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Award Criteria

ADEC Awards Information

Academic Educator

The academic educator award honors an individual with expertise in the field of dying, death and bereavement as demonstrated by: advanced academic degrees, professional honors, awards and other contributions.


Candidate Criteria

The individual demonstrates excellence in academic teaching in thanatology as demonstrated by: judgment of peers; department chair; dean and /or department; development of teaching materials; new courses; and student evaluations.

  • The individual’s scholarly ability is demonstrated by: publication record and/or membership on editorial boards of scholarly journals in the field of dying, death and bereavement.
  • The individual demonstrates continued growth by: keeping abreast of changes in the field of dying, death, and bereavement and/or being at the cutting edge of developing ideas in the field.
  • The individual must be living 
  • ADEC membership is preferred, but not required.

Nomination Requirements

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information: 

  • Nominator name and email address 
  • Nominee name and email address 
  • Award for nomination 
  • Reason for nominating individual 
Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information: 
  • Nominee name and email address 
  • CV or resume 
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award 
  • Two letters of recommendations from current students, former students or others who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in academic education  

 

Community Educator

The community educator award honors an individual with expertise in the field of dying, death, and bereavement as demonstrated by: advanced academic degrees, professional honors, awards, and other contributions.

Candidate Criteria

The individual demonstrates excellence in community-focused teaching in thanatology by: judgment of peers, development of workshops, presentations, or teaching materials.

  • The individual demonstrates continued growth by: keeping abreast of changes in the field of dying, death, and bereavement, and/or being at the cutting edge of developing ideas in the field.
  • The individual must be living.
  • ADEC membership is preferred, but not required.
 

Nomination Requirements

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominator name and email address
  • Nominee name and email address
  • Award for nomination
  • Reason for nominating individual

Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name and email address
  • CV or resume
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award
  • Two letters of recommendations from peers who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in community education as it relates to dying, death and bereavement

 

Clinical Practice

The clinical practice award honors an individual with expertise in clinical practice specific to dying, death, and bereavement as demonstrated by: honors, awards, reputation in nominee’s area of specialization, judgment by peers, supervisors and/or administrators, clients.


Candidate Criteria

The individual provides contributions to the field of dying, death, and bereavement as demonstrated by: innovations in practice; dissemination of knowledge based on personal experience and/or research; leadership in organization focusing on clinical practice as it relates to dying, death and bereavement.

  • The individual demonstrates continuing growth by: keeping abreast of changes in the field of dying, death, and bereavement and/or being at the cutting edge of developing ideas in clinical practice.
  • The individual must be living.
  • ADEC membership is preferred, but not required.

Nomination Requirements

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominator name and email address
  • Nominee name and email address
  • Award for nomination
  • Reason for nominating individual

Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name and email address
  • CV or resume
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award
  • Bulleted description of recognized excellence in thanatology clinical practice with an emphasis on honors, awards, reputation in nominee’s area of specialization, judgement by peers, supervisors and/or administrators
  • Two letters of recommendation from peers who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in clinical practice as it relates to dying, death and bereavement

 

Research Recognition

The research recognition award honors an individual with expertise in the field of dying, death, and bereavement who is actively conducting or who has conducted research in the last 25 years that adds/contributes significantly to the ADEC Body of Knowledge in studies concerning death and loss.

Candidate Criteria

The individual demonstrates ongoing consistent record of research and publication in the area of death education and/or grief counseling.

  • The individual’s research has been subject to peer review (accepted for publication in a refereed journal, reviewed by a grant funding agency, or accepted for presentation at a conference sponsored by a professional association in which proposals for presentation have been reviewed prior to acceptance).
  • The individual’s findings have been cited by other researchers or authors.
  • The individual’s findings have served as a foundation upon which prominent theories or practices have been constructed.
  • The individual must be living.
  • ADEC membership is preferred, but not required.

Nomination Requirements

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominator name and email address
  • Nominee name and email address
  • Award for nomination
  • Reason for nominating individual

Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name and email address
  • CV or resume
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award
  • Bulleted description of the research conducted and/or completed with an emphasis on scholarly publications, scholarly presentations, internal/external grants or other scholarly work in the field of dying, death and bereavement
  • Two letters of recommendations from peers who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in thanatology research


ADEC Service Award

The ADEC service award honors an individual with excellence in service to ADEC in consistent committee participation and other high-quality efforts to benefit the growth and development of the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

Candidate Criteria

  • The individual demonstrates excellence in service to ADEC as demonstrated by: consistent committee participation and other high-quality efforts to benefit the growth and development of the association.
  • The individual provides contributions to the activities of the association as demonstrated by: innovating association programs, conducting workshops, assisting with conferences, serving the association.
  • The individual must be living.
  • The individual must be an ADEC Member.

Nomination Requirements

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominator name and email address
  • Nominee name and email address
  • Award for nomination
  • Reason for nominating individual

Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name and email address
  • CV or resume
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award
  • Bulleted description of the research conducted and/or completed with an emphasis on consistent participation and efforts to benefit the growth and development of the association and contributions to the activities to the association
  • Two letters of recommendations from peers who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in service to ADEC


ADEC Lifetime Achievement

The lifetime achievement award designed to honor an outstanding individual in the area of death, dying, grief and loss who has had a national or international impact on the field and has dedicated his/her professional life to the development and improvement of death education, caring for the dying person, and grief counseling.

Candidate Criteria

  • The individual has made a significant contribution to the development and/or understanding of thanatology that historically has and will continue to distinguish their work.
  • The individual has a minimum of 25 years of service in the field of thanatology.
  • The individual has provided a significant contribution with a definable body of work through one or more of the following: theory development, presentations at professional conferences, reaching/training, research, publications, professional practice.
  • The individual may be living or deceased.
  • ADEC membership is preferred, but not required.

Nomination Requirements

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominator name and email address
  • Nominee name and email address
  • Award for nomination
  • Reason for nominating individual

Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name and email address
  • CV or resume
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award
  • Three letters of recommendations from peers who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in service to ADEC

Edie Stark-Shirley Scott Early Career 

Edie Stark and Shirley Scott were both nurses from Florida who were formative in the beginning and early growth of ADEC. As friends and colleagues, these two pioneering thanatologists were passionate about good care for the dying and the bereaved. They were also dedicated to encouraging and supporting young professionals entering the field to work with individuals in bereavement and at the end-of-life.
 
When Shirley died, ADEC was gifted with a bequest from her estate channeled through ADEC’s planned giving program, the Living Legacy Circle. After Edie’s death, her family requested that gifts in her memory be given to ADEC. Along with additional gifts from some special ADEC friends, the Edie Stark-Shirley Scott Early Career Award became an endowed fund whose earnings each year can be used to help keep alive the vision of these two thanatology pioneers.

The Edie Stark-Shirley Scott Early Career Award will be presented annually to a woman in the initial years of a career in thanatology who has distinguished herself through activity in scholarship, service, research, clinical practice, or social action. The award is intended to sponsor the winner’s registration fee for ADEC’s annual conference and provide a limited reimbursement for some travel expenses.

Candidate Criteria:

  • Be an ADEC member in good standing in BOTH the current year of the application AND the previous year.
  • Qualify as a woman who meets the criteria for New Professional status on the ADEC membership guidelines (less than three years since graduation).
  • Be currently employed in a professional capacity in the field of thanatology.
  • Makes a commitment to attend the entire upcoming ADEC conference.
  • Has distinguished herself through professional activity in scholarship, service, research, clinical practice, or social action.

Nomination Requirements:

Nominator is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominator name and email address
  • Nominee name and email address
  • Award for nomination
  • Reason for nominating individual

Should the nominee accept the nomination, the nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name and email address
  • CV or resume
  • 200-word narrative indicating why nominee is a strong candidate for this award
  • Three letters of recommendations from peers who can speak to the nominee’s excellence in through professional activity in scholarship, service, research, clinical practice, or social action.

Ronald Keith Barrett Diversity & Multicultural Presentation

Ronald Keith Barrett, PhD., F.T., Psychologist, Professor, Scholar, Author, Lecturer, Chair of the Department of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California was an active and dedicated member of the Association for Death, Education and Counseling (ADEC) and founder of the People of Color Forum.  Dr. Barrett passed away on May 31, 2015, in Santa Monica, California. Through The Estate of Ronald Keith Barrett, PhD., a gift of $25,000.00 is given to the Association for Death, Education and Counseling (ADEC).  The purpose of the gift is to establish, at the ADEC Annual Conference, The Ronald Keith Barrett, PhD. Scholarship for Diversity and Multicultural Presentations. The mission is to support and increase opportunities for presenters of color and persons whose work and presentations on diversity and multicultural rituals, traditions and concerns brings awareness and sensitivity to end-of-life caregiving.

Candidate Criteria:

The Ronald Keith Barrett, PhD. Scholarship for Diversity and Multicultural Presentations will be awarded to a presenter(s) whose presentation(s) demonstrate diversity and/or multicultural sensitivity to rituals, traditions and concerns in the field of death, dying, education and counseling.

Selection Requirements:

The award recipient(s) is/are chosen from abstracts submitted for concurrent sessions for the conference.  The Diversity and Inclusion Committee members are sent the abstracts submitted with the Cultural/Socialization Indicator by November 30, 2019.  The committee make the selection by December 15, 2019 and recommendation is sent to Conference Planning Committee Chair for approval by Conference Planning Committee.  Recipient(s) is/are notified of award following their registration of the conference.