Each year, the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values identifies a Best Practice Award and Dissertation of the Year Award recipients. The awards began in 2011 through the sponsorship of the Templeton Foundation. Higher Education professionals nominate outstanding doctoral candidates and programs for the awards that reflect the Institute’s dedication to developing student values, morals, and character.
Past Award Recipients
Dissertation of the Year
2013 - Matthew Richardson, Central Michigan University, Building Students' Civic Identities: The Role of Socio-Cultural Issues Discussions and Social Perspective-Taking
2012 - Chris Wilcox Elliot, University of Virginia, A New ‘Transcendence Model of Identity Construction’
2011 - Eric Lovik, The Pennsylvania State University, The Impact Of Organizational Features And Student Experiences On Spiritual Development During the First Year Of College
Best Practices Award
2013 - Virginia Tech, SERVE LLC, Striving for a Culture of Inclusive, Organic, and Appropriately Vulnerable Reflection
2012 - Northern Michigan University, Center for Student Enrichment, Leadership Education as Character Development - Best Practices from 21 Years of Helping Graduates Live Purposeful Lives
2011 - Alverno College, Valuing Department, Valuing in Decision-Making Ability: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Across the Curriculum and Campus Culture
Note: For interviews with past award winners, please visit the Character Clearinghouse.