Doris Michiko Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional*

Named for a former Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaii and the first woman of color and first Asian Pacific Islander to be elected Chair of the NASPA Board of Directors (1999-2000) and Chair of the NASPA Foundation Board (2002-2004), this award honors a student affairs professional at the mid-level, senior-level, or AVP-level whose outstanding commitment to the profession includes development of programs that address the needs of students, creation of a campus environment that promotes student learning and development, and support of and active engagement in NASPA.

The Selections and Awards Committee recommends award nominees to the NASPA Board of Directors for their approval. Upon approval, the awards are presented at NASPA's annual awards luncheon which takes place during the annual conference.

*Previous to 2015, this award was formerly named the Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award.

NASPA Annual Awards

Award Information

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for this award.

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Below are the criteria that the Selections and Awards Committee of the NASPA Board of Directors will use to evaluate the nominees. Bolded bullets are required, while non-bolded bullets are preferred.

  • Professional responsibility for the direction, oversight, and/or supervision of one or more student affairs functional areas, and/or one or more professional staff members
  • Record of innovative programming that has had an impact on the home campus environment in one or more functional areas of student affairs
  • Volunteer service to the association via leadership roles at the state, regional, national, or international levels
  • Active individual NASPA membership
  • Progression from entry-level to senior-level leadership roles within NASPA‚Äôs volunteer ranks

Current Recipients

Past Recipients

  • 2018 | Naddia Cherre Palacios

    Director & CARE Advocate; Campus Advocacy Resources & Education, University of California - University of California - Riverside

  • 2017 | David E. Jones

    Director, Paul Robeson Cultural Center - Rutgers University-New Brunswick

  • 2016 | Danielle Kleist

    Director of Student Life - Washington State University Tri-Cities

  • 2015 | Michelle Van-Ess

    Director - Department of Student Life

  • 2014 | Stacey Ackerlind

    Vice President of Student Affairs - University of Utah

  • 2013 | Juan R. Guardia


  • 2012 | Wendy Endress


  • 2012 | Anthony DeSantis


  • 2011 | Bobby Kunstman


  • 2010 | Jesse Ketterman


  • 2009 | Christine A. Quemuel


  • 2008 | Cedric D. Hackett


  • 2007 | Marlene Kowalski-Braun


  • 2006 | Mimi Benjamin


  • 2005 | Mari Kruger


  • 2004 | Jill Kloppenburg Carr; Wayne Young, Jr


  • 2003 | Les Cook; Kirsten Swan


  • 2002 | Daniel H. Stallings