Professional Recognition Award

The Illinois Business Education Association board knows that our membership includes many excellent educators who have contributed greatly to their classroom, to their schools, to their professions, and to their communities. The awarding of the Professional Recognition Award to deserving recipients gives IBEA an opportunity to recognize its members for their many achievements and contributions throughout their professional lives.


  • Business educators, at all levels of instruction, who have taught a minimum of 15 years
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years membership in the Illinois Business Education Association
  • Retired teachers are also eligible and are encouraged to apply


Every completed application which is received prior to the deadline and adheres to the application guidelines will be read and evaluated by the Awards Selection Committee. The following three areas will be evaluated:

  • Professional Activities
  • Services to the Business Education Profession
  • Student-Centered Activities

Recipients will be presented with the award at the Fall Conference.

All winners will be included in a slide show during the conference. Please send a digital picture of the nominee to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in case they are selected for the award.

APPLICATION DEADLINE - All materials must be submitted electronically to the Awards Chair no later than July 1 of the current year to:

Awards Chair
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SUBJECT: IBEA Award Nomination Forms

NOMINATE ONLINE - Award Nomination Form

SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS ONLINE - Award Submission Form - All materials must be submitted no later than July 1.


Professional Recognition Award

Criteria Guidelines

Please include a cover sheet containing the following information: name, school, address (school and home), phone (school and home) and e-mail address. Use a separate sheet of paper to address each of the following three areas, limiting your response for each area to no more than one side of a sheet of paper.

Your responses should be complete, but as brief as possible. The suggested topics in each area are quite comprehensive, and we realize that not all areas will apply nor can all be completed for every nominee. We are asking for an honest assessment of the nominee and to give credit for what they have achieved. You may include one supplemental page to provide additional data which you believe has not been addressed in the three areas.

Upon completion, please staple this criteria sheet to your application, making sure that your response sheets are in the order in which the areas are listed below.

  • Professional Activities: Please provide information pertaining to nominee teaching experiences and current memberships in business education-related organizations and other educational or specialty/ related organizations. Please include the number of years they have taught and been a member of IBEA. Include offices held in local, state, regional, or national business education organizations; other kinds of service to these organizations; and conferences and conventions attended. 
  • Service to the Business Education Profession: List presentations made at professional meetings and workshops/seminars conducted. Provide information about articles published in professional journals and textbooks authored, co-authored, or reviewed. Indicate service to their school, such as, a committee member, supervisor of a student teacher, department chair or program coordinator, mentor teacher to a new or part-time faculty staff member, and other professional service activities.
  • Student-Centered Activities: List their achievements with student-centered activities. Please provide information about sponsorship or advisement of any student organizations, advisement to student organization officers other than at the local level, and contests they have chaired, conducted, or judged.