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Professional Recognition Awards Offered

The Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution Award

Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution Award

Individuals nominated must have a distinguished record of scholarly productivity in the area of physical education or recreation for individuals with disabilities as evidenced by the following indices:

  1. Significant contributions to the knowledge or understanding of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities
  2. Publications in journals and/or books that are widely used or quoted in the field of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities
  3. A significant record of scholarly presentations at international, national, and regional professional meetings
  4. Service on the editorial boards and/or as a reviewer of scholarly journals dealing with physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities
  5. A record of scholarly/creative works in a specialized area of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities

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The William A. Hillman Distinguished Service Award

Individuals nominated must have an exemplary professional service record as evidenced by the following indices:

  1. Elected or appointed service to NCPEID or other organizations that deal with persons with disabilities including membership on the board of directors, committees, or editorial boards.
  2. Service on editorial boards and/or reviewer of scholarly journals dealing with physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities
  3. Service as a community volunteer involved with programs and/or athletic events for individuals with disabilities (i.e., Special Olympics, USABA, NWAA, etc.)
  4. Presentations before educational groups, conventions, media presentations, and other meetings held in the interest and promotion of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities

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The Congressional AwardThe Congressional Award

Individuals or organizations nominated must have either a record of effort on legislative reform, policy, or contributions which resulted in significant change as evidenced by the following indices:

  1. Legislative reform efforts on the local, state, or federal level in the area of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities
  2. Leadership for legislative actions that enhance and/or protect the quality and quantity of physical education/recreation services for individuals with disabilities

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The G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award*G. Lawrence Rarick Research Award Given to Jaibei Zhang

Individuals nominated must be recognized as a research scholar in the area of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities as evidenced by the following indices:

  1. A distinguished record of research systematically directed toward specific questions that has helped advance knowledge in physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities
  2. Authorship of data based articles published in refereed journals or monographs of national or international significance
  3. Research that has undergone refereed review and meets criteria established by academia
  4. Research presentations at international, national, and regional professional meetings
  5. Direction of student research (theses and/or dissertations) dealing specifically with physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities

*Recipients of the Rarick award may be from other disciplines, but their research must have made a significant contribution to the area of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities.

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David P. Beaver APA Professional Young Scholar Award

Eligibility: Early career professionals, within 7 years post graduation who demonstrate strong dedication to the adapted physical activity profession through service in APE/APA and scholarly efforts to disseminate their work to the public via publications, presentations, or other professionally established means.

About the Award: The APA Professional Young Scholar Award was established in 2015, in memory of and to honor David P. Beaver, Founder and long time Editor-in-Chief of Palaestra who passed away in 2014. Throughout his career David prided himself on encouraging and nurturing young scholars in their first attempts at publications – often through Palaestra. New scholars often sent David manuscripts to be considered for publication in Palaestra. David and his wife Phyllis gently guided these young scholars serving as a tutor for proper grammar, APA formatting, and generally writing for publication. Nothing brought David more joy than helping young scholars publish and contribute to the profession. This award will be presented once per year in recognition of Dr. David Beaver.

Award: The award includes a complimentary one-year membership to NCPEID and plaque of honor (or achievement) indicating official and perpetual recognition by NCPEID. In addition, the award recipient is invited to submit a paper, of their choosing, to Paleastra for publication.

Applicant Criteria: A nomination must include evidence that the nominee:

  1. Is a recent graduate/early career (within 7 years post graduation)
  2. Demonstrates strong dedication to the future of adapted physical education/activity, evident through professional activities, and information dissemination.
  3. Displays record of scholarship or related activity including but not limited to research publications, teaching publications, presentations, or in-services
  4. Has significant service/advocacy contributions to local and/or national efforts indicating an emerging national reputation (something to indicate above and beyond their time in APA profession)

Nomination Requirements: The application must include:

  1. Curriculum vitae or resume of the applicant
  2. A minimum of one letter of support from a faculty or other professional in the field of APE/ APA (e.g., principals, superintendents, post-docs, industry professionals)

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Award Nomination Process

Nomination Process for All Awards

A call for nominations is sent to all members approximately mid-February of each year.

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Award Selection Process

Awards 

Select consortium members are asked to serve annually on the awards panel.  Members throughly review nominations with respect to awards criteria.  Each member reviews selected nominations to determine award recipients.  Selected recipients and their nominators are notified by the awards chair.   

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