Distinguished Educator Award

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Objective: To recognize meritorious service to NACTA and to higher education through teaching, educational research, and/or administration.


Eligibility: Nominee must be a current or retired NACTA member and have ten or more years of service to higher education.


Criteria: Nominations will be accepted from any NACTA member; Materials must be submitted to the Chair of the Distinguished Educator Award Committee by the published deadline; The NACTA Executive Committee, which serves as the Distinguished Educator Award Committee, reviews the nomination materials at the NACTA Fall Executive Committee meeting and selects the recipient(s).



  1. A Letter of Nomination two pages in length, which is to include content in summary form under the following two headings:
    1. Service to and Recognition by the Higher Education Community
    2. Service to and Recognition by NACTA
  2. Three Letters of Support, each one page in length;
  3. Nominee’s Vita


Recognition: Recipient(s) will be recognized at the Annual NACTA Conference with a plaque and Life Membership in NACTA.


Submission: Nomination materials must be postmarked on or before October 1. Submit all materials to:


Rick Rudd

Department of Agriculture & Ext Education

Virginia Tech 

268 Litton Reaves Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-6836

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Note: Recent recipients of the Distinguished Educator Award have been recognized primarily for their contributions as administrators. Nominations are also encouraged for deserving NACTA members whose career emphasis is in the area of teaching and/or educational research.

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