Founders Award—Dr. Truman L. Kelley Award

Founders Award

Dr. Truman L. Kelley Award

Dr. Truman L. Kelley Award for Scholarship Excellence

This award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained effort in scholarship excellence within Kappa Delta Pi and the education profession at the local, national and/or global level.

Dr. Truman L. Kelley (1884–1961) was instrumental in the founding of KDP. He was a noted scholar who made an impact on American education through his work in statistics and education. He also had great interest in the sciences and psychology.

  • All active members of KDP are eligible.
  • Members of KDP Headquarters staff are not eligible.
  • Sustained active membership in KDP for at least 10 years.
  • Recipient attendance at KDP’s Convocation Closing Banquet to accept award is preferred.

  • Two active members or a chapter may nominate an individual.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.

Selection Criteria

The nominee must meet at least 5 of the following 8 selection criteria:
  • Receives awards, honors or recognition for scholarly work in the university or education community
  • Conducts and publishes timely education research in KDP publications and other publications
  • Presents knowledge and research in the education field at KDP conferences and other conferences
  • Serves as a reviewer of education publications or abstracts for KDP and other organizations
  • Impacts the practice of education through a theory/research base for education curricula
  • Promotes education research through citations of scholarly work or research in other publications or presentations
  • Serves as a mentor or coach to KDP members and other educators
  • Acts as consultant or advisor on research or scholarly work within education field

Submission Requirements
All submissions must be done through the online entry form. A complete online submission consists of:
  • Entry form
  • Two-page (maximum) narrative that supports the selection criteria from the submitter(s)
  • Nominee Letter of Consent to the nomination
  • Three (3) letters of support from supervisors, professional colleagues, peers, KDP members, inside or outside of education field
  • Nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae