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Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award
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About the DiP Award

This page offers resources to members and a general overview of the DiP award. Information about the 2019 DiP Award will be announced in Spring 2019.

2018 Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award Winners:

Dr. Erin Natalie Kanoelani Thompson from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, From Mo`olelo to Mana`o: Transforming Postsecondary Support systems for Native Hawaiian Teacher Education Students

Dr.Staci BokHee Martin from Portland State University, Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope through the Use of a Psychosocial Peace Building Education Course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakum Refugee Camp, Kenya


An Honorable Mention has also been given to:

Dr. Karen Caldwell from Johns Hopkins University, Example-Based Learning for Information Problem Solving in Arabian Gulf Higher Education


Additional Resources

Prior Winners  

This area provides a list of all our prior winners and links to their dissertations in practice

Database of Sample DiPs from member institutions

The database offers a sampling of DiPs from member institutions to provide examples of format and content for DiPs.

DiP Award Committee Reports 
To learn more about the DiP committee review process, we offer the following annual committee presentations: 2013, 2015, 2017 

Call for New Members: DiP Award Committee

The Dissertation in Practice (DiP) of the Year Award Committee is comprised of a group of CPED faculty members who work collaboratively over the course of an award cycle receive and review DiP submissions from member institution graduates and select an annual award winner(s) that offers an exemplar of the CPED definition of Dissertation in Practice. The Award process is both a means to honor exemplars from member institutions and a means to learn about the changes to dissertations that strengthen, improve, support, and promote the CPED framework through continued collaboration and investigation.

The Dissertation in Practice Award Committee is looking for new members to serve on this committee.  Planning for and reviewing dissertation synopses to select finalists and then reviewing full dissertations to select a winner occurs between June and September.  A planning meeting is typically held at the June Convening, and the remaining work is conducted online.  The award is presented at the fall Convening.  We work collaboratively throughout the process. 

If you are interested in applying for this committee, please send 1-2 paragraphs describing your interest in serving on this committee, your skills/experience with collaboration and evaluating dissertations, and your ability to fulfill the responsibilities of this committee in the specified timeline to Maida Finch, co-chair of the committee, at  Please contact Maida with any questions.

General Overview of Submission Process

This prestigious award is given to EdD graduate(s) whose DiP shows evidence of scholarly endeavors in impacting a complex problem of practice, and aligns with CPED Working Principles. 


Submitting institution may be a Designing & Developing, Implementing, Experienced and CPED member, but must have been an institutional member for at least 1 year. The Dissertation in Practice must have been successfully defended prior to the submission deadline, and must have been defended within the past year.

The EdD graduate must submit all required documents (.pdf format only) through the online submission process and able to be in attendance at the October CPED Convening.

The CPED DiP Award Committee will select five finalists who will be asked to submit their full DiP for review. Award Committee members will draw on the following criteria in considering the award decisions, recognizing that submission may vary widely and achieve distinction in many ways.  

Learn more about the requirements and selection criteria online.

The author(s) of the winning DiP will be invited to attend the October CPED convening where they will be recognized. The recipient(s) will be awarded a plaque, and a check for $1000. The recipient(s) will be encouraged to submit an article for publication based on the DiP.   

Database of Dissertations

In addition, CPED seeks to gather all CPED-influence dissertations in a database that can inform others in their design and format of the dissertation in practice. These, along with all DiP submissions, can be found at the following link:

Dissertations in Practice from CPED-Influenced EdD Programs