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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.

2019 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 Annual Conference and will be notified by September 1 so 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 DOY Award application process, including evaluation criteria, qualifications, application requirements, and submission guidelines. DOY submissions were due no later than August 16th at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

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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