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Minnesota Career Development Association

2017 Award Nominations

It’s time to NOMINATE fellow MCDA members whose contributions to some aspect of career development are worthy of recognition! Awards will be presented at the 2017 MCDA Careers Conference on the morning of Friday, April 28th. Award recipients will receive a plaque and recognition at the annual MN Careers Conference. The submission deadline for these award nominations is Friday, March 17, 2017.

Download the Awards Nomination Form


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 human development and career development throughout their career*; statewide or national recognition of activities*; influential across any or all branches of career development*; and a bridge builder across different professional organizations and/or among professional colleagues.
* Nominee must meet these criteria

Research Award This award honors individuals who have conducted applied research that impacts career development. When submitting nominations, please include the title of the project, the target population and setting (include funding source, if applicable), a brief description of the research, the significance of the research for the field of career development, and evidence of impact. Research must be of publishable quality, but not necessarily in a refereed journal.

Marty Dockman Merit Award This award honors individuals (or teams of individuals) who have made a difference in the lives of clients or served MCDA, the organization. It may be a one-time achievement or an achievement over time.

Sunny Hansen Graduate Student Award MCDA will again be recognizing 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. The selected recipient(s) will receive a plaque, and membership to MCDA for one year.

Submit nomination packets to: Katie Ness, MCDA Secretary at