American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration call for Papers, winners receive $$ to travel and present their papers

From: Academy of Leisure Sciences [mailto:ALSNET@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Randy Virden
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 5:28 PM
To: ALSNET@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: 2nd Notice of 2015 AAPRA Best Paper Award Competition – Updated Award Amounts – Submissions due April17, 2015

ALSNET Colleagues, Graduate Faculty and Recent Masters and Baccalaureate Graduates:

The American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) is proud to announce its Best Paper Awards for 2015. The Best Paper Award competition rotates every other year between a doctoral dissertation (even years) and a pre-doctoral research paper (odd years). This year the Academy will recognize the Best Master’s Thesis/Project or Undergraduate Professional Paper.

BEST PAPER AWARD One (1) Best Paper Award of $750 plus expenses of up to $500 for the author to travel to the Academy’s Annual Meeting (at the 2015 NRPA Congress in Las Vegas) to receive the award and provide a short presentation the paper. Certificate of Merit awards will be given to the two (2) next Best Papers submitted.

Theses and papers should make a contribution to the 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 – see attached. An electronic application/copy of an executive summary (not exceeding 1000 words) is due to the Chair of the Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee by Monday, April 17, 2015.

Please share this information with any recent master’s degree and/or baccalaureate graduates (open to those who completed their degree requirements in calendar years 2013 or 2014) who may be eligible or interested in such a program/award.

You may contact the Best Paper Award Chair, Randy J. Virden with any questions. You may reach him via email rjvirden or by phone at (480) 215-0340.

Sincerely,

Randy J. Virden

Best Paper Award Chair,

American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration

Randy J. Virden, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

School of Community Resources & Development

Arizona State University

AAPRABestPaperTimelineCriteria.pdf


ANNOUNCING THE ACADEMY FOR PARK & RECREATION ADMINISTRATION BEST DISSERTATION AWARD ANNUAL COMPETITION

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The Academy (AAPRA) is an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. We have three primary purposes:

1.       The purpose of the Academy is to advance knowledge related to the administration of public parks and recreation.

2.       To encourage scholarly efforts both by practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of public parks and recreation administration, and to promote broader public understanding of the importance of public parks and recreation to the public good.

3.       To conduct research, publish scholarly papers, and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of public parks and recreation administration.

 

DESCRIPTION: In light of the Academy’s focus, we host an annual competition that alternates yearly between best paper and best doctoral dissertation.  In even numbered years (e.g. 2014) we host the BEST DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AWARD.

TIMELINE: The Call for Papers goes out to colleges and universities that have known parks and recreation degree programs each year. In March, students submit abstracts/executive summaries for consideration. The Selection Committee narrows down the submissions to the top three entries and, in May those students are invited to submit a copy of the dissertation. Competition participants are notified in early July as to the status of their entry. A presentation to the awardee is made at the AAPRA Annual Business meeting, which is held in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Congress each fall.

THE AWARD:

The Best Dissertation Award Winner receives $1,000 and up to $500 to assist with travel expenses to the Annual Meeting. In addition, the Academy works to have the executive summary published in a professional publication. The two Runners-Up receive public recognition and Certificates of Merit for their outstanding work.

 

 

 

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BEST PAPER/BEST DISSERTATION 
AWARD COMPETITION

 

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 (2) calendar years (2012 or 2013).

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 National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Congress and present a five (5) minute synopsis of the paper.

ENTRY PROCEDURE

1.       An electronic copy of an executive summary of the paper, not exceeding 1000 words is be submitted to the Chair of the Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee (Chris Nunes, Ph.D, CPRE Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas at cnunes@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov).  Summaries exceeding this word limit will not be considered.  Submittals are due no later than March 14, 2014.

2.       Only the title of the paper should appear on the executive summary (no personally identifying information). Include a separate cover page that identifies the: student’s name, current email address and phone number; guiding professor’s name, current email address and phone number; date on which the paper was completed; and title of the paper.

3.       The Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee will undertake a blind review of the executive summary.

4.       Writers of the three (3) executive summaries that receive the highest ratings will be requested to submit a full electronic copy of their paper to the Committee Chair. The committee will then review each paper and select the winner.

REVIEW CRITERIA

A committee of Academy members will evaluate the executive summaries and the invited full papers using the following weighted scoring system:

1.       RELATIONSHIP TO PARK AND RECREATION ADMINISTRATION (15 pts)

        The subject matter must relate to park and recreation administration in some way. While it may use a separate disciplinary approach – for example, management, marketing, economics, financing, evaluation, or social psychology – it must have relevance to park and recreation administration in the broad context. Given these parameters, is the topic timely and of importance?

2.       QUALITY OF THE PROBLEM DEVELOPMENT (25 pts)

        The methodology should be clearly presented and demonstrate knowledge of techniques appropriate to the research and its objectives (research questions, hypotheses). Methodological quality should be judged in the context of the discipline and appropriateness to the study. For example, economic studies are likely to utilize a different methodology from those pertaining to management. Similarly, ease study, quantitative, historical, and phenomenological studies will adopt different methodologies.

3.       CREATIVE APPROACH (20 pts)

        The study should make a creative contribution to the discipline and/or profession. Does the study examine a new problem? Does the study make a creative contribution to the knowledge of park and recreation administration? Does the study use new techniques to examine an old problem? Does the study extend the topic beyond our present understanding?

4.       USEFULNESS AND APPLICABILITY (20 pts)

        While the development of theory is important, the study should have implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration. This criterion is concerned with measuring the application to practice.

5.       QUALITY OF PRESENTATION (20 pts)

        The quality of the writing, including readability and use of graphics, is measured by this criterion. Although technical jargon may be necessary, practitioners should understand the writing. Overall organization, continuity and clarity, along with the quality of the style and grammar fall within this criterion.

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American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) Best Paper Award

AWARDS

One (1) student will receive a Best Student Paper Award of $500 plus expenses of up to $250 for the author to travel to the Academy’s Annual Meeting to receive the award and present the paper; the paper will be published in Parks & Recreation Magazine.

Certificate of Merit awards will be given to the two (2) next best student papers submitted

ELIGIBILITY

A student paper refers to either a master’s thesis or a major professional paper written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master’s degree; or to a senior undergraduate thesis written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree or similar qualification.

The paper must have been completed in the previous two (2) calendar years.

The paper should make a contribution to scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration.

Papers written by students who were pursuing a doctoral degree at the time the paper was written are not eligible.

The writer of the winning paper must personally attend the Academy’s annual meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Congress and present a five (5) minute synopsis of his or her paper.

ENTRY PROCEDURE

An electronic copy of an executive summary of the paper, not exceeding 1000 words should be submitted to the Chair of the Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee. Summaries exceeding this word limit will not be considered. This is due April 15, 2013.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ARE FOUND ON THE ATTACHMENT.

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