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James M. Cretsos Leadership Award

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a new ASIS&T member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • Nominees must have been an ASIS&T member in good standing for not less than five nor more than seven years (including years as a student member, if applicable), and be a current member at the time the award is made.
  • Prior winners, members of the Awards & Honors Committee and current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible.

Nominations will not be carried forward, but an individual may be re-nominated.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Participation in ASIS&T annual meeting as organizer, moderator, speaker, discussant, etc.;
  • Participation in programs and activities of SIGs, chapters and/or student chapters;
  • Services on ASIS&T committees; and
  • Recruitment of new ASIS&T members and/or retention of existing members.
Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date via the designated online portal.

Nominations must include the following only:

  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominee;
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominator;
  • A nomination statement (200-500 words, some or all of which may be included in the citation for the award);
  • The nominee’s CV;
  • A letter of nomination that details:
    • Year the nominee joined ASIS&T;
    • ASIS&T activities (SIG, chapter, and/or student chapter);
    • Participation in chapter programs;
    • Participation in chapter or SIG publications;
    • Leadership of chapter/SIG projects;
    • Service on ASIS&T committees; and
    • Recruitment/retention (of members) activities;
  • Up to three (3) letters of support (not to exceed 3 pages each); and
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents.

A jury of five members (including the Jury Chair) and one alternate shall be appointed by the Awards & Honors Committee at the recommendation of the Jury Chair. Jury members must:

  • Be a member in good standing of ASIS&T;
  • Not be a member of any other ASIS&T committee;
  • Not submit a nomination for the award in the year of their jury service; and
  • Declare any conflict of interest related to any nominee for the award and recuse themselves from the jury should the conflict be deemed significant by the Jury Chair (in which case the alternate would be appointed).
Selection Process
  • The jury will utilize both asynchronous scoring and synchronous discussion to arrive at a final decision as to who wins any award.
  • Through the evaluation platform or system, jury members will rate each nominee on a scale of 10 (highest) to 1 (lowest) on each of the criteria listed above. Jury members should also submit a brief synopsis summarizing the most exemplary accomplishments of that nominee. In the event of a tie that cannot be resolved through synchronous discussion, the jury chair will identify an additional jury member to break the tie. This new jury member will evaluate only the tied nominations and will rate them using the same criteria used by the other jurors.
  • More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year.
  • The jury chair shall use the qualitative feedback from the jury as well as their own judgment to write a ~ 250-word citation stating the rationale for making the award.
Nature of the Award

The James M. Cretsos Leadership Award was established in 1992. The award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee. The award shall consist of a plaque to be presented to the recipient by the Chair of the Awards & Honors Committee at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates
  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31 (or adjacent weekday)
  • Selection Deadline: May 15