Higher Ed HR Awards

Donald E. Dickason Award

Sponsored by TIAA

Nominations for 2018 are now closed. Nominations for 2019 will open in January 2019.

CUPA-HR’s highest honor is named for the association’s founder. Established in 1970, this award recognizes an individual for exceptional leadership and service to CUPA-HR. Through the generous support of TIAA, CUPA-HR will make a $6,000 contribution to the recipient’s institution.


  • Distinguished and continuing service to CUPA-HR;
  • Significant contributions to the association in terms of new ideas, dedication and commitment;
  • Demonstrated leadership at all levels of the organization;
  • Excellence and professionalism in the field of higher education human resource administration.

Eligibility Note: Individuals who are employed by the association, individuals who serve on the CUPA-HR national board of directors, and the institutions of those directors are not eligible to be nominated or selected for awards during their terms of service.


The CUPA-HR national office will be closed November 22-23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.