Global Awards Committee


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 regions.

Annual Duties: 

  • Coordinate the Global Awards program including reviewing requests for new awards/scholarships and reviewing and updating existing awards/scholarships to ensure timeliness and relevance to members.  Make modifications to awards/scholarships as appropriate to meet the NACADA vision, mission and strategic goals.
  • Distribute information on applications/nominations and market awards/scholarships to the NACADA membership.
  • Gather readers and educate them on the review process. 
  • Select recipients after review with implemented scoring mechanisms (rubrics).
  • Ensure that committee appointments reflect the geographic, ethnic, and institutional diversity of NACADA.
  • Conduct the awards presentations at the Annual Conference Awards Ceremony.

How to Get Involved

Global Awards Program

Experience is not required to serve as a reader for award nominations, 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.  Find more information below on volunteer opportunities in multiple capacities in the module "Volunteer Opportunities for Members". 

Global Awards Committee

Interested in joining this committee? 

Complete the Interest Survey

Please contact the current Chair of the Global Awards Committee or EO Liaison, Liz Alcantara, for more information. 

Committee Chair (2021-2023)



Jesse Poole

Nevada State College





Committee Members
Name Term Institution Region
Ali Ressing 2021-2023 Northeastern University Region 1
Amber King 2021-2023 Delaware Tech Community College Region 2
Brandan Lowden 2021-2023 Pikes Peak State College Region 10
Dana Hebreard 2020-2022 Aquinas College Region 5
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Harman 2021-2023 University of Washington Region 8
Jenny Cornet Carrillo 2021-2023 University of California, Berkeley Region 9
Jessica Staten 2021-2023 Indiana University, Bloomington Region 5
Karen Lewis 2021-2023 University of Maryland College Park Region 2
Kiana Shiroma 2020-2022 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Region 9
Kimmy Walker 2021-2023 Missouri State University Region 7
Nicole Stella 2021-2023 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Region 9
Patricia McMillan 2021-2023 University of Ontario Institute of Technology Region 5
Sam Goodrich 2021-2023 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Region 9
Sam Murdock 2021-2023 Texas A&M University Region 7
Shanna Pendergrast 2021-2023 University of Tennessee Region 3
Shelby Bosi-Linton 2021-2023 Bellarmine University Region 3
Incoming Committee Members
Name Term Institution Region
Anthony Moore 2022-2024 Iowa State University Region 6
Lyndsey Byrd 2022-2024 Spring Hill College Region 4
Lynn O'Sickey 2022-2024 University of Florida Region 4
Matthew Kerchner 2022-2024 Indiana University - Bloomington Region 5
Thomas Beckwith 2022-2024 Santa Fe College Region 4
GAC Subcommittee Chairs
Kiana Shiroma, Research Committee Chair, (2020-2022)
Amber King, Scholarship Selection Chair, (2021-2023)
NACADA Executive Office Liaison

Lizbeth Alcantara, Global Awards Liaison

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 the 2022 Awards, 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 Lizbeth Alcantara about these opportunities.

Awards Selection Process

The award and scholarship recipients are selected as follows:

  1. 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 with final selections by the Vice President.
  2. Outstanding Advisor Awards in the Primary Role, Faculty Role, Administrator, New Advisor, and Program Awards: reviewed by NACADA members, Global Awards Committee members chosen to represent all NACADA regions and appointed for 2 years terms with final selections by the Awards Committee Chair.
  3. Excellence in Scholarly Inquiry Award, Student Research Awards, and Research Institute Scholarships: reviewed by Research Committee members (sub-committee assignments) with final selections by the Research Committee Chair.
  4. ACD Service Awards: reviewed by the Advising Community Division Cluster Reps and Chairs from the Advising Communities with final selections by an Advising Communities Division Leader or Division Rep. 
  5. Leigh Shaffer Award: reviewed by members of the editorial boards for the NACADA Journal and the NACADA Review. Final selection is made by the coeditors of these publications.
  6. Innovation Awards: reviewed by member readers selected by the Advising Innovation Awards sub-committee Chair with final selection by Innovation Awards Subcommittee Chair. 
  7. International Conference Scholarships: reviewed by members of the International Conference Advisory Board with final selections by the Committee Chair. 
  8. NACADA Scholarships, Annual Conference Scholarships, and Winter/Summer Institute Scholarships: reviewed by member readers and selected by the Global Awards Scholarship Subcommittee Chair.

Next Meeting

2022 Meeting Schedule:

January 20 - 2pm CT
February 17 - 2pm CT
March 17 - 2pm CT
April 21 - 2pm CT
May 19 - 2pm CT
June 16 - 2pm CT
July 21 - 2pm CT
August 18 - 2pm CT
September 15 - 2pm CT

2022 Annual Meeting:

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 2:00 pm Central Time via Zoom

2021 Annual Meeting:

The Global Awards Annual Meeting took place on Wednesday, October 13th from 2-3 pm CDT.

(Please convert to your Time Zone.)

Contact the EO Liaison (Liz Alcantara) for the meeting links.

Committee Information


1. Coordinate the distribution of information, solicitation of nominations, selection of recipients, and the awards presentations of all NACADA Global Awards. 
2. Ensure that committee appointments reflect the geographic, ethnic, and institutional diversity of NACADA.
3. Review annually the awards selection process and make modifications as appropriate.
4. Conduct the awards presentations at the Awards Ceremony at Annual Conference.


Annual Reports

Post-Conference Reports