Global Awards Committee

Business Meeting in Phoenix, 2018

Function: The Global Awards Committee coordinates the distribution of information, solicitation of nominations, selection of recipients, and the awards presentations of all Global Awards including Pacesetter, Virginia Gordon, Service to NACADA, Leading Light, Outstanding Advising, Outstanding New Advisor, Outstanding Programs, Advising Technology Innovations, various event Scholarships and NACADA Scholarships, Student Research, and Retiree Recognition.   

Membership: This committee is composed of current members and strives to ensure representation from all of the regions.

How to get involved: Experience is not required, however, those that have volunteered in an awards capacity or have experience in reviewing for awards either at the Global or Regional levels, are appreciated.  Please contact the Chair or EO Liaison for more information. 

Current Committee Chair

Alex KunkleChair, Nevada State College, (2017-2019)
Brandan Lowden, Incoming Chair, Pikes Peak Community College, (2019-2021)


Drew Puroway, Research Committee Chair, University of Saint Thomas, (2018-2020)
Jesse Poole, Technology Innovation Awards Selection Sub-Committee Chair, (2018-2020)
Theresa Hitchcock, Scholarship Selection Sub-Committee Chair, Hanover College, (2017-2019)
Leah Panganiban, Member-At-Large, University of Washington (2018-2020)
Zoranna Jones, Member-At-Large, Texas Christian University, (2017-2019)
Karen Hauschild, Member-At-Large, College of Charleston, (2017-2019)
Megumi Makino-Kanehiro, Member-At-Large, University of Hawaii-Manoa (2017-2019)
Soon Kong, Member-At-Large, University of Manitoba (2018-2020)
Brittany Hoover, Member-At-Large, University of Florida (2018-2020)
Jessica Staten, Member-At-Large, Indiana University Bloomington (2018-2020)
Ivette Barbosa, Member-At-Large, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (2018-2020)
Jennifer McCaul, Member-At-Large, University of West Florida (2019 - 2021)

Cynthia Pascal, Past Chair, Northern Virginia Community College (2017-2019)

Dawn Krause, NACADA Executive Office Liaison

Selection Process
The award and scholarship recipients are selected as follows:

  1. Primary Role, Faculty, Administrator, New Advisor, and Program Awards: reviewed by members, Awards Committee members chosen to represent all NACADA regions and appointed for 2 years terms with final selections by the Awards Committee Chair.
  2. Bobbie Flaherty Service to NACADA, Leading Light, Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in Advising  and Michael C. Holen Pacesetter Awards: reviewed and selected by the NACADA Council
  3. Advising Technology Innovation Awards: reviewed by member readers selected by the Advising Technology Innovation Awards sub-committee Chair.
  4. Student Research Awards: reviewed by Research Committee members with final selections by the Research Committee Chair.
  5. NACADA Scholarship and Institute Scholarship Recipients: reviewed by member readers and selected by Scholarship selection sub-committee Chair.

Volunteer Opportunities for Members

  • Become a reader for scholarships and/or other awards.  
    • Readers review nomination packages online and score them on a set of criteria contained in an awards rubric. Training and support are provided.
    • Scholarship submissions come in at different times throughout the year.  Scholarship readers are needed in December, Spring (March/April), early May and in Summer (June)
    • Global award nominations require many readers, especially for Outstanding Advising categories, in late March/early April annually.
    • Reading experience is not required, but strongly encouraged, for future positions on the Global Awards Committee.
  • If you wish to read for Awards for 2020, please complete the form here.  
  • Volunteer at the annual conference to help with the Awards Ceremony - various positions to help organize and coordinate the event
  • Attend an Awards Committee meeting at the Annual Conference - get started with the awards process and possibly become a Member-At-Large in the future
  • Once on the Awards Committee as a Member-At-Large for a period of time - volunteer to Chair a sub-committee for a specific award.  Chairs have additional duties in reading, reviewing and selecting award/scholarship recipients.  Training and support are provided.

Contact Dawn Krause about these opportunities


News & Info


Congratulations to all the 2019 Award and Certificate of Merit Winners!  See more here

Annual Conference Louisville 2019

Business Meeting - Sunday, 10/20/19, 10:15-11:15am, Room L013