Each year NAASS recognizes member schools that offer creative and innovative programs. To find out more about these awards, follow the links below.

Creative and Innovative Award

Each year NAASS recognizes member schools that offer creative and innovative programs. Through these awards, NAASS seeks to highlight the importance of curriculum development, give credit to summer session programs that make outstanding contributions to the management, operation, and marketing of summer session, and provide a forum for members to learn from each other.

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Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented by NAASS in recognition of extraordinary service to NAASS and contributions to the field of summer session administration. The Award recognizes individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership in summer session administration by their exemplary service to NAASS, and/or by enhancing the status of summer sessions within higher education while administering successful summer sessions at their institution.

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Theresa Neil Memorial Research Award

The Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund provides financial support for summer sessions research. It is funded by a consortium consisting of the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS), the North Central Conference on Summer Schools (NCCSS), the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA), and the Association of University Summer Sessions (AUSS). The award, formerly called the Summer Session Research Consortium Award, honors the memory of Theresa Ann Neil, a nearly 20-year member of the staff at at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Born in 1948, Theresa passed away on June 25, 1994 after an accident that took her life and that of her husband, D.C. Neil. She served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration and Director of Continuing Education and Extension at Duluth.

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Honorary Life Membership

To be eligible for Honorary Life Membership of NAASS, the individual must have been active in summer session management for at least 10 years, been retired from summer session activity for at least two years and have consistently provided outstanding service to NAASS.

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