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Annual Award

About the ACAD Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership

From July through August of each year, members of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) are invited to nominate academic leaders from the associate dean level through the chief academic officer for the ACAD Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership.

Awarded at the ACAD annual meeting in February of each academic year during the award luncheon, the recipient will receive an award recognizing their achievement, a $500 travel stipend to attend the ACAD Annual Meeting conference, and a complimentary conference registration.

Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 year will be accepted beginning in July 2022. Please use your ACAD member login to access the nomination form.

Note:

  • Award nominators must be members of ACAD however, recipients need not be members.
  • Nominators and nominees cannot have served on the ACAD Board of Directors for a period of at least one-year prior to nomination.

2021 Recipient

The ACAD Board of Directors is proud to announce the recipient of the fifth annual Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership: Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Southwestern College. The award was established by ACAD to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in academic leadership through shaping and supporting positive change on their campuses and in their communities. As an academic leader, Dr. Peterson-Veatch has facilitated necessary and positive change throughout his career. Across his leadership roles, he has focused on improving systems, implementing fair and consistent practices, and advancing the institution’s learning environment. Read the full press release here.

2020 Recipient

The ACAD Board of Directors is proud to announce the recipient of the fourth annual Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership: Dr. Carol J. Erting, Provost, Gallaudet University. The award was established by ACAD to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in academic leadership through shaping and supporting positive change on their campuses and in their communities. Dr. Erting served as Provost from 2014—2020 and continues to be the longest serving faculty member at Gallaudet. Her tenure was a period of great change at the University including the welcoming of a new President, introduction of new programs and development of new initiatives. Read the full press release here.

2019 Recipient

The ACAD Board of Directors is proud to announce Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Dean of the Burnett Honors College (BHC) and Professor of Public Administration at University of Central Florida (UCF) as the third recipient of the ACAD Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership. The award was established by ACAD to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in academic leadership through shaping and supporting positive change on their campuses and in their communities. Dr. Piñeres was nominated for “her work to diligently create a climate of equal opportunity and inclusiveness” stemming from “her commitment to fostering a climate of diversity and understanding of differences,” according to her nominator.  Read the full press release.

2018 Recipient

The ACAD Board of Directors is proud to announce Dr. Kristine Bartanen, Provost, University of Puget Sound as the second recipient of the Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership.  The award was established in 2017 by ACAD to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in academic leadership on their campuses and in their communities.  Read full press release.

2017 Recipient

The ACAD Board of Directors is proud to announce Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern, Vice Provost, James Madison University as the first recipient of the Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership.  The award was established by ACAD to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in academic leadership through shaping and supporting positive change on their campuses and in their communities. Read the full press release.

 

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