2021 NCACES Call for General Awards
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, August 31, 2021


This is a call for nominations for the 2021 NCACES General Awards.

Please consider making a nomination and pass this call on to your colleagues.
Submissions of award applications will be through an online portal located here:
http://www.ncaces.org/General/gsubmit/index.php

Types of Awards

The General Membership of NCACES has approved the following list of nomination award categories:

(1) NCACES Outstanding Professional Service Award: To honor a professional who is an ally to the fields of counseling and counselor education for outstanding service to NCACES or to the cause of counselor education and supervision that is of regional and national importance to the profession. Awardees do not have to be ACES or NCACES members.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Promotes the benefits of the fields of counseling and counselor education through sharing their expertise to community organizations, school community, or other key stakeholders
2. Makes public professional appearances or presentations that promote the counseling profession
3. Participates in the recruitment and professional placement of counseling students
4. Continuously and actively contributes in service and leadership at the local community, regional, state, national and/or international level to advance the counseling profession
5. Involved with advocacy and/or social justice movements to address equity and access issues within the counseling profession
6. Demonstrates strong collaboration with faculty/counselor education program(s) to advance counseling profession
7. Demonstrates excellence in teaching, scholarship, supervision and/or service
8. Has served (or is serving) as an officer or committee member in organizations related to the area of professional expertise
9. Enhances opportunities for faculty and/or students to participate in community-based learning, service and/or research activities

(2) NCACES Outstanding Professional Teaching Award: To honor excellence in teaching in a counseling, counselor education, or counseling supervision program in the North Central Region.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Pedagogical Practices (one or more of the following)
a. Extends learning outside of the classroom;
b. Provides opportunities to promote learning and address individual student needs;
c. Joins class to community, to campus, and/or other classes (i.e., cross-curricular learning);
d. Use of engaged learning (e.g., service-learning, study away, internships, co-op programs); and/or
e. Integration of technology in course and/or other innovations
2. Demonstrates Support of All Students (one or more of the following)
a. Shows enthusiasm for teaching and learning;
b. Builds student relationships; and/or
c. Creates learning environments where students feel safe, accepted, and open to share and express ideas
3. Connects Teaching to the Counseling Profession (one or more of the following)
a. Teaching connected to research and scholarship;
b Teaching connected to service and leadership; and/or
c. Teaching connected to advocacy and social justice
4. Demonstrates professionalism, organization, and reliability in the teacher role
5. Facilitates critical thinking, problem-solving, and reflective practice through constructive feedback in the teacher role
6. Teaching Awards (one or more of the following)
a. Received or recognized/nominated for outstanding teaching by college/university;
b. Received or recognized for outstanding teaching by department/program; and/or
c. Received or recognized for outstanding teaching by nominee’s state counseling association

(3) NCACES Professional Leadership Award: To honor excellence in leadership in counselor education and supervision of an officer, committee person, or other major contributor at the national, regional, or state level.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Displays collaborative leadership
a. Contributes to the success of an initiative that benefits those outside his/her own program/counseling specialty area/department and/or places emphasis on collaboration within and among departments/colleges/professional areas.
2. Provides mentoring, training, development and support for emerging leaders; views role as a leader to be someone to cultivate future leaders
3. Advances social understanding of leadership for change within the larger society
4. Motivates and inspires others to accomplish more than they would have normally; Consistently trusts and empowers others to achieve common values, beliefs or goals.
5. Leads advocacy efforts by participating in activities that support the development of the counseling profession and enhance diversity
6. Involvement in university leadership (ex: CSI) and/or state, regional or national level leadership (ex: state counseling association, NCACES volunteer, ACA volunteer)
7. Involvement in service at state, regional or national level (ex: state counseling association, NCACES volunteer, ACA volunteer)
8. Develops strong local, state and regional community relationships to advance the counseling profession
9. Strong role model as evidenced by positive examples, mentoring and coaching of others

(4) NCACES Research Award: To honor significant research in the profession including the areas of counseling, counselor education, or counselor supervision.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Relevance of the research to NCACES members.
2. Significance of the research to the counseling profession.
3. Research is in publishable form.
4. Abstract of the research includes rationale, procedures, methodology/data analyses, results, and implications for further research and practice within counselor education and supervision.
5. Research addresses one of the following issues:
a. Counselor and supervisee characteristics and effectiveness in the practice of counseling
b. Appropriate and/or “effective” methods of counselor preparation, supervision and/or continuing education
c. Specific instructional and/or supervisory practices that facilitate counselor competencies and/or professional counselor/counselor educator identity development
d. Counselor educator/faculty/supervisor characteristics and effectiveness in the practice of teaching, mentoring, and/or supervision

(5) NCACES Outstanding Supervisor Award: To honor an individual in NCACES who has demonstrated outstanding work as a supervisor in a university, community/mental health counseling, or school setting.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Demonstrates innovation in clinical supervision and/or supervision research
2. Creates safe, supervisory environments by showing empathy, openness, genuineness, encouragement, and flexibility
3. Advancement of student knowledge, techniques/skills, and theory
4. Provides honest, constructive, and supportive feedback in a growth-oriented manner
5. Acts as responsible gatekeeper to the profession by ensuring adequate competence of supervisees based on level of training
6. Facilitates critical thinking, problem-solving, and reflective practice in supervisees
7. Commitment to ensuring supervisees develop cultural competence and understanding of non-traditional, under-served or historically marginalized groups.
8. Connects students to the counseling profession
9. Facilitates team building skills by promoting students to work more effectively both as individuals and as diverse team members

(6) Deanna Hawes Outstanding Mentor Award: To honor an individual in NCACES who has been a significant mentor to graduate students, emerging professionals, educators, and/or supervisors in the manner demonstrated by Dr. Deanna Hawes over the course of her career in counselor education.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Exemplifies genuine, empathic, accessible, reliable, and culturally sensitive care and concern for others
2. Possesses and shares knowledge, skills, and talents valued, trusted, and respected by protégés
3. Builds strong, trustworthy student relationships & mentoring to assist students’ growth and development as a professional counselor educator/counselor
4. Demonstrates professionalism in the counseling field
5. Connects mentees to the counseling profession (e.g., by introducing them to other counseling professionals, encouraging them to present at counseling conferences, including them in collaborative research, etc.)
6. Facilitates critical thinking, problem-solving, and reflective practice
7. Creates safe, exploratory environments that supports constructive feedback and experiential learning
8. Facilitates and supports professional and personal development of those mentored
9. Commitment to ensuring students develop cultural competence/cultural responsiveness and understanding of non-traditional, under-served or historically marginalized groups
10. Openness/availability to students yet models healthy boundaries

(7) NCACES Outstanding Diversity Award: To honor significant multicultural contributions to the profession of counseling, counselor education, or supervision.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Has demonstrated through independent work a commitment to issues of multiculturalism and diversity in counseling (i.e., research, teaching, service)
2. Engages in outstanding advocacy that addresses systemic barriers that directly impact marginalized populations’ ability to access counseling services
3. Demonstrates commitment to students’ multicultural counseling growth and development, incl. ensuring that students develop cultural competence and understanding of non-traditional, under-served or historically marginalized groups via class content/class assignment
4. Demonstrates through professional work (i.e. teaching, service, and/or scholarship) a commitment to culturally responsive counseling, social justice, and working toward systemic change
5. Promotes equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student multicultural counseling knowledge & skill development
6. Connects students to ACA-related professional counseling organizations with a special focus on multicultural and diversity concerns

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8) NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Program Award: To honor an outstanding, innovative, and/or unique counseling or counselor education program at an institution in the NCACES Region. (Note: Depending on the number and distribution of nominations, a Master’s program and a Doctoral program may be recognized.)
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Innovation
a. Demonstrates new curricular structures, content and/or programming and provides rationale
b. Discusses new extensions or partnerships in the community
c. Provides students new opportunities to learn and grow as counselors or counselor educators
2. Effectiveness of Innovation: Programmatic features/innovations have direct impact on student learning and outcomes
a. Evidence of improvement in student learning outcomes
b. Evidence of improvement in student motivation and engagement
c. Discussion of impact/effectiveness of partnerships in the community
d. New features of program have direct application to counseling and/or counselor education
3. Program shows strong commitment to preparing counselors/counselor educators of excellence
4. Program features include areas of new research
5. Program features include opportunities for new areas of leadership, advocacy, and/or service
6. Program faculty are actively engaged in ACA and related counseling organizations
7. Faculty-student relationships are fostered via program activities
8. Program emphasizes service to undeserved/marginalized client populations and/or student groups
9. Program faculty models continuous learning and improvement
a. Use data to inform programmatic changes (to make curricular changes/modifications or inform innovative proposals/programs)
b. Present at state, national, and/or international conferences
c. Publish in peer reviewed publications
10. Program faculty serve or contribute to counseling professional association/organization(s) in their respective states

(9) NCACES Outstanding Graduate Student Award: To honor a graduate student in NCACES who has provided outstanding leadership or service to the profession at the state, regional, or national level that has promoted the profession.
Nominees will demonstrate at least one of the listed criteria below:
1. Shows strong commitment to the fields of counseling and counselor education
2. Shows strong potential for future contributions to the profession of CES in teaching, research, practice and/or service
3. Demonstrates strong engagement with the teaching, learning, and mentoring process
a. Either in master’s level mentoring and support,
b. Or in doctoral teaching, incl. supervision, & mentorship
4. Involvement in service at state, regional or national level (ex: state counseling association, NCACES volunteer, ACA volunteer)
5. Communicates with peers, faculty, administration, site supervisors, mentees, etc. with maturity and respect regardless of difference of opinions or perspectives.
6. Involvement as a graduate student in departmental or university leadership (ex: leadership in student organization)
7. Involvement with advocacy and/or community engagement on behalf of the counseling profession

Guidelines for Submitting a NCACES Award Nomination


Nominations for NCACES General Awards should follow the guidelines below:
The process has two stages.

1. First, nominators should:
a. Carefully review the criteria for the award for which they are making a nomination as well as the detailed rubric reviewers use to score nomination proposals. The detailed assessment rubrics are available at the following link:
http://www.tiny.cc/NCACESRUBRICS
b.
Create one combined PDF file that includes the nomination letter AND the additional support letters. A letter of nomination that clearly states the award for which you are nominating the person (or program) and reasons why the individual (or program) is deserving of the award. Two additional letters (not more!) of support that clearly state the award for which the person (or program) is being nominated and reasons the individual (or program) is deserving of the award.
c. List the nominee’s correct contact information AND
ACES membership number (which is also their ACA number). This is in order for the awards committee to verify the nominee is an NCACES members. All nominees for individual awards except the Professional Service Award, must be members of NCACES.

2. Secondly, complete the Online form document. The link is here:
http://www.ncaces.org/General/gsubmit/index.php
a. The form requires the nominator to input their contact information AND the nominee’s contact information and ACES membership number.
b. The form requires the nominator to upload their combined PDF file that contains their nomination and additional support letters.
c. Please also note that the content from nominations and supporting letters may be released for awardees for press release purposes. You have the option to indicate whether or not we can release your names and affiliations along with this content.

3. ALL NCACES General Awards nominations are due by Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. CENTRAL time. At that time, the form will close.

4. The General Awards Committee will review and score all proposals. For objectivity, all names will be redacted for a blind review by the reviewing awards committee.

5. BOTH nominees and nominators will be apprised of their status by Saturday, September 18, 2021.

6. Questions should be directed to Gerta Bardhoshi, at
gerta-bardhoshi@uiowa.edu

7. If no nominations are received within certain categories, those awards will not be awarded for that year. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.