Nasim Dil Award Nominations

The Nasim Dil Award for Outstanding Service to Teacher Education is an annual award given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to the development and advancement of quality teacher education in special education.

Criteria: The criteria for the selection of the recipient of the Small Special Education Programs Caucus (SSEPC) Nasim Dil Award for Outstanding Service to Teacher Education include demonstrated commitment to personnel preparation in small special education programs through two or more of the following areas:

1. Service in leadership roles to advance teacher education opportunities in small special education programs (e.g., holding a leadership position(s) in teacher education organizations, recipients of honors and awards - either at home IHE or on the national level);
2. Active promotion of quality teacher education in small special education programs (e.g., writing articles for the SSEPC Monograph, being involved in state initiatives involving teacher education,developing innovative teacher education curricula and teaching practices, etc.);
3. Active participation in activities promoting opportunities for faculty from small special education programs to have a voice in the field of special education teacher education (e.g., encouraging and leading SSEPC members; involvement in political and educational activities that relate to teacher education, being involved in state-level decision making involving teacher education);
4. Active participation in activities promoting collaboration (in terms of research and professional development) among members of SSEPC (e.g., initiating, developing, and coordinating activities that involve several SSEPC members: conference presentations, research projects, co-authoring SSEPC-sponsored events, etc.); and/or
5. Active participation in SSEPC service in leadership roles to advance teacher education.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:
a. must be a member of TED and SSEPC
b. Nominees may be nominated or self-nominate.
c. Previous award winners will not be eligible again within a 10 year time period.

Electronic Nomination Materials should include the following:
a. A current vita of the nominee;
b. A letter of nomination documenting the nominee's eligibility for the award;
c. Letters of support for the nomination from individuals knowledgeable of the nominee's contributions relative to one or more of the criteria stated above.

Deadline: Nomination materials are due August 1, 2016

Nomination materials and/or questions should be emailed to Frank Dykes, Past Chair of SSEPC at fdykes@uttyler.edu

Past Award Winners:
  • 2000 Bill Geiger
  • 2001 Shirley Ritter
  • 2002 Barbara Reed
  • 2003 Glenn Buck
  • 2004 Roberta Strosnider
  • 2005 Georgia Kerns
  • 2006 Debi Gartland
  • 2007 Cynthia Watkins
  • 2008 Michelle Kamens
  • 2009 Laura Carpenter
  • 2010 Diane Giannola
  • 2011 Shirley Steffens
  • 2012 Brenda Gilliam
  • 2014 Dava O’Connor
  • 2015 Patti Powell
  • 2016 Dee Berlinghoff

Dr. Dee Berlinghoff, 2016 recipient, and Dr. Frank Dykes, Chair of the Selection Committee