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2020 Dissertation of the Year Award Information

Supported by theSACSA Foundationvia 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 present/share the results of their dissertation research at an upcoming SACSA Conference or via a SACSA platform (e.g., newsletter, podcast, web series). The DOY award recipient will be recognized by the Association and receive a monetary award of $750. The DOY recipient is responsible for paying their own conference registration and associated travel. The DOY award winner is also encouraged to submit an article about 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 are 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 DOY Award application process, including evaluation criteria, qualifications, application requirements, and submission guidelines. DOY submissions are due no later than August 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm (CDT) and should be submitted via email attachment to Dr. Tiffany J. Davis, Chair of the SACSA Research and Assessment Committee, at Please make the subject of your email submission “SACSA 2020 DOY SUBMISSION.” You will receive an email to confirm receipt. After an initial review, the Committee will request and evaluate the full dissertation from the top 3-5 applicants.

2019 Dissertation of the Year Recipient

The Research & Assessment Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Brittany M. Williams as the recipient of SACSA’s 2019 Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Williams completed her dissertation in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation is titled, “I Did Everything I Was Supposed To:” Black Women Administrative Professionals’ Push Out and Opt Out of Higher Education Workplaces. Dr. Williams currently serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at St. Cloud State University.

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