2020 MCDA Award Nominations January 6th – February 10th: 

It’s time to NOMINATE fellow MCDA members whose career development contributions are worthy of recognition!  To nominate a colleague, please complete the nomination form (see below). MCDA Board of Trustees are also eligible – Executive Board members are not.

Awards will be presented at the MCDA Spring Conference on Friday, March 13, 2020.   

Nominations period runs: Monday, January 6th – Monday, February 10th 

MCDA Award Descriptions

Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual’s lifetime achievement (15 years or more) in the field of career development. Ideal candidates possess the following criteria:                

  • Committed to career development for at least 15 years in a full-time or similar role 
  • Provided at least three significant contributions to career development field 
  • Made significant contribution to or was involved in MCDA at some point in their career  
  • Must be a current MCDA member 

Irene Rossman Award

This award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to MCDA and/or the field of career development. The nomination should specify accomplishment(s) above and beyond the duties of a paid position.  Ideal candidates possess the following criteria: 

  • Has at least 5 years of experience in the career development field in full-time or similar role
  • Has made a significant contribution or difference in the field; could be through volunteer work
  • Must be a current MCDA member

Marty Dockman Merit Award
This award honors individuals or teams who have made a significant difference in the lives of clients or made a significant contribution to MCDA. It may be a one-time achievement or an achievement over time.  The nomination should specify accomplishments above and beyond performing the duties of a paid position. The winner must be an MCDA member or one person on the winning team must be an MCDA member.                              

Sunny Hansen Graduate Student Award

This award honors outstanding graduate students for excellence in projects, service, teaching, and/or research that shows a demonstrable dedication to career development as a current or future career.

To nominate a colleague:
Step One: Submit this short nomination google form
Step Two: Email Wendy Griak, wendygriak@gmail.com the following:
1. A one-page letter that addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria (limit it to 500 words or less).
2. The nominee’s resume and/or detailed LinkedIn profile. Supporting documents are also accepted.
3. Include “Subject line: MCDA Award Nomination” on your email.