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Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Awards

The Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Awards recognize achievement of excellence in extension economics teaching programs. Awards may recognize not only individual programs, but also significant contributions of an individual economist to a larger, group program. A maximum of three awards is given:

  • One for an individual with fewer than 10 years’ experience
  • One for an individual with 10 or more years’ experience
  • One for a group

The Group Award recognizes the overall effectiveness, impact and contributions of a single program.

Award Nomination Materials

Cover page

Award being nominated for (Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Awards, Individual with fewer than 10 years’ experience/ Individual with more than ten years’ experience/ Group)
Title of the Extension/Outreach Program
Award Nominator(s): name(s), affiliation(s), email address(es)
Award Nominee: name(s), affiliation(s), email address(es))

A nomination letter

  • Maximum of three single spaced pages, which should be a concise statement summarizing the reasons why the nominee is worthy of the award
  • The nomination letter is the centerpiece and should focus on hard evidence that the nominee meets the criteria by which entrants are judged.

A short curriculum vitae of the nominee for individual awards (no CVs needed for group awards)

  • Maximum of four single spaced pages

Supporting materials.

  • These are limited to three items (publications, videos, computer programs, etc.), which are the nominee's best examples of quality work. Supporting materials can be in electronic or hard copy form, with electronic form preferred.
  • If submitting hard copy supporting materials, six hard copies should be sent to the AAEA Business Office at 555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


Each nominee will be evaluated on the quality of work indicated by the nomination letter and supporting materials relative to the following criteria:

  1. Ability to clearly define an important problem and target audience.
  2. Proficiency in conceptualizing and applying educational approaches, which utilize appropriate qualitative and quantitative analysis, primarily economics, but with other relevant disciplines included if appropriate.
  3. Effective communication, as measured by appropriateness of teaching materials to intended audience, quality of communication media, and innovation in communication methods.
  4. Evidence of accomplishment and impact through improved understanding, decision-making, or behavioral change in the target audience.


If you have any questions about your nomination, or the nomination process, please contact the Lauren Seward at or (414) 918-3190.