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.)

Special Awards

 

Special Awards 

From time to time, the Community Development Sciety offers special, one-time awards to individuals or projects in recognition of their unique contributions to the field or organization, or as part of a partnership or collaboration with other organizations.

There are no special awards being offered in 2018

 

Special Awards Recipients:

Joint National Association of Community Development Professionals and Community Development Society Award

  • 2017 Ripple Effect Mapping Team:
    • Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota Extension
    • Mary Emery, South Dakota State University
    • Debra A. Hansen, Washington State University Extension
    • Rebecca Sero, Washington State University Extension
    • Lorie Higgins, University of Idaho
  • 2017 Michael Dougherty, West Virginia University Extension Service

International Association of Community Development Ambassador Award

  • 2016 Randy Adams, Vice President of IACD, Past President of CDS and Former Director of the Rural Community Assistance Program

International Community Development Award

 

This award recognizes 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
  • Research, teaching or practice that contributes to international community development outcomes

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 award recognizes a broad range of roles in community development including teaching, research, practice, programming, administration, or any combination of these roles. 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.

Eligibility:
  • Can be a current member of CDS or a non-member who exemplifies the Principles of Good Practice
  • Displays Quality – the contribution reflects a high degree of excellence in content and process
  • Displays Engagement and Empowerment - the contribution has shown sensitivity towards local circumstances, appropriate engagement and has engendered community empowerment
  • Displays Innovativeness – the contribution has engenders originality and local refinement of a current community development principle or practice
  • Displays Impact - the contribution has made, or holds promise to make, a significant contribution to the well-being and function of communities

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

International Community Development Award Recipients:

Outstanding Community Development Educator Award

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.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a current member of CDS
  • Nominees exhibit an ability to advance the field of Community Development through effective educational practices.
  • Nominees create an effective educational environment by implementing novel teaching methods, which convey knowledge and skills associated with the field of Community Development.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Outstanding Community Development Educator Award Recipients:
  • 2018 Gary Goreham, North Dakota State University
  • 2017 Margaret Stout, West Virgina University

 

Friend of Community Development Award

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.

Eligibility:
  • Not a current member of the Community Development Society
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted
  • Explanation of how the nominee’s work shows a thorough understanding of community development principles and practice
  • The nominee’s contribution has helped to draw the public’s attention to the field of community development
  • The nominee has helped to relate the field of community development to other fields
  • Evidence of how the nominee’s contributions have shown the importance of community development principles and practice

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Friend of Community Development Award Recipients:
  • 2016 Gavin Rennie
  • 2015 Claire McGowan
  • 2015 Brian Fogle
  • 2014 Tami Fischer
  • 2013 Ed Levy
  • 2010 Randolph Cantrell
  • 2009 Dr. Robert Moses
  • 2008 Jean Burkhardt
  • 2005 Dr. Karl Stauber
  • 2004 Shu Kexin
  • 2003 David Allee (posthumous)
  • 2002 Gary Craig
  • 2000 Sue Rickards
  • 1998 John “Jake” P. Mascotte
  • 1997 F. W. Fanning (posthumous)
  • 1995 Harry Martin
  • 1993 Bob Harvener
  • 1991 Lorraine and Dick Marais
  • 1989 C. Brice Ratchford
  • 1988 William D. Lontz
  • 1987 Charles F. Koval
  • 1987 William D. Lontz
  • 1984 Paul J. Comer, Jr.
  • Paul Eberts

 

Student Recognition Award

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.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a current member of CDS
  • At the time of nomination, must be currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, in a community development or related curriculum
  • Copy of the paper, article, applied research, or description of the field project or internship upon which the nomination is based
  • Evidence of an important addition to the theory, research, and/or practice of community development
  • A scholarly or field-based contribution that is transferable to other applied or community focused settings
  • Demonstration of community scholarship research, and/or practice skills that emphasize the value of citizen participation as essential to effective community development

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Student Recognition Award Recipients:
  • 2018 John C. Hill
  • 2015 Laurel Goodman
  • 2013 Mark Porth
  • 2010 Kenneth Sherin
  • 2009 Karen Blewett
  • 2006 Christina Vasquez Case
  • 2004 Shawn Kaskie
  • 1996 Anne Stelling
  • 1995 Deanne Hackman
  • 1994 Patricia Fisher
  • 1992 Susan Maher
  • 1991 Karl Demarce
  • 1990 Larry Dersham
  • 1989 Timothy O. Borich
  • 1987 Lela Vandenberg
  • 1987 Rafiqul Khan
  • 1985 Tom Hirsch
  • 1995 Deanne Hackman
  • 1994 Patricia Fisher
  • 1992 Timothy T. Conner
  • 1991 Karl DeMarce
  • 1990 Larry Desham
  • 1989 Timothy Borich
  • 1987 Lela Vandenberg
  • 1987 Rafiqul Khan
  • 1985 Tom Hirsch

 

Current Research Award

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.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a current member of CDS. If the award is made to a team, at least one member of the team must be a current member of CDS
  • Overview and description of research output or product and why it is meaningful to community development practice
  • Demonstrates a sound research methodology used in the research output
  • Research must adhere to the CDS’ Principles of Good Practice

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Current Research Award Recipients:
  • 2017 Ben Winchester
  • 2015 University of Minnesoa Extension Community Economics Team
  • 2014 Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Maria Marinez-Cosio
  • 2013 Ted Jackson
  • 2012 David Ivan
  • 2012 Stephen Jeanetta
  • 2011 Mark Brennan

 

Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award

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.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a current and active member of CDS
  • Must have been a member of CDS for at least three years, and participated in at least one annual conference
  • Must have worked fewer than 10 years in the field of community development
  • Active participation in the Community Development Society
  • Evidence of creativity and vision in the practice of community development and in contributions to the Society

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award Recipients:
  • 2016 Neil Linscheid
  • 2015 Cindy Banyai
  • 2014 Kurt Mantonya
  • 2013 Whitney McIntyre Miller
  • 2012 James Wilcox
  • 2011 Paul Lachapelle
  • 2010 Katie Ellis
  • 2008 Michelle Norris
  • 2002 Brent Hales
  • 2001 Judith Bush
  • 1998 Margaret D. Griffith
  • 1992 Susan Maher

 

Innovative Program Award

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.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a current member of CDS; if the award is made to a team, at least one member of the team must be a current member of CDS
  • Overview and description of the program
  • Program implementation follows or applies CDS’s Principles of Good Practice
  • Program demonstrates creativity or innovation

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Innovative Program Award Recipients:
  • 2018 West Virginia Recruitable Communities
  • 2018 West Virginia University (Northern WV Brownfields Center) Bad Buildings Program
  • 2017 E-Discovery Challenge, University of Kentucky
  • 2017 FutureMakers Coalition, Southwest Florida Community Foundation
  • 2016 Strengthening Skills for Leading Others, Community and Economic Development Initative of Kentucky (CEDIK)
  • 2015 Community Heart & Soul, The Orton Foundation
  • 2014 Community Arts Program, University of Missouri Extension
  • 2014 Marketing Hometown America, UNL, NDSU and SDSU Extension
  • 2013 Great Community Book Read Program, South Dakota State University
  • 2012 Kansas Pride
  • 2010 Latino Farmers and Local Multicultural Food and Marketing Systems
  • 2009 The Southern Entrepreneurship Program through the University of
  • 2008 University of MO Extension Community and Economic and Southern Mississippi Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED)
  • 2008 Prince Albert and Area Community Against Family Violence
  • 2007 West Cork Leader Coop, Ian Dempsey
  • 2005 Community Progress Initiative, Connie Loden
  • 2004 Hometown Competitiveness Program, Heartland Center for Leadership Development
  • 2003 Progress Western Australia
  • 2002 Access Main Street (MN)
  • 2000 University of Georgia Economic Development Program
  • 1999 Community Development Academy, University of Missouri
  • 1999 Learning Communities, Regional Sustainability and the Learning Society International Symposium – Community Development Workshop, Australia
  • 1998 “How to Get the Help Your Home Town Needs,” The Heartland Center for Leadership Development
  • 1997 Kentucky Certified Community Partnership
  • 1995 Community & Rural Development Division, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • 1994 Saskatchewan Rural Futures Project Land
  • 1993 Crossett Adopt-A-School Program
  • 1993 Superior Days (Wisconsin) Development
  • 1992 Rural Partners: The Illinois Coalition for Rural Community Development
  • Vision 2010 (NE)
  • Vision 2010 (AR)
  • Peace Corps Fellows Program of Western Illinois University
  • Vision 2010 Partnership (AR)

 

Outstanding Program Award

 

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.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a current member of CDS; if the award is made to a team, at least one member of the team must be a current member of CDS
  • Overview and description of the program
  • Program implementation follows or applies CDS’ Principles of Good Practice
  • Program is meaningful to community development
  • Program has demonstrated sustained success

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Nominate

 

 

Outstanding Program Award Recipients:
  • 2018 University of Kentucky Extension Community & Leadership Development Training Series
  • 2017 Island Institute Fellows Program of Rockland Maine
  • 2016 The Futures Program of the University of Minnesota Extension
  • 2015 AIA Communities by Design
  • 2013 Stronger Economies Together
  • 2012 Community Development Council
  • 2010 Saving Our Grocery Stores, Saving Our Communities: K-State’s Rural Grocery Initiative
  • 2009 Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute
  • 2008 Center for Urban Studies, Buffalo, NY
  • 2007 University of Missouri Community Emergency Management Program
  • 2006 Linking Child Care and Economic Development, Mildred Warner
  • 2005 Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs’ MAPPING the Future of Your
  • 2004 Vision 2010 Partnership Program (AR)
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