Award Program Overview & Criteria

Distinguished Academic or Administrative Woman in Higher Education Leadership Awards
Guidelines
Sponsored by the Connecticut ACE Women’s Network (CTAWN)


The Distinguished Academic and Administrative Woman in Higher Education Leadership Awards were created by the Connecticut ACE Women's Network to recognize and honor those women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership to women in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large. These awards are designed to recognize work on behalf of women in higher education that is outside the scope of the nominee’s formal job responsibilities.

Academic Award Criteria

Among academic activities considered worthy of this recognition are:
 

  • Mentoring women in their teaching, research, or scholarship;
  • Planning and implementing academic programs for women;
  • Engaging in scholarship surrounding women;
  • Making presentations relating to topics specific to women;
  • Providing advocacy for women’s issues, such as promotion and tenure in higher education;
  • Serving as an inspiration or role model for other women, particularly with regard to teaching, scholarship, and service;
  • Being recognized nationally and/or internationally for work on behalf of women;
  • Advancing membership of women in professional organizations;
  • Participation in projects or grants specific to women; and
  • Participation in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge surrounding women’s issues.

 

In addition, preference will be given to women where the following attributes are demonstrated:
 

  • An evident philosophy of helping other women that goes beyond job responsibilities;
  • A reputation for fairness, equity, and justice that is based on actions on behalf of women;
  • Positive impact on women in leadership that goes beyond the nominee’s own campus;
  • Publishing or presentations that provide new information of use to women;
  • Evidence of advancement on behalf of women in general by breaking gender barriers; and
  • Active participation in activities to advance the mission of the CT ACE Women’s Network.

Administrative Award Criteria

Among administrative activities considered worthy of this recognition are:
 

  • Advancing membership of women in professional organizations;
  • Mentoring women to enhance their leadership skills in higher education;
  • Empowering women in increasingly responsible roles in higher education;
  • Planning and implementing programs for women leaders in higher education;
  • Conducting research on and writing about women’s leadership in higher education;
  • Making presentations on women in leadership in higher education;
  • Providing advocacy for women’s issues in higher education;
  • Serving as a catalyst for policy changes by attaining a higher education leadership position in which the nominee serves as an inspiration or role model for other women; and
  • Being recognized nationally and or internationally for work on behalf of women in higher education.

 

In addition, preference will be given to women where the following attributes are demonstrated:
 

  • An evident philosophy of helping other women that goes beyond job responsibilities;
  • A reputation for fairness, equity, and justice that is based on actions on behalf of women;
  • Positive impact on women in leadership that goes beyond the nominee’s own campus;
  • Publishing or presentations that provide new information of use to women;
  • Evidence of advancement on behalf of women in general by breaking gender barriers; and
  • Active participation in activities to advance the mission of the CT ACE Women’s Network.

Selection Process

The Executive Board of the CT ACE Women’s Network has determined that no more than two individuals (one academic and one administrative) will receive the Academic or Administrative Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award in a given year and that no award need be conferred in a given year. Members of the Executive Board and their families are not eligible to receive the award during the term of their service.

1. Nominations of women to be considered for the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award will be solicited in January of each year by the Institutional Representatives of the CT ACE Women’s Network from member institutions.

2. Nomination materials will be returned to the chair of the Awards Committee by the last Friday in February. These materials will be restricted in length and must follow the required format.

3. The Awards Committee will review all nominations that are deemed complete and conform to award criteria, and will complete a screening matrix designed to translate the criteria into point values. The Membership Committee will meet via telephone or in person to discuss the nominees, select six (6) finalists, 3 from each category, and assign members of the committee to conduct reference checks.

4. After reference checks have been completed, the membership committee will meet via telephone or in person to confirm the six (6) nominees for the award.

5. Names and credentials of six nominees will be transmitted to the CT ACE Women’s Network Executive Board who will conduct additional reference checks, as needed, and in consultation with the membership committee chair will identify the award recipient(s).

6. The Awards chair will contact each award winner to request that she be present for the award presentation at the Annual Spring State Conference and to request assistance in publicizing the award through the appropriate university’s/college’s public information office.

Submission Guidelines

To nominate women for the Academic or Administrative Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award, please submit only the following three-page packet:

  • A one page nomination letter submitted by the President of the college or university which describes how the candidate meets the respective award criteria;
  • A one page biographical sketch and;
  • A one page statement from the nominee regarding her philosophy about women in leadership and her role in helping women achieve success in leadership; and
  • The institution may submit one nominee for each category.

All one-page documents should be 12 point font (Times New Roman)

Submit these materials electronically by Friday, February 24, 2017, to:
CTAWN Women in Higher Education Leadership Awards
c/o Dr. Ilene Crawford, Awards Committee Chair
 

ilenewhitneycrawford@gmail.com