Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research which exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will recognize research which reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the research process. Nominations should focus on highlighting exceptional current research. Only one Outstanding Research Award is bestowed by the Society each year. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a member of CDS during the year of award nomination and presentation
  • Overview and description of research output
  • Demonstrates how the research is meaningful to community development practice
  • Demonstrates of a sound research methodology used in the research output)
  • Demonstrates of how research adheres to the CDS Principles of Good Practice
Past Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award Recipients:
  • 2019 James Calvin
  • 2016 David Campbell
  • 2015 Ted Alter
  • 2011 Ted Lyons
  • 2010 John Green
  • 2009 Deborah Markley
  • 2006 Norman Walzer
  • 2005 Cornelia Butler Flora
  • 2002 Edward J. Blakely
  • 2001 Ronald Shaffer

 

Awards

During its annual conference, the Community Development Society (CDS) has the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of its Members and colleagues through a variety of awards. We encourage anyone to recognize the work of their community development colleagues by submitting a nomination on their behalf.

On May 9th, the link to the nomination form will appear here.

FILL OUT THE NOMINATION FORM BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

May 9: Nominations Open.

May 20: Nominations Close.

June 10: Support documentation is due from the nominees.

July 1: Winners are notified.

July 20: Awards are presented at the annual conference.

The purpose and eligibility criteria for each award can be found in the links below.

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award
Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award
Outstanding Community Development Educator Award
Community Development Achievement Award
Outstanding Program Award
Innovative Program Award
Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award
Current Research Award
Student Recognition Award
Friend of Community Development Award
International Community Development Award
Special Awards

Call for CDS Award Nominations

Each year we invite you to reflect on the outstanding accomplishments made in the field of community development as we issue the call for award nominations.  The Society may present up to nine awards annualy that recognize long-standing service to the organization, outstanding and innovative research, teaching and programs, and the students, new professionals, and friends that help ensure our pracitce endures.  

The full call for award nominations and nomination form is available here.  Nominations are due by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15, 2015.  Award recepients will be honored formally during the annual Awards and Recognition Banquet that will take place during the Annual International Conference that will be held on July 19-22, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky.  

Summaries of the awards presented by the Society are listed below. Please consider submitting a nomination to recognize the oustanding accomplishments of your colleagues and friends.

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of superior and long-standing service to the field of community development, and, in particular, work for the advancement of the Society.  Current officers and Board members are not eligible for this award.

Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research which exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will recognize research which reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the research process. Only one Outstanding Research Award may be bestowed by the Society each year.

Community Development Achievement Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to community development.  The person may be recognized for teaching, research, programming, administration or any combination of these roles.

Outstanding Program Award 

Presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of completion of superior programming that exemplifies and positively influences community development practice.  The award will recognize a program that reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the implementation process.

Innovative Program Award

Presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program using the principles of good practice as adopted by the Society.

Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society.

Current Research Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of a current research project(s) or product that represents an important contribution to the field of community development.

Student Recognition Award

Presented to a CDS member who is either an undergraduate or graduate student, in recognition of his or her contribution to community development through a paper, an article, a field project or internship, or other applied research.

Friend of Community Development Award

Presented to a person who is not a CDS member, but who has made a significant contribution to the field of community development.  This contribution could have been accomplished through his or her role as author, educator, administrator (public or private sector), community organizer, or elected or appointed official.

Awards

CDS 2018 Awards & Scholarships

It’s that time again! CDS Scholarships and Awards are back. It’s time for you to encourage students and members alike to apply for this year’s CDS scholarships. 

Awards

Make your nominations by February 14th!

Awards Summary and Eligibility Criteria

This is your opportunity to nominate peers. colleagues, students and mentors to be recognized for their contributions to the community development field. Awards will be presented at the 2018 CDS Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan, July 22-25, 2018.

CDS awards recognize new and experienced community devlopment proactitioners, researchers, students and supporters as we celebrate the outstanding and innovative leaders in our field. Award include honors for research, programming , acheivement, service to the profession and community development education. 

The award process this makes it easier for you to nominate someone with key background information. Following the nomination period, the Committee will work with the nominees to gather addtional supporting documentation. Key dates in the new timeline are as follows:

February 14

Nominations are due: all nominations received after the deadline will be automatically elligible in the next round of awards.

April 1

Support documentation is due from the nominees,

Early May

Winners are notified.

July 22 - 25

Awards presented at the 2018 CDS conference in Detroit, Michigan.

To submit your nomination complete the online awards application form.

For more information on each ward, visit the awards summary page.

Awards presented at the 2018 CDS conference in Detroit, Michigan.

Please direct any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CDS Awards History

The CDS Awards were established in 1984 to recognize the outstanding and innovative achievements of our members and friends. Their work, programs and research advances the field of community development and reflects the CDS Principles of Good Practice. Each year up to nine awards, listed below, are presented during the Annual International Conference held in July. 

Learn more about the CDS Awards and past recipients by following the links below.

Community Development Achievement Award

Current Research Award

Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award

Friend of Community Development Award

Innovative Program Award

Outstanding Program Award

Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award

Student Recognition Award 

International Community Development Practice Award

Outstanding Community Development Educator Award

Special One-Time Awards

Scholarships

Applications will be opening soon

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