Emerging PDS Leader Award

All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to NASUP Awards committee using this link no later than Friday, Feb 2, 2024. Check out this VIDEO for more information.

2023 Emerging PDS Leaders Award Recipient

James Houle, Florida Southern College

James is an undergraduate student in his senior year at Florida Southern College. He is the Director of Leadership for the college’s Southern Ambassador Program, a senator in the Student Government Association, and he volunteers both locally and internationally through the Make-A Wish foundation.  James participates in the partnership between Polk County Schools and Florida Southern College.  He partners with mentor teachers to continue to develop as a teacher leader. James not only is an exemplar preservice teacher within the PDS, but he goes above and beyond at the schools in which he is placed. James volunteered with the conference committee this year with set up for the conference and presented his research in the poster session during the conference.

Award Information


This award is for student members of NASUP who have shown promising leadership in the PDS movement. This award is available to both undergraduate and graduate students.


In order for a candidate to be considered eligible for this award, they must:

  • Be a full-time student member of NASUP at the time of the Annual Conference
  • Attend the annual conference if possible (membership is included in registration)
  • Receive a nomination from a member of NASUP


Candidates will be considered in light of their contributions in one or more areas:

  • Service on a committee or publication of NASUP prior to the Annual Conference
  • Volunteer service at the Annual Conference
  • Presenting at the Annual Conference
  • Publication in School-University Partnerships or PDS Partners
  • Service to home institution’s PDS program


The nomination must demonstrate how the recipient is worthy of being named Emerging PDS Leader. A single nomination letter, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages with 12-point font and 1-inch margins is required. One supporting letter addressing the criteria for the award, may be submitted in addition to the nomination letter.  A copy of the nominee’s resume or vita must be included. Please note: Nomination letter and supporting letter must be from two different individuals. 

Nominators are encouraged to inform the nominee so that the nominee can provide any information that will assist in providing the nomination.

Selection Process

  1. NASUP members may nominate candidates to the Awards Committee using this link:  Emerging PDS Leader Award Submission
  2. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to the NASUP Awards committee no later than Monday, January 22, 2024.
  3. A sub-committee of the Awards Committee will review nominations using a  rubric based on the eligibility conditions and criteria detailed above.
  4. The winner(s) will be announced at the awards ceremony of the conference and publicized by press release to the honoree’s home institution and via the NASUP publications and website.


 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipients

2023 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipient
James Houle, Florida Southern College

2022 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipient
Angello Villarreal, Monmouth University

2021 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipients
Emma Rider, Salisbury University
Quintin Bostic, Georgia State University

2020 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipients
Kelly Glowny, SUNY Buffalo State
Jennifer McCorvey, University of South Florida
Kurt Salisbury, Baylor University

2019 Emerging PDS Leaders Award Recipients:
Christine Garas, SUNY Buffalo State
Kaylie Rahe, Emporia State
Nicholas Wozniak, Georgia Southern

2018 Emerging PDS Leaders Award Recipients:
Shelby Ennis, Salisbury University
Erin Morgart, Pennsylvania State University
Ashley Nylin, University of Georgia