The ACA Fellows Awards

The ACA Fellows Awards, the highest honor awarded by the American Counseling Association, recognize ACA members who have contributed to, and advanced, the counseling profession throughout their career.



Background and Purpose

The American Counseling Association Fellows Awards acknowledge ACA members of professional distinction for significant and unique contributions to the counseling profession. The awards recognize ACA members for their service throughout their career and are a call for continued service—as professional counselors, authors, mentors, conference facilitators, practitioners, scholars and leaders.

ACA Fellows:

  • Are leaders in the counseling field who strongly embrace the ACA Code of Ethics and the ACA Position Statement on Nondiscrimination.
  • Represent a diverse community of leaders that creates and expands knowledge and insight into the strategic matters of the counseling profession.
  • Identify and develop future leaders.
  • Take an active role in the American Counseling Association in the identification of future trends, research and issues.
  • Serve through active leadership in support of the American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Fellows activities and programs.

  • Deadline: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
    Judges: ACA Awards Committee
    Prize: Recognition and presentation of the award at the ACA 2019 Conference & Expo to be held March 28 - 31, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Inductees are expected to attend both the Conference and the awards ceremony. 
    Sponsor: The American Counseling Association Foundation

    Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

    ACA Fellows candidates are required to have made a significant, distinctive and unique contribution to the counseling profession in one or more of the following areas:

    • Professional Practice
    • Scientific Achievement
    • Leadership and Governance
    • Teaching and Training

    A candidate for an American Counseling Association Fellows Award must be an ACA member for at least 10 continuous years and must be a member in good standing in the year the ACA Fellow status is conferred.

    ACA Fellows candidates are expected to be active members of the American Counseling Association and its divisions and are expected to have an identity as a professional counselor.

    The American Counseling Association and the ACA Fellows Selection Committee place significant weight on the possession of appropriate professional credentials (LPC, CMHC, SC, CRC, NCC, NCSC, etc.). ACA Fellows candidates should identify their eligibility for, and their possession of, appropriate credentials based on experience, education, etc.

    ACA Fellows candidates must have a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling.

    ACA Fellows candidates are nominated by American Counseling Association members in good standing.

    ACA members may nominate more than one ACA Fellows candidate. Nominators should have direct experience with their nominee(s) and must be able to personally attest to their leadership qualities and other attributes.

    Nominators should verify that they and their nominee(s) are American Counseling Association members. 

    Self-nominations are not accepted for ACA Fellows Awards.

    An individual can only be nominated for one award per year.

    Nomination Guidelines

    The total submission package for the ACA Fellows award may exceed 16 pages in length. All nomination materials must be combined into one document (all formats accepted), with the nomination letter first.


    The nomination materials should clearly identify the nominee’s membership in ACA and identity as a professional counselor.

    Nomination letter: In the letter, identify the nominee and the specific award. Explain why you believe the nominee should receive the award by responding to the specific criteria outlined in the nomination guidelines. Keep in mind that the awards reviewers are relying on the information you provide to choose the most deserving recipient for the award. Please address each nomination guideline and make sure your nominee meets the award criteria and requirements. Brevity, clarity and specificity are most important here.

    Curriculum vitae: No more than four pages highlighting the nominee’s service and involvement with the American Counseling Association and the counseling profession.

    A statement by the nominee on what it means to be a professional counselor.

    A letter of endorsement: It is highly recommended that the letter of endorsement should be written by an ACA Fellow, however this letter may be provided by any ACA member or volunteer. Endorsements should result from direct contact with the candidate and should paint a picture of the candidate beyond what is stated in their supporting documents. Letters of endorsement should explain how the candidate has made a significant and distinctive impact on the counseling profession.

    At least three letters supporting the nominee as an ACA Fellow from others familiar with the nominee and her or his accomplishments.

    Supporting materials: Include a nominee biography. If there are additional materials (news reports, journal articles, etc.) that you feel help support the nominee’s achievements, please include a copy of them.

    SUBMIT A NOMINATION

    **NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.

    Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

    Send questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process HERE

    Supported and sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation.

    Previous Awardees


    2018 ACA Fellows

    Stanley B. Baker
    Darcy Haag Granello
    Paul Granello
    Danica Hays
    Barbara Herlihy
    Melissa Luke
    Barry Mascari
    Sylvia Nassar
    Dee Ray
    Catherine B. Roland
    Carl J. Sheperis
    Joshua Watson
    Jane M. Webber

    2017 ACA Fellows
    Carol Bobby
    Donna Gibson, PhD
    Charles F. Gressard, PhD, LPC, NCC
    W. Bryce Hagedorn, PhD, LMHC, NCC, MAC
    Sharon Robinson Kurpius
    Amy Milsom, LPC, LPC-S, NCC
    Chris Wood, PhD, NCC, NCSC

    2016 ACA Fellows
    Richard Balkin, PhD, LPCC, NCC
    Frank Burtnett, EdD
    S. Kent Butler, Jr.
    Catherine Y. Chang, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS
    Robert K. Conyne, PhD
    Robert Rocco Cottone, PhD
    David L. Fenell, PhD
    Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, PhD
    A. Michael Hutchins, PhD
    Sylvia A. Marotta-Walters, PhD, ABPP

    2015 ACA Fellows
    Dr. Fred Bemak
    Dr. Devika Dibya Choudhuri
    Dr. Rita Chi-Ying Chung
    Dr. Mary Ann Clark
    Dr. Janet Froeschle Hicks, LPC, CSC
    Dr. Richard C. Henriksen, Jr.
    Dr. Lisa R. Jackson-Cherry, LCPC, NCC, ACS, NCSC, PCE
    Dr. Glenn W. Lambie, NCC, NCSC, CCMHC
    Dr. Nick J. Piazza, LPCC-S
    Dr. Stephen Southern
    Dr. Cirecie A. West-Olatunji

    2014 ACA Fellows
    Dr. Kirk Bowden
    Dr. B. Grant Hayes
    Dr. Karin Jordan
    Dr. David M. Lawson
    Dr. James L. Moore, III
    Dr. Debra Osborn

    2013 ACA Fellows
    Dr. Patricia Arredondo
    Joyce Breasure-Herrick
    Dr. Brian S. Canfield
    Donna R. Chiles
    Dr. Brooke B. Collison
    Dr. Tom Davis
    Dr. Marcheta P. Evans
    Donna Ford
    George M. Gazda
    Harriet L. Glosoff
    Dr. Kelley R. Kenney
    Dr. Betty Jean Emmett Knox
    Judy Lewis
    Dr. Don W. Locke
    Dr. Colleen Logan
    Mary Finn Maples
    Dr. Marianne H. Mitchell
    Robert J. Nejedlo
    Dr. Beverly J. O’Bryant
    Dr. Edil Torres Rivera
    Dr. Robert Schaffer
    Bruce Shertzer
    Dr. Marie A. Wakefield

    2012 ACA Fellows
    Dr. John R. Culbreth
    Dr. Gary G. Gintner
    Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu
    Dr. Carmen F. Salazar
    Dr. Rebecca L. Toporek
    Dr. Mark E. Young

    2011 ACA Fellows
    Craig S. Cashwell
    Dennis W. Engels
    Thomas H. Hohenshil
    Brandon Hunt
    Carolyn W. Kern
    Martin Richie
    E. H. Mike Robinson, III
    J. Scott Young

    2010 ACA Fellows
    Janice DeLucia-Waack
    Thelma Duffey, PhD
    Donna Henderson
    A. Scott McGowan, PhD, NCC, ACS
    William D. Schafer
    William Sedlacek
    Dr. Robert L. Smith
    Dr. Ann Vernon
    Clemmont Vontress, PhD
    Dr. Richard E. Watts

    2009 ACA Fellows
    James M. Benshoff
    Jo-Ida C. Hansen
    Richard Hazler
    Allen E. Ivey
    Gerald A. Juhnke
    Joseph R. Kandor
    Pamela Paisley
    James Sampson, Jr.

    2008 ACA Fellows
    L. DiAnne Borders
    Loretta J. Bradley
    David Capuzzi
    Robert C. Chope
    Jane Goodman
    Norman S. Gysbers
    Courtland C. Lee
    Theodore Remley
    F. Robert Wilson

    2007 ACA Fellows
    Thelma T. Daley
    Sam Gladding
    David Jepsen
    Spencer Niles
    Thomas Parham
    Mark Savickas
    Pat Schwallie-Giddis

    2006 ACA Fellows
    Nanine M. Bernard
    Jeanne Bleuer
    Sherlon P. Brown
    Judy Daniels
    Brad Erford
    Harold L. Hackney
    Lynn Linde
    Mark Pope
    Lee Joyce Richmond
    Garry Walz

    2005 ACA Fellows
    Jon Carlson
    Thomas W. Clawson
    Doris Rhea Coy
    Patricia B. Elmore
    Sunny S. Hansen
    Thomas F. Harrington
    Mary Bradford Ivey
    David Kaplan
    Larry C. Loesch
    Jane E. Myers
    Thomas J. Sweeney

    2004 ACA Fellows
    Gerald Corey
    Edwin Herr
    Diana Hulse-Killacky
    Allen Ivey
    Rex Stockton

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