The Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for gathering all necessary and required information related to the nomination of a candidate. It is the responsibility of the nominator to make sure that all forms are filled out appropriately and submitted to ASPE Society. Please note that the packet must contain the nomination form and references. Incomplete packets will not be considered.
The nominator will be required to not only fill out the nominator form but should be one of the three references that is required for this process. The remaining two references must be ASPE members in good standing, one of which should be a member of the College of Fellows. Please click here for a complete listing of the current Fellows.
Has your candidate been a member of ASPE for 20 years?
Are you and the additional references members of ASPE in good standing?
Are names and addresses of references included?
Evaluation of Categories
Are the categories selected appropriate for your candidate?
Do the contributions distinguish the candidate from their peer?
The reference letter is basically support for the Fellow candidate and is generally the most important input to the Fellows Selection Committee’s assessment. A perfunctory endorsement is NOT helpful to the Committee no matter how distinguished the reference individual.
To be effective, this reference should describe the candidate’s specific accomplishments, and their impact, based on the reference’s personal knowledge. References should support the principal points made in the nominator’s narrative recommendation, or other points with which the nominator is not familiar. To be most helpful to the Committee, statements asserting the importance of a particular accomplishment or piece of work should include an informative explanation of why it is influential. These should be as specific as possible and should convincingly attest to the influence and effect of the candidate’s work in plumbing engineering and design and his/her promotion profession or plumbing industry.
The most effective references of support or supportive narrative are direct, but specific. Assertions about the importance of a particular accomplishment should be accompanied by evidence of its impact, where possible. On the other hand, overly expansive discussions tend to detract from the persuasiveness of a letter in any case; each letter of support is limited to two pages. Especially helpful to the Committee are those references that are carefully crafted and allow the Committee to focus on substantial contributions of the candidate.
References from members of the college will be given special consideration by the Program Committee. Click here for a complete listing of the current Fellows.
Reference Letter Checklist
- Do the reference letters address and demonstrate that the candidate meets those criteria in at least three of the categories outlined in “Selection Committee Evaluation Categories?”
- Do the reference letters address significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering and design profession, the society or to the plumbing industry?
- Is your reference letter included?
Nominate a Member Now
Nomination forms are due on January 31 of even-numbered years.