Dissertation of the Year Award

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.

Nomination Materials

Nominations for the Dissertation of the Year award must include the following materials:

  1. 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 19–20, 2020 in Hartford, CT
  2. 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.
  3. A copy of the dissertation committee’s signature page.
  4. A copy of the final summary chapter of the dissertation or a maximum of 15-page double-spaced summary of the dissertation.
  5. A letter of support (not to exceed 1 page) from the dissertation chair/advisor or committee member addressing the exemplary features of the study.
  6. One-paragraph biography of the nominee.

Submission Process: Send an electronic copy of the nomination materials the NCBAA Northeast Executive Office via email at 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 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Dissertation of the Year award, the recipient must:

Both members and non-members of NCBAA-Northeast Region will be considered for this award.

Selection/Evaluation Criteria​

  • 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

Award Given

The recipient of the Dissertation of the Year Award  will receive the following:

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