National Council on Black American Affairs-Northeast Region
Dissertation of the Year Award 2017
The NCBAA-Northeast Region Dissertation of the Year award will recognize an individual whose exemplary doctoral dissertation aligns with the mission of NCBAA, contributes to the literature on community colleges, and/or makes a substantial contribution to policy, procedures, and practice that has an impact on African American students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Exemplary research revises understanding of a researchable problem associated with African Americans in the community college, identifies a research problem new to the field, and/or demonstrates sound interdisciplinary research. Only dissertations judged to be truly outstanding will be recognized.
To be eligible for the Dissertation of the Year award, the recipient must:
- Reside in the NCBAA-Northeast Region area or have earned the doctorate from a university located in the NCBAA-Northeast Region area. Click here for a list of the 14 NCBAA-Northeast Region areas.
- Have had the doctorate conferred between January 2015 and December 2016.
Both members and non-members of NCBAA-Northeast Region will be considered for this award.
Nominations for the Dissertation of the Year award must include the following materials:
- Letter of Nomination submitted by the dissertation author, committee member, or professional peer. Letter of Nomination must include the following:
- Dissertation author’s name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
- Title of the dissertation, awarding institution, date conferred, and name of dissertation chair or advisor.
- A statement outlining the reasons the nominee is deserving of consideration for this award.
- Written confirmation of the nominee’s availability to present his/her research at the NCBAA-Northeast Region Spring conference on March 23-24, 2017 in Lyndhurst, NJ.
- A brief description or abstract of the dissertation (not to exceed 750 words) that includes significance of the research, methodology, relevance of the results, and contribution to the literature.
- A copy of the dissertation committee’s signature page.
- A copy of the final summary chapter of the dissertation or a maximum of 15-page double-spaced summary of the dissertation.
- A letter of support (not to exceed 1 page) from the dissertation chair/advisor or committee member addressing the exemplary features of the study.
- One-paragraph biography of the nominee.
Submission Process: Send an electronic copy of the nomination materials the NCBAA-NE President via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete nomination materials will not be considered. Dissertations previously nominated will not be reconsidered. Each nominee may submit up to two nominations.
Submission Deadline: Electronic nomination materials must be submitted via email no later than Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
- Significance of the problem and research questions that align with the mission of NCBAA
- Relevance of the contribution to the literature
- Comprehensive use of research methodology
- Quality of the data analysis
- Meaningful application of the results
- Significance of the study to theory and/or practice
The recipient of the Dissertation of the Year Award will receive the following:
- Guaranteed workshop session to present dissertation research at the NCBAA-NE Spring Conference
- An award and recognition during the NCBAA-NE Region Spring conference
- Complimentary conference registration and travel expenses to the NCBAA-NE Region Spring conference
- One year membership to NCBAA-NE Region
- Recognition in the NCBAA-NE Region and NCBAA National newsletters
NCBAA-Northeast Region areas: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virgin Islands