This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society. This award was renamed to honor Donald W. Littrell in 2009.  

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


This 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.

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

This 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, programming, administration or any combination of these roles.

Community Development Achievement Award Recipients:

2015 Sharon Gulick

2014 Richard Knopf

2013 Milan Wall

2012 Mary Domahidy

2011 Mark Peterson

2010 Jerry Hembd

2008 Kathie Cram

2007 John Gruidl

2006 Janet Ayres

2006 Stephen Jeanetta

2005 Johanna Reed Adams

2004 AE Luloff

2003 Kent Gustafson

2001 Carol Rock

2000 Timothy Katers

1999 Mary Emery

1998 Gene Speichinger

1997 Albert Boss

1997 Nette Nelson

1996 Alf Bramblett

1995 Gwen Grayson

1994 Robert Chambers

1993 Paul Denise

1992 Mary Simon Leuci

1992 Vicki Braglio Luther

1991 David H. Hammond

1991 Daryle K. Heasley

1990 Clair Hein

1990 Daniel Schler

1989 John Kueser

1988 Vernon D. Ryan

1988 Richard W. Poston

1987 Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.

1985 Mark E. Settle

1984 Thomas S. Parsons

1984 Dwight Pace

1984 Otto G. Hoiberg

Bruce Sorter


CDS 2016:  Joint International Conference of the
Community Development Society
International Association for Community Development
Theme:  Sustaining Community Change: Building Local Capacity to Sustain Development Initiatives

July 24-27, 2016

Hilton Minneapolis Airport
Bloomington, MN

The Community Development Society and the International Association for Community Development work to build community capacity and address local challenges.  Too often, development initiatives fail to generate lasting, positive, change. The focus of this 2016 CDS & IACD gathering is for attendees tshare and learn tips and techniques from across the globe to create sustained–and positive--community change.   The conference will feature workshops, panel sessions, keynote speakers, mobile learning workshops, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. The dynamic pairing of both the CDS and IACD organizations brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from multiple and diverse perspectives. Please join us in Minnesota, USA, July 24-27, 2016.

Conference venue hotel:  The Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America ( located a short distance from both the MSP airport and Mall of America.  Rooms will be available at a rate of $149.00 per night, excluding tax.  The hotel is near theTwin Cities Metro light rail line and also has complimentary shuttle service to the airport and Mall of America.  It is also adjacent to the Minnesota River Valley Wildlife National Refuge and very close to the convergence of the Minnesota River with the mighty Mississippi River, one of the most significant waterways in the world.


Link to CDS 47th Annual International Conference, Bloomington, Minnesota here.

Community Development Society Awards

Congratulations to our 2013 Recipients!

Pictured below, Sharon Gulick, 2012-2013 CDS President (University of Missouri) with:

2013 Scholarship Fund Recipient Craig Talmage (Third Year PhD Candidate with the Arizona State University School of Community Resources and Development)
2013 Scholarship Fund Recipient Craig Talmage

Outstanding Research Award Recipient, Ted Jackson (Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration)

Outstanding Research Award Recipient Ted Jackson


2013 Scholarship Fund Recipient Teresa Irene Gonzales (Sixth Year Doctoral Candidate with the University of California Berkeley Department of Sociology)
2013 Scholarship Fund Recipient Teresa Irene Gonzales

Community Development Achievement Award  Recipient, Milan Wall (Heartland Center for Leadership Development)
Community Development Achievement Award  Recipient Milan Wall

Donald W. Littrell Outstanding New Professional Award Recipient, Whitney McIntyre Miller (Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership with Northern Kentucky University)
Donald W. Littrell Outstanding New Professional Award Recipient Whitney McIntyre Miller

Outstanding Program Award Recipient, Stronger Economies Together, accepted by Bo Beaulieu
Outstanding Program Award Recipient Stronger Economies Together accepted by Bo Beaulieu

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Jane Leonard (Consultant)
Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award Recipient Jane Leonard

People's Choice Poster Session Winner, Kenny Sherin (University of South Dakota Extension)
Peoples Choice Poster Session Winner Kenny Sherin

Student Recognition Award Recipient, Mark Porth (University of Missouri Extension)
Student Recognition Award Recipient Mark Porth

Friend of Community Development Award Recipient, Ed Levy (Cromwell Architects Engineers / Partner with University of Arkansas Breakthrough Solutions Program)
Friend of Community Development Award Recipient Ed Levy

Innovative Program Award Recipient, Great Community Book Read (a partnership between the South Dakota State University Department of Sociology, Department of Economics, and Extension)
Innovative Program Award Recipient Great Community Book Read

Community Development Practice, an on-line peer reviewed publication of the Community Development Society (CDS) is looking for reviewers.

The purpose of Community Development Practice is to describe and promote appropriate and useful tools, resources and practice(s) for all aspects of community development. Readers of Community Development Practice publications should be able take lessons from, adapt, and/or use the tools, resources, or practices described.

Reviewers evaluate manuscripts using aset of questions like those below.

  • Do the approaches, tools and techniques discussed in this article see to be valuable to achieving outcomes in community development work?
  • Does the article present innovative approaches, tools and techniques that can be readily applied by community development practitioners?
  • Is the information presented complete? Is it consistent?
  • Is the article well-written, clear and logically-sound?
  • Does the articel contain any errors (factual or precedural)?
  • Do the resources provided follow from the article? Are they sufficient for the application of the information presented in the article? Are there any additional resources that should be included?

The community development has codified a basic set of core values in the CDS Principles of Good Practice. These Principles should also be considered when articles are evaluated by reviewers. They include:

  • Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Engage community menbers in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, pyschological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
  • Incorprate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  • Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
  • Be open to using the full range of action strategeis to work toward the long-term sustainability and well being of the community.

If you have an interest in serving as a. reviewer for CD Practice please contact Craig Talmage, editor of CD Practice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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