This prestigious award recognizes and honors an outstanding administrator who, through his/her professional work, has demonstrated exemplary support for science education at the school, district, and/or county level. This award honors an administrator whose primary responsibility is outside the area of science instruction.

The award is presented at the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) luncheon held at the annual NSELA Leadership Summit. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque donated by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Eligibility
Outstanding administrators who provide exemplary support for K-12 science education are eligible to be nominated for this award. The applicant must be nominated by a current NSELA member. Examples of applicants include superintendent or central office administrator (e.g. assistant/deputy superintendent for curriculum/instruction, curriculum and instruction coordinator, professional development coordinator, assessment director, school principal). Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership support that impacts K-12 science teachers and students.

Award Selection Criteria

Outstanding contributions and/or accomplishments in providing exemplary support for science education are the main selection criteria. These may include:

  • unique or extraordinary short-term leadership accomplishments, such as initiating, collaborating on, or supporting whole-heartedly one or more science education professional development and/or curriculum implementation projects; or achieving impressive data-based results in supporting science education reform or improvement projects;
  • significant contributions toward science education support over a long period of time; and/or
  • a series of substantial contributions that support science teachers/leaders and students.

Submission Requirements
The nominator should submit a letter limited to two pages briefly describing the nominee and his/her qualifications for this award. Nominator information needs to include name, position/title, email, work and home phone numbers, and work and home addresses.

The nominator should inform the nominee that it is the nominee's responsibility to assemble an application packet that includes the following items.

  1. The nominator's letter that summarizes the nominee's qualifications for this award.
  2. Curriculum vita or résumé (not more than three pages) that addresses the award selection criteria. The vita should include: name, position/title, email, work and home phone numbers, work and home addresses. The vita should document the candidate's educational record of earned degrees, dates and field of study; any professional memberships and positions in/contributions to those organizations; any special awards or other forms of professional recognition; presentations including those related to science education; any notable publications; and any prior work experience that exhibited exemplary support for science education.
  3. Evidence of leadership in science education that is no more than three pages in length that provides specific examples of leadership that supported science teachers and students. This may include work at previous positions that demonstrated support for science education over an extended period of time. Please refer to the above Award Selection Criteria in preparing this section.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation that substantiate the nominee's leadership accomplishments in support of science education with specific examples. One letter of support must be from a superintendent or immediate supervisor and one letter from a subordinate. If the candidate is a superintendent or has no supervisor, a third letter can be submitted by another qualified individual (e.g. science specialist, teacher, school board member, higher education faculty member).
  5. Name, address, and website of nominee's local newspaper.

The complete application packet is to be submitted online on the NSELA website (www.nsela.org) uploaded as PDF files. All submitted items become the property of NSELA and will not be returned. Any late or faxed materials will not be accepted.

Submission Deadline

All award application materials, including the letters of recommendation, must be received online by the NSELA Awards Committee chairperson, Nancy Kellogg, by Friday, December 1, 2017.

OASA Nomination Form
Letters of Recommendation

Questions?
Please contact Nancy Kellogg at nancy.kellogg@comcast.net

Past Outstanding Administrative Support Award Winners:

2017 Sharon Delesbore, Texas
2016 
Linda Atkinson, Oklahoma
2015 
Manley MidgettNorth Carolina
2014 
Tom Manke, Washington
2013 Ann Blakeney Clark, North Carolina
2012 
Nanciann Gatta, Illinois
2011 
Danny Bell, Louisiana
2010 
Steve Gonzalez, California
2009
 Ruth Ann Carr, Oklahoma 
2008
 Ray J. Bandlow, New Jersey 
2007
 Pamela T. Henson, Alabama 
2006
 Gene Harris, Ohio 
2005
 Michael Klentschy, California 
2004
 Larry Mabe, North Carolina 
2003
 No Award 
2002
 Sheldon Berman, Massachusetts 
2001
 Ernest Bibby, North Carolina 
2000
 Jerry Valadez, California 
1999
 Renee Williams, Texas 
1998
 Wayne Lett, Virginia