annual
conference to receive the award.
Email email@example.com a nomination email with a 500 word or fewer
summary of why the individual or program should be selected and identify
2 other people who will supply supporting summaries. If possible, submit
the supporting summaries as attachments to the nomination email. All
submissions should identify the name of the award and nominated
candidate in the email subject line and include the nominee’s name,
email, phone number, and school affiliation. Questions can be directed
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.628.8965 x 112.
Social Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice Curriculum Awards
The social equity award recognizes a program (not an individual) that
exemplifies the highest standards in social equity research, teaching
and or/service. Nominations can be submitted by an individual or a
program and self-nominations are encouraged.
The diversity award recognizes a program (not an individual) that
exemplifies the highest standards of promoting and supporting diversity
in research, teaching and/or service. Nominations can be submitted by an
individual or a program and self-nominations are encouraged.
Social Justice Curriculum Award
- Co-sponsored with the NYU Wagner School and the UCLA Luskin School.
- Promotes the incorporation of a social justice lens into the core
curriculum of a NASPAA school; a faculty member or faculty team will
show how social justice principles have been incorporated into the
syllabus and teaching activities of at least one core course.
Nominations can be submitted by an individual or a program and
self-nominations are encouraged. A copy of the course syllabus should be
included with nominating email.
- The recipient (a faculty member or faculty team) will receive a $1,000
Doctoral Education and Teaching Awards
- Staats Emerging Scholars Award
- Recognizes up to 3 PhD candidates who will be job seeking for an
academic position in the 2013-2014 academic year. Candidates will be
selected to present a paper at the annual conference in front of
national and international public service education leaders who make
- The nomination procedure above does not apply to this award.
Candidates should email email@example.com the following information: a
completed paper or dissertation chapter (which will serve as their ‘job
market paper’), a letter highlighting the contribution of the
paper/chapter and a letter from the dissertation chair outlining the
contributions that the research has made and certifying that the student
will graduate no later than August 31 of the upcoming year.
- Recipients will receive a $350 check, complimentary registration to
the NASPAA conference, and be reimbursed for up to $300 in travel
- NASPAA Dissertation Award
- Recognizes significant research completed by a doctoral candidate in
the field of public policy, affairs, or administration; open to students
who completed their dissertation between July 1 and June 30 of the year
prior to the award being distributed. Candidates must be nominated by
their dissertation advisor and their institution’s principle
representative to NASPAA. Only one nomination per institution is
- The nomination procedure above does not apply to this award. The
dissertation advisor should email firstname.lastname@example.org the following
information: nomination form and an electronic copy of the abstract and
dissertation in MS Word format.
- Recipient will receive a $500 check, complimentary registration to the NASPAA conference, and be reimbursed for up to $300 in travel expenses.
- Excellence in Doctoral Education Award (NEW in 2013)
- Recognizes a faculty member at a NASPAA school with supervisory
responsibility for doctoral student efforts outside of coursework.
- Nominations can be submitted by a Dean/Chair, colleague, or recent
student (no more than 2 years removed from graduation) and will be
selected based on evidence of contribution to doctoral student success
that goes above and beyond expected performance.
Pi Alpha Alpha Awards
- PAA Chapter Award of Excellence
Recognizes excellence in programming and chapter management in pursuit
in the PAA goals of scholarship, leadership, and excellence in graduate
public service education.
o Nominees must submit an annual report and chapters should additionally
submit up to two letters of support from chapter officers, student
members, faculty members, or administrators who are familiar with
chapter operations, activities, and achievements to
- PAA Chapter Advisor Award of Excellence
- Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions in
support of a PAA chapter. Advisors may be current or outgoing and can
only receive the award once in a 5-year time span.
- Nominees must submit an annual report and the chapter president should
additionally submit a letter of support explaining the advisor
contributions. The president can include up to two letters of support
from chapter officers, members, faculty members, or administrators who
are familiar with operations, activities, and achievements of the
chapter and advisor to email@example.com.
- PAA Student Manuscript (Masters level paper and Doctoral candidate
- Recognizes an outstanding student paper. Nominated papers will be
judged on the basis of relevance of the topic, appropriate use of
methodology, quality of presentation, originality, innovativeness,
clarity, and academic quality.
- The nomination procedure above does not apply to this award:
candidates should submit an electronic copy of the paper in MS Word
format that does not exceed 20 typed pages double-spaced and a letter of
support from a faculty sponsor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Recipients will receive $200 check
- NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award
- Co-sponsored by NASPAA and the American Society for Public
Administration (ASPA); recognizes an individual’s research which has
made substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public
administration; it does not honor lifetime contributions or recent
- Nominations must include the impact of the work as the nominee
experienced it, indicate what has been learned from the work, and
clearly document the impact of the work. Nominees must be living, but
need not be an ASPA member.
- Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award
- Recognizes a NASPAA faculty member for excellence in teaching over an
extended time period. The faculty member must demonstrate outstanding
contributions and sustained excellence through course content, course
presentation, quality of advising impact, etc.
- Nominations can be submitted by an individual or a program and
supporting letters can be from current or former students.
- Recipient will receive a $500 check.
- Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) Outstanding Article Award
- Recognizes the author(s) of a manuscript which appeared in JPAE and,
from the viewpoint of the editors, makes the most outstanding
contribution to public affairs education. Judging criteria includes the
quality of theoretical grounding, significance of topic and findings,
quality of writing, argument, and supporting evidence, creativity, and
pedagogical value. The selection committee does not take nominations for
- Alfred M. Zuck Public Courage Award (awarded in even-numbered years)
- Recognizes a public service practitioner who is a graduate of a NASPAA
school who has made important contributions in public service to advance
the public enterprise at the cost of significant risk to personal
- The nomination letter should come from a school’s principle
representative to NASPAA and it should describe the nominee’s career and
highlight the courageous actions.
- Recipient will receive a $500 check.