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2019 CDS Awards Open

Awards season is open for the Community Development Society. But the deadline for people and programs to be honored at the 2019 CDS Conference is fast approaching.  The Society offers awards in 11 different categories. Seeking awards is a two-step process. First, a person put forth a nominee for an award. Then, the person or program nominated is asked to submit additional information for the Awards and Recognition Committee to review. Information about each of the awards is below. 

  • The Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of superior and long-standing service to the field of community development, and, in particular, work for the advancement of the Society. Board members and officers are ineligible for this award. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent award recipient is Connie Loden in 2018.
  • The Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research which exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will recognize research which reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the research process. Nominations should focus on highlighting exceptional current research. Only one Outstanding Research Award is bestowed by the Society each year. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent award recipient is David Campbell in 2016.
  • The Community Development Achievement Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to community development. The person may be recognized for teaching, research, practice, programming, administration, or any combination of these roles. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most award recent recipient is Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu in 2018
  • The Outstanding Program Award is presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of completion of superior programming that exemplifies and positively influences community development practice and has demonstrated sustained success. The award will recognize an established program that reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the implementation process. Only one program can be recognized annually. The most award recent winner is the University of Kentucky Extension Community & Leadership Development Training Series in 2018.
  • The Innovative Program Award is presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program (recent or on-going) using the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. This award will recognize a new, creative, and promising program contributing to community development practice. More than one program may receive this award. The most recent recipients were the West Virginia Recruitable Communities Program and the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD Buildings Program in 2018.
  • The Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent recipient is Neil Linscheid in 2016.
  • The Current Research Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a current research project(s) or product that represents an important contribution to the field of community development and reflects the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. The most recent recipient is Ben Winchester in 2017.
  • The Student Recognition Award is presented to a CDS member who is either an undergraduate or graduate student, in recognition of his or her contribution to community development through a paper, an article, a field project or internship, or other applied research. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. The most recent recipient is John C. Hill in 2018.
  • The Friend of Community Development Award is presented to a person who is not a CDS member, but who has made a significant contribution to the field of community development. This contribution could have been accomplished through his or her role as author, educator, administrator (public or private sector), community organizer, or elected or appointed official. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent recipient is Gavin Rennie in 2016.
  • The Outstanding Community Development Educator Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of their excellence in teaching and instruction within the field of Community Development. The person may be recognized for their outstanding contributions within community development education. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society and illustrate them in their educational practice within formal and/or non-formal educational settings. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent recipient is Gary Goreham in 2018.
  • The International Community Development Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to community development in an international setting. Individuals or teams are eligible for the award. The award can be presented to a CDS member or to a person who is not a current CDS member but who exemplifies the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. The most recent recipient is Cornelia “Cornel” Hart in 2017.

For more information, visit the CDS Awards Page, then click on the name of a particular award to learn more information or to reach the “Nominate” button for each honor.

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