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The purposes of the SACSA Research & Assessment Committee are to encourage research in the college student affairs field; to provide current research and reports to the membership in a timely manner; and to coordinate the selection and awarding of the SACSA Research Incentive Grant and the Dissertation of the Year Award. Both awards are presented at the annual conference awards and recognition luncheon.


2018 Dissertation of the Year Award Information

Supported by the SACSA Foundation via the generous donations of its membership, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs presents an annual Dissertation of the Year Award (DOY) to recognize high quality student affairs research by doctoral students in the SACSA region.

The DOY award recipient will be slotted to present the results of his/her/their dissertation research at SACSA’s 2018 Annual Conference and will be notified by September 1 so that plans to attend the conference in November may be finalized. The DOY award recipient will also be honored at the conference awards ceremony and will receive a small monetary prize of $500. The DOY recipient is responsible for paying their own conference registration and travel fees up-front mindful that the monetary prize is intended to reimburse a portion of those expenses. The DOY award winner is also encouraged to submit an article about his/her/their dissertation research for possible publication in SACSA’s College Student Affairs Journal (CSAJ) within a year after receiving the award. Articles authored by DOY recipients will be reviewed and selected in accordance with the standards set by the CSAJ Editorial board for blind peer-review.

Click here for additional information about the 2018 DOY Award application process, including evaluation criteria, qualifications, application requirements, and submission guidelines. DOY submissions are due no later than August 17th at 11:59 p.m. CDT and should be submitted via email attachment to Dr. Danielle K. MolinaPlease make the subject of your e-mail submission “SACSA 2018 DOY SUBMISSION.”

2017 Dissertation of the YEar Recipient

The Research & Assessment Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Ashley Nicole Stone as the recipient of SACSA’s 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Stone completed her dissertation in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation is titled, Where No Place is Home: Understanding Rural Students in Higher Education. Dr. Stone is currently a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor at Syracuse University.

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