The Academy sponsors a Best Paper Award each year. The categories alternate between Best Student Paper Award and Best Doctoral Dissertation Award.

In 2018, an award to honor the Best Doctoral Dissertation will be presented at the annual NRPA Congress in Indianapolis. The award amount is $1,000 plus expenses of up to $500 for the author to travel to the Academy’s Annual Meeting to present the paper, and receive the award and a ticket to the Academy's Annual Banquet. There may also be up to two Certificate of Merit awards to the two (2) next best dissertations submitted.

Dissertations should make a contribution to scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration. Please review the award eligibility, entry procedure, rating criteria and timeline. An electronic application/copy of an abstract/executive summary (not exceeding 1000 words) will be due in the spring. More information will be posted here when the announcement is made.

Previous Winners
 

2018 BEST DISSERTATION AWARD CRITERIA
 
ELIGIBILITY
 
  1. For the dissertation award, the submission must have been written as a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a doctoral degree.
  2. The paper must have been completed in the previous two calendar years (2016 or 2017).
  3. The paper should make a contribution to scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration.
  4. The writer of the winning paper must personally attend the Academy’s annual meeting during the 2018 National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis and present a five minute synopsis of the paper.

This page will be updated when the call for papers has been made.