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The CEC Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award

This award recognizes a college/university CEC Student Chapter Advisor who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to engaging students in their CEC Chapter and guiding their educational, personal, and professional development in the field of special education.

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Deadline:
October 18, 2022
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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a professional association of educators dedicated to improving the success of children with exceptionalities. CEC accomplishes its mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

 

The CEC Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award honors a college/university CEC Student Chapter Advisor who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to engaging students in their CEC Chapter and guiding their educational, personal, and professional development in the field of special education. This award originally was initiated in 1982 to honor Dr. Susan Phillips Gorin and her contributions as coordinator of CEC student activities from 1975-1982.

 

Nominations may be made by an individual or CEC-affiliated organization (i.e., Unit, Local or Student Chapter, Division, or Subdivision). Self-nominations are not accepted.

 

Award Criteria

Demonstrate CEC’s core values: 

  • Visionary Thinking: Demonstrated by forward-thinking and courageous decision-making dedicated to excellence and influence in an evolving environment.
  • Integrity: Demonstrated by ethical, responsive behavior; transparency; and accountability.
  • Inclusiveness: Demonstrated by a commitment to diversity, caring, and respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals.

The individual receiving the award will be assessed on their contribution to supporting CEC Student Chapters in the following areas:

  • Mentoring initiatives in which both the faculty leader and chapter members are offering peer mentoring to retain special education majors.
  • Special educator recruitment initiatives to ameliorate shortages.
  • Service activities (such as tutoring, social engagement initiatives for students with disabilities, etc.).
  • Networking opportunities to enhance employment opportunities.
  • Fundraisers to support key issues in the field, including children and youth with exceptionalities and the educators who serve them.  

The CEC Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award recipient must: 

  • be a current CEC member at the time of nomination and granting of the award and 
  • have been a CEC member for at least five years (these years of membership may be non-consecutive).

 

Selection Considerations 

  • The CEC Honors Committee has the authority to give up to three Outstanding Chapter Advisor Awards or opt not to grant the award in any given year. 
  • NOTE: With their permission, individuals nominated for this award but not selected may be included in the pool of nominees the following year. If the nominator who originally submitted the nomination intends to resubmit it for a second year, they may do so by sending a letter of intent to the Honors Committee Staff Liaison. The previous nomination materials can be reused. 

Rules and Instructions for Nomination  

  • All nomination materials must be submitted by 12:00 pm ET, September 19, 2022.
  • The nomination form is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TDQCXLG 
  • Supporting materials may uploaded into the online nomination form as PDF, doc or docx files. If you are unable to upload them, please email them to Sharon Rodriguez.  
  • Please use the file name to clearly label each section and all nomination materials (e.g., 
  • “John_Smith_Chapter_Advisor_Award.doc” or John_Smith_Chapter Advisor_Nomination Form.doc”) 
  • All materials submitted become the property of CEC and will not be returned. 
  • Posthumous nominations are not accepted.

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Required Materials 

The nomination packet is divided into three sections: 

  • Nominee Vita
  • Letters of Recommendation 
    • At least two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or other professionals addressing the nominee’s efforts in meeting the award criteria.
    • At least one letter of recommendation from a current or recent former student (within the past three years) addressing the nominee’s efforts in meeting the award criteria.
  • Testimonials Up to three testimonials (limit 100 words each) from students (preferred) or colleagues of the nominee’s positive impact in any of the award criteria categories. 
2023 Shamby Polychronis Jonté C. “JT” Taylor
2022 Not awarded
2021 Not awarded
2020 Not awarded
2019 Not awarded
2018 Not awarded
2017 Not awarded
2016 Raul Escarpio
2015 Theresa Garfield Dorel
2014 Suzanne E. Kemp
2013 Andrea Hathcote
2012 Diane Cavanagh
2011 Erika Lembke
2010 Elizabeth Leader-Janssen
2009 Wendy Ehrensberger
2008 Cynthia Simpson
2007 Amy Childre
2006 Joan Levine
2005 Robin Brewer
2004 Dan Ezell
2003 Susan Salmon
2002 Lesley P. Graham
2001 Tamarah Ashton and Wendy Weichel
2000 Maureen Norris
1999 Betty Schultze
1998 Lynn Ziraldo
1997 Belinda D. Karge
1996 Colleen Shea-Stump
1995 Phyllis Froese
1994 W. Bruce Mason
1993 Joyce Meyer
1992 Enid Baird
1991 Louis Semrau
1990 Leonard Rezmierski
1989 Robert C. MacMillan
1988 Betty Marrs
1987 Mary Sue McCarthy
1986 Linda Brown
1985 Perry Leslie
1984 Kathy Hargis
1983 Pearl Yamashita
1982 Susan Phillips Gorin

 

Last Updated:  30 January, 2023

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