NACA Awards - C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award

The C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award was established in February 1994 to honor the memory of a beloved NACA founder. C. Shaw Smith’s influence, affection and support of new professionals entering campus activities is reflected in this annual award to recognize an individual who demonstrates the potential and commitment for excellence in service to student leaders.

ELIGIBILITY Only professional staff members (employed full-time at a college or university) in the field for less than five years are considered.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION The Awards Committee will select, by majority vote, one individual who:

  • has made a significant contribution to campus life as a new campus activities professional
  • has shown long-term potential in the field of campus activities
  • displays genuine support and regard for students
  • is viewed by colleagues as an educator

To nominate an individual, please complete the nomination form and include the following as attachments:

  • a letter of recommendation from the nominee's supervisor
  • a letter of recommendation from a student leader
  • two letters of recommendation from colleagues/peers in the field
  • a personal statement of campus activities/programming philosophy may be requested of nominees

Recent Winners of the C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award

  • 2020 Timothy Johnson, Syracuse University (NY)
  • 2019 Michael Croal, Wake Forest University (NC)
  • 2018 Demetrius Watkins, Nassau Community College (NY)
  • 2017 Tiffany Seaman, Miami University, Oxford (OH)
  • 2016 – Eboni N. Turnbow, Wayne State University (MI)
  • 2015 – Allyson Crust, Maryville University of Saint Louis (MO)
  • 2014 – Janet Kirsch, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • 2013 – Justin Roe, Mount Olive College (NC)
  • 2012 – Adam Frank, Westchester Community College (NY)
  • 2011 – Natalie Keller Pariano, Denison University (OH)
  • 2010 – Angela Zemke, Valparaiso University (IN)

Submission Deadline: January 1

C. Shaw Smith Nomination Form

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