2019 Dissertation of the Year Award

The ASCA Dissertation of Year Award recognizes a dissertation that makes an exceptional contribution to research on issues directly related to student conduct affairs in higher education and that contributes to the knowledge base of the Associations’ membership and professional practice. While a number of outstanding research projects might meet these criteria each year, the Research Committee selects one original work for its outstanding contribution to the field of student conduct.


To submit a dissertation for consideration, the author must be a current member of ASCA and the dissertation must have been completed and signed during the previous academic year from        August 15, 2017 - September 30, 2018. 


A copy of the dissertation abstract and submission form along with a letter of support from the dissertation advisor must be        submitted by 12:00 pm CST, December 3, 2018. 

This award, when given, is presented at the annual conference of the Association for Student Conduct Administration. The recipient of the Dissertation of the Year Award will receive a cash grant of $300 and a plaque.
From submissions, the ASCA Research Committee, will select the finalist(s) who will be asked to submit a complete copy of their dissertation for consideration. Abstracts must be limited to 5 double-spaced typewritten pages and include the following:
  • Title and description of research
  • Statement of the problem
  • Conceptual/theoretical framework
  • Research methodology and design
  • Importance of the study to field of student judicial affairs
  • Major findings
  • Results and conclusions
  • Recommendations for further research