Award Nominations

TACUSPA recognizes the contributions of members to the organization and the student affairs profession at the annual Fall Conference.  

Additional information about the nomination and selection process can be found on this document.

To nominate a member, please click the award name.  Each nominee must be a current TACUSPA member at the time of nomination.  If you are unsure of someone's membership status, please email Stephanie Box, Director of Administration, at

 Nominations for 2019 are CLOSED.  Thank you to all the nominators!

Dr. James (Jim) E. Caswell Distinguished Service Award

  • Continuous TACUSPA member for at least ten years
  • Leadership performance in student affairs at the state, regional, or national level, the high quality of which is recognized by peers
  • Contributions above and beyond the normal service required by positions of leadership       

Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award

  • Has worked 5 or more years as a full time practitioner in the field of student affairs (as of June 2019).
  • Significant contributions to TACUSPA and the profession, such as volunteering over multiple years, serving on the Board of Directors, serving as an outside/expert reviewer for other universities, published articles or research related to the profession, etc.
  • 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.

Outstanding New Professional Award 

  • Has worked for 3 or less years in a full-time position in student affairs (as of June 2019).
  • Contributions to TACUSPA, which may include attending the Fall Conference, submitting or presenting an educational session at the Fall Conference or a TACUSPA webinar, or volunteering for the Association. 
  • Contributions to the individual's employing institution. 
  • Has performed all aspects of their job in an exemplary manner, as indicated in a recommendation letter from their immediate supervisor.  Anyone may nominate but only the immediate supervisor may submit the recommendation letter. 

Dissertation of the Year

  • Completed dissertation and had degree conferred on or after May 1, 2018.
  • Outstanding doctoral student in, or intending to enter, student affairs work.
  • Demonstrates high-quality research relevant to student affairs administration.  High quality research includes utilizing sound methodology and presenting and/or publishing dissertation work.

Faculty Member of the Year Award

  • Full-time faculty member who teaches a course related to college students in Texas or long-term, part-time faculty members who teach similar courses or supervise internship
  • Conducts, publishes, and presents research related to the student affairs/higher education profession.
  • Supports graduate students in their educational program to achieve their educational and professional goals.
  • Teaches to engage students and ensure a deep understanding of course material
  • Engages in professional activities in higher education (especially TACUSPA) such as conference attendance and presentations, speaking engagements, consultations, etc.
  • A letter of recommendation from a current student, former student, or professional colleague attesting to the impact of the faculty on the above criteria.

Selection Process

The Awards & Recognition Committee blindly reviews and evaluates each eligible nominee for all awards except the Caswell Distinguished Service Award.  The Caswell Distinguished Service Award is reviewed and evaluated by a subcommittee lead by the Past President.  If multiple nominations are submitted for the same person and same award, all nominations will be evaluated.  

The Awards & Recognition Committee and chair is under the leadership of the Director of Administration.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Box, Director of Administration,


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