Awards Criteria

(from CDS Policies and Operational Guidelines)

Recognition

Recognition by CDS may be given during the Annual Conference in several forms for a variety of reasons as follows:

  • Individuals who render service to the Society, but who are not members of the Society, such as speakers at the Annual Conference, may be awarded a certificate of appreciation by recommendation of the Chair and concurrence of the Board of Directors.
  • At the conclusion of their terms of office, retiring officers and directors members shall be given an appropriate certificate or memento stating the position, help given, and dates of service.
  • To honor persons who have uniquely contributed to the Society over an extended period, the Board of Directors may, from time to time, recognize these contributions by: 1) bestowing such titles as “Honorary Member of the Board” and “Advisor to the Society President” or 2) making such arrangements as “Society Member for Life.” 

Awards

The Awards and Recognition Committee will prepare nomination forms, solicit nominations, review nominations, recommend to the Board of Directors nominees for each award, secure appropriate plaques, and coordinate the awards presentation at the CDS annual meeting.

The Awards Program is designed to bring attention to the most noteworthy of community development efforts, both of current CDS members and non-members. Awards may recognize CDS Chapters, CDS members, community organizations, and citizen practitioners. Ten different awards may be given each year.

Specific instructions and nominating forms will be included at the appropriate time in the Vanguard, along with a listing of all past recipients of CDS Awards.

 Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award

Board action on July 22, 1995 changed the name of the Distinguished Service Award to the Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of their superior and long-standing service to the field of community development and, in particular, their work for the advancement of CDS. No current officer or Board member of the Society shall be eligible for this award. A maximum of two (2) Distinguished Service Awards may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. Active participation in the Annual Conference of the Society as a presenter, convener, or organizer.
  2. A length of membership and service to the Society of not less than seven (7) years at the time of nomination.
  3. A consistent and diverse leadership role in the activities of the Society; e.g., serving as a committee member, chair, member of the Board of Directors, and/or officer.
  4. List record of accomplishments made on behalf of the Society and profession.
  5. Evidence of creativity and vision for the future direction of the Society as a part of the contribution made to the organization.
  6. Evidence in support of the nomination should include: a one to two-page statement highlighting the nominee’s distinguished service to the CDS profession, and at least three letters of support from current CDS members. (Self-nomination is not accepted.)

Community Development Achievement Award

This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to community development. The person may be recognized for contributions in teaching, research, programming, administration or any combination of these roles. A maximum of two (2) CD Achievement Awards may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. Quality: the contribution reflects a high degree of excellence in content and process.
  2. Transferability: the contribution has applicability in other community development related circumstances.
  3. Innovation: the contribution engenders originality and a refinement of a current community development principle or practice.
  4. Implementation: the contribution holds promise or has been carried out in a community-based setting.
  5. Evidence in support of the nomination includes a one to two-page description of the nominee’s contribution to the field of community development and the impact that this contribution has made, and; at least three letters of support from current members of the Society. (Self-nomination is not accepted.)

Student Recognition Award

This award is presented to a Community Development Society member who is either an undergraduate or a graduate student in recognition of their contribution to community development through a paper, an article, a field project or internship, or other applied research. Up to two (2) awards may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. Evidence of an important addition to the theory, research, and/or practice of community development.
  2. A scholarly or field-based contribution that is transferable to other applied/community-focused settings.
  3. Currently enrolled as a full time student in a community development or related curriculum.
  4. Demonstration of community scholarship research, and/or practice skills which emphasize the value of citizen participation “as essential to effective community development.”
  5. Evidence in support of the nomination including: a one to two-page student CV summarizing academic and personal background and including a statement of professional goals; a one-page statement outlining the student nominee’s scholarly contribution to community development; a copy of a paper, article, applied research, or description of field project/internship, and; at least three letters of support of which at least one is from the student’s home institution. (Self-nomination is not accepted.)

 Friend of Community Development Award

This 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 their role as author, educator, administrator (public or private service), community organizer, or elected or appointed official. Only one (1) Friend of Community Development Award may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. The nominee’s work shows a thorough understanding of community development principles and practice.
  2. The nominee’s contribution has helped to draw the public’s attention to the field of community development.
  3. The nominee’s contribution has helped to relate the field of community development to other fields of endeavor.
  4. The nominee’s contribution has shown the importance of community development principles and practices.
  5. Evidence in support of the nomination will include: a one to two-page description of the nominee’s contribution to the field of community development and the impact that this contribution has made, and; at least three letters of support from current members of the Society. (Self-nomination is not accepted.)

Innovative Program Award

This award is presented to a Community Development Society member or a group in recognition of his/her superior innovative program utilizing the CDS Principles of Good Practice. All Community Development Society members are eligible for this award. A maximum of three (3) Innovative Program Awards may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. A member of Community Development Society during year of award nomination and presentation. In cases where the award is given to a group, one member of the group must be a CDS member.
  2. Award may be granted to recognize the implementation of community development judged by the CDS Principles of Good Practice.
  3. The program should demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  4. Evidence in support of nomination should include a one to two-page narrative overview of the project wherein the applicant will briefly document how each of the CDS Principles of Good Practice were implemented or applied. The Committee will score this list in addition to the innovative nature of the program. (Members may self-nominate.) 

Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award

Board action on July 25, 2009 changed the name of the New Professional Award to the Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award. This award is presented to a Community Development Society member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society. Awards will be made to those who have worked less than 10 years in the field of community development. Time in the profession is the criterion rather than the individual’s age. A maximum of one (1) New Professional Award may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. Active member of the Society for at least three years and participation in at least one Annual Meeting of the Society prior to nomination.
  2. Length of service as a practitioner not more than ten (10) years. A person may receive the award regardless of age.
  3. Evidence of creativity and vision in the practice of community development and contributions to the Society.
  4. Evidence in support of nomination should include: a one to two-page statement highlighting the nominee’s distinguished service to the profession and the Society; a cover letter of support signed by at least three current members of the Society, and; a one-page resume of the nominee. (Self-nomination is not accepted.) 

Ted Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award

Board action on October 21, 2006 changed the name of the CDS Research Award to the CDS Ted K. Bradshaw Research Award. This award is presented to a Community Development Society member or group in recognition of completion of superior research which exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice. The award will recognize research which reflects the CDS Principles of Good Practice throughout research process. The specific award criteria are:

  1. Membership in the Society during the year of award nomination and presentation. In cases where the award is given to a group, at least one member of the group must be a CDS member.
  2. Demonstration of how the research is meaningful to community development practice.
  3. Demonstration of sound research methodology.
  4. Adherence to the CDS Principles of Good Practice
  5. Evidence in support of nomination should include: submission of a completed nomination form describing how the research meets the award criteria, and a letter or letter of support signed by at least three current members of the Society. (Members may self-nominate.) 

Outstanding Program Award

This award is presented to a Community Development Society member or a group in recognition of his/her outstanding program utilizing the CDS Principles of Good Practice. All CDS members are eligible for this award. One (1) Outstanding Program Awards may be bestowed each year by the Society. The specific award criteria are:

  1. A member of Community Development Society during year of award nomination and presentation. In cases where the award is given to a group, one member of the group must be a CDS member.
  2. Award may be granted to recognize the implementation of community development judged by the CDS Principles of Good Practice.
  3. The program should have a substantial and lasting impact on the community or population it serves.
  4. Evidence in support of nomination should include a one to two-page narrative overview of the project wherein the applicant will briefly document how each of the CDS Principles of Good Practice were implemented or applied. The Committee will score this list in addition to the impact of the program on the community served. (Members may self-nominate.)                                                     

Outstanding Community Development Educator Award

This 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 CDS Principles of Good Practice and illustrate them in their educational practice within formal and/or non-formal educational settings. The specific award criteria are:

  1. A member of Community Development Society during year of award nomination and presentation.  
  2. Exhibit an ability to advance the field of Community Development through effective educational practices.
  3. Create an effective educational environment by implementing novel teaching methods, which convey knowledge and skills associated with the field of Community Development.
  4. Evidence in support of the nomination must include submission of a one-page letter describing the nominee’s instructional excellence within community development education. This item must come from a current CDS member who is not the nominee and is submitted through an online form.
  5. Evidence from the nominee should include: a resume, curriculum vitae, or biographic information; a teaching philosophy statement; instructional artifacts/documentation; and at least three letters of support, with one being from each category of a current CDS member, a colleague or administrator, and a student or community learner. (Self-nomination is not accepted.)

International Community Development Practice Award

This award is presented to a CDS member or to a person who is not a current CDS member but who exemplifies the CDS Principles of Good Practice in an outstanding contribution to community development in an international setting. This includes (but is not limited to): working with communities in countries other than the United States of America; working with people with an international background within the USA, such as engaging immigrant and refugee people, and; research, teaching or practice that contributes to international community development outcomes. The specific award criteria are: 

  1. Individuals or teams are eligible for the award.
  2. The award recognizes a broad range of roles in community development including teaching, research, practice, programming, administration, or any combination of these roles.
  3. Contributions with proven impacts/results over the short or long term are eligible. This includes activities that have been conducted for one or more years. It also includes short term activities that may have been conducted for less than one year but with demonstrated promise of long term community improvement.
  4. Quality: the contribution reflects a high degree of excellence in content and process.
  5. Engagement and Empowerment: the contribution has shown sensitivity towards local circumstances, appropriate engagement and has engendered community empowerment.
  6. Innovation: the contribution has engenders originality and local refinement of a current community development principle or practice.
  7. Impact: the contribution has made, or holds promise to make, a significant contribution to the well-being and function of communities.
  8. Evidence in support of nomination must include: a resume, curriculum vitae, or biographic information, and; three letters of support or nomination (preferably with one being from a current CDS member). (Self-nomination is accepted.)