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A.A.U.A. Award Recipients (Since 2000)


  • 2018 – ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership, & Assessment Services (Jeffrey L. Buller & Robert E. Cipriano, Senior Partners).
  • 2017 – The Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies, Wayne State University College of Education (R. Douglas Whitman, Dean; William E. Will Assistant Dean).
  • 2016 – California State University Chanel Islands, for “CI 2025 Vision Plan: Envisioning Our Future.”
  • 2015 – Stephen Spinelli, Jr. President of Philadelphia University for “Strategic Planning at Philadelphia University.
  • 2014 – Erie (Pennsylvania) Regional Education and Training Consortium of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership (Barbara Chaffee, President/C.E.O.).
  • 2012 – Wheelock College, Mattahunt Community Center Revitalization (Adrian K. Haugabrook, Vice President).
  • 2010 – Bio-Link Program (Elaine A. Johnson, Director), City College of San Francisco.
  • 2009 – Excellence Through Leadership Program, Human Resources - Learning Services Office, Emory University.
  • 2007 – The John R. Kernodle Center for Service Learning (Mary Morrison, Director), Elon University.
  • 2006 – B. Jean Floten, President, Bellevue Community College.
  • 2005 – Taking Graduate Degrees to the Region and Beyond: Success Through Simplicity and Focus, Ohio University (Stephen M. Flaherty, Associate Vice President).
  • 2004 – Alternative Teacher Certification Program in Science and Mathematics, Benedictine University (Eileen Kolich, Associate Provost).
  • 2003 – Indiana University Faculty Leadership Program (Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Director), Indiana University.
  • 2002 – Successful Planning and Accreditation of a Two-Year – Four-Year Institution, Rogers State University (Joe A. Wiley, President).


  • 2018 – Oakwood University Information Technology Division (Kirk Nugent, Director).
  • 2017 – The University of San Diego Outcomes Website (Andrew T. Allen, Provost; Carole Huston, Associate Provost; Margaret Leary, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives).
  • 2016 – Western Governs University, for “Responsible Borrowing Initiative.”
  • 2015 – Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for “Improving Quality the Expansion of the Mission of a Comprehensive State University to Better Meet Local Career-Technical Education Demands;” and DeVry University for “Creating a Supportive Community for Faculty and Staff Pursuing Doctorates.”
  • 2008 – Fostering Student/Faculty Collaborations Through the ‘Research Group’ Model, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business (Kenneth R. Bartkus, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Research), Utah State University.
  • 2007 – A Student Development Transcript, University of South Carolina Sumter, Lynwood Watts (Associate Dean for Student Affairs).
  • 2006 – Early Enrollment Success Program, Simons Rock College of Bard (Mary B. Marcy, Provost and Vice President).
  • 2006 – The Race, Hip-Hop, and Sports Learning Community at LSU (Louis Harrison Jr. and Leonard N. Moore, Directors), Louisiana State University.
  • 2005 – Success Through Education Programs, School of Education (Dennis W. Spurlock, Dean), University of Houston Clear Lake.
  • 2004 – iOptimize Integrated Learning System, DeVry University (Patrick Mayers, Academic Vice President)
  • 2004 – Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge (Carolyn Collins, Dean of University College and Associate Vice Chancellor).
  • 2002 – The Analytic Data Warehouse, University of Memphis (Gary L. Donhardt and Darla M. Keel, Directors).


  • 2018 – Bossier Parish Community College Open Campus (Allison Haughton Martin, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives).
  • 2017 – "Sustainable Development: Service Learning in Tropical America" (Stephen R. Madigosky, Widener University).
  • 2016 – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
  • 2015 – The Honors Program at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg (Thomas W. Smith, Director) for “The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs.”
  • 2014 – Rosemary Weston Gil, Eastern Michigan University (Global Michigan Program).
  • 2012 – David Rudd, Arcadia University (ATLAS Initiative).
  • 2011 – James P. Johnson, Rollins College (The Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education).
  • 2009 – Rosina C. Chia and Elmer Poe, East Carolina University (Global Academic Initiatives).
  • 2009 – Stefanos Gialamas, American Community Schools of Athens (Summer Leadership Institute, Institute for Critical and Creative Thinking).
  • 2008 – Jeffrey Aube, University of Kansas and Oliver Reiser, Regensburg University (A Transatlantic Dual Degree Program in Chemistry).
  • 2007 – Gordon B. Smith, The Richard L. Walker Institute of International and Area Studies,University of South Carolina.
  • 2006 – Kathryn Chang Barker, FuturEd, Inc.
  • 2005 – Kenton Lewis, St. George's Hospital Medical School of the University of London (Widening Access to Medical Education).
  • 2004 – Carol Fimmen, Western Illinois University.
  • 2003 – Gale Young, California State University, Hayward (A Principle-Based Partnership: CSU Hayward and Peninsula Technikon).
  • 2002 – James K. Carr, Ohio State University ATI Wooster (An International Experience in Residential Construction).


  • 2018 – Philip Dubois, Universty of North Carolina – Charlotte.
  • 2017 – Allen D. Calvin, Palo Alto University.
  • 2015 – Peter Lange, Duke University.
  • 2014 – Harold Hellenbrand, California State University, Northridge.
  • 2012 – Joseph S. Brosnan, Delaware Valley College.
  • 2010 – Cory L. Duckworth, Utah Valley University.
  • 2009 – Karol A. LaCroix, Granite State College.
  • 2007 – Salvatore G. Rotella, Riverside Community College.
  • 2006 – Robert M. Coard, Urban College of Boston.
  • 2005 – Glenn A. Goerke, University of Houston.
  • 2005 – Francis E. Hazard, Urbana University.
  • 2004 – John Nazarian, Rhode Island College.
  • 2003 – Bob H. Suzuki, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
  • 2002 – William Lee Dandridge, Leslie University.


  • 2018 – Josh Joseph, Yeshiva University.
  • 2017 – Damon P. S. Andrew, Louisiana State University.
  • 2016 – William Austin, Warren County Community College
  • 2016 – Scott Newman, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
  • 2015 – Daniel F. Mahony, Kent State University.


  • 2018 – Faiza Khoja, University of Houston – Downtown.
  • 2017 – Gregg A. Garn, University of Oklahoma.
  • 2016 – Judson C Edwards, Troy University.
  • 2015 – Sydney Freeman, Jr., Tuskegee University.
  • 2014 – Scott E. Miller, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
  • 2012 – Andrea L. Beach, Western Michigan University.
  • 2011 – Damon P. S. Andrew, Troy University.
  • 2010 – Michele M. Cuomo, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York.
  • 2010 – Constantin Rasinariu, Columbia College Chicago.


  • 2018 – Thomas E. Blumer, Corning Community College (State University of New York).
  • 2016 – William B. McIlwaine, Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
  • 2015 – James Otieno, Palo Alto University.


  • 2018 – Colin M. Coyne and Alexis J. Stokes (Vanderbilt University), An Exploratory Model of First Year Retention.
  • 2017 – Amanda N. Rutherford: "Politics, Perceptions, and Performance in Higher Education" (Texas A&M University).
  • 2016 – Joshua D. Merchant: From Altrusim to Investment: Venture Philanthropy and Its Impact on Shared Governance at Liberal Arts Colleges (Western Michigan University).
  • 2015 – Karen Michelle Lee: Impact of a Reaffirmation Accreditation Program on Institutional Assessment Culture (Oakland University).
  • 2014 – Pandora Grewe Carlucci: Understanding the Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Appointment (University of Massachusetts Boston).
  • 2012 – Kristi D. Caravela: Mimetic, Coercive, and Normative Influences in Institutionalization of Organizational Practices: The Case of Distance Learning in Higher Education (Florida Atlantic University).
  • 2011 – Michael C. Komos: Adjunct Faculty Members’ Views on Effective College Teaching: A Case Study (Northern Illinois University).
  • 2010 – Kathleen Lis Dean: At the Base of the Bridge: A Case Study of Boundary Spanning by Members of a University’s Presidential Leadership Team (University of Maryland).
  • 2009 – Christine C.A. Katsapis: Incidence and Types of Occupational Role Stress Among University Research Administrators (American University).
  • 2008 – Tatiana Melguizo: What Types of Colleges Were Doing a Better Job Graduating Minorities in the 1980s and 1990s? (Stanford University).
  • 2007 – Rachael Murphey Brown: Allegiance to Race: Racial Identity, Academic Culture, and the Politics of African American Academic Intellectuals (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill).
  • 2006 – James R. Johnsen: Leadership in Context: A Case Study of Presidential Effectiveness (University of Pennsylvania).


  • 2018 – William A. Henk (Marquette University), Steven A. Melnick (Pennsylvania State University), Sharon Lovell (James Madison University), and Shelley B. Wepner (Manhattanville College), "Education Deans' Beliefs About Essential Ways of Thinking, Being, and Acting: A National Survey."
  • 2017 – Jana L. Bouwma-Gearhart (Oregon State University) and Matthew T. Hora (University of Wisconsin), "Supporting Faculty in the Age of Accountability: How Postsecondary Leaders Can Facilitate the Meaningful Use of Instructional Data for Continuous Improvement."
  • 2016 - Floyd F. Quinn, Brian K. Miller, Debbie M. Thorne (Texas State University), “Diversity Management and Public Orientation as Predictors of Service Orientation in Higher Education.”
  • 2015 – Robert S. Balough and Rose M. Logue (Clarion University), “Strategies for Successful Implementation of Responsibility Centered Budgeting in Mid-Sized Universities.”


  • 2016 – Karen M. Lee (University of San Diego), “The Impact of Accreditation Reaffirmation on Institutional Assessment Culture.”
  • 2015 – Holly Hoffman, Elizabeth Kirby, Barbara Klocko, Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, (Central Michigan University), “Creating a Culture of Scholarship in a Teaching College.”


  • 2018 – Dearl D. Lampley (East Tennessee State University), Institutional Budget Function Allocations as Predictors of Performance Outcomes of Tennessee Public Community Colleges and Universities.
  • 2017 – Alvin C. Merritt Boyd, III: Experience and Perceptions of Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at a Four-Year University (St. John Fisher College).
  • 2016 – Liz Gross (Cardinal Stritch University), An Examination of the Relationship Between the Communication Methods Used in Out-of-Class Student-Faculty Interactions and the Content and Frequency of Those Interactions.
  • 2015 – Ian Phillip Neuhard: Evaluating Florida’s Policy of Expanding Access through Community College Baccalaureate Degrees: An Analysis of Enrollment Trends, Demographic Characteristics and Systemic Impacts (University of Florida); and Stephanie A Schmitt: Assessment and Ranking Efforts: The Effects on Institutional and Program Level Change (University of North Carolina).
  • 2014 – Camille Broussard Wise: No Crystal Stair: Narratives of Female Community College Presidents of Color (Drexel University).
  • 2012 – Deborah J. Bradford: Emerging and Disruptive Technologies for Education: An Analysis of Planning Implementation, and Diffusion in Florida’s Eleven State University System Institutions (University of Central Florida).
  • 2011 – Jesus Fernandez: Factors that Differentiate Persistence Beyond the First Session at a For-Profit University (Florida International University).
  • 2010 – Ryan E. Smerek: "Sensemaking and Sensegiving" Leadership Processes of New College Presidents (University of Michigan).
  • 2009 – Christine Smith: The Person Next to You on the Bus Probably has a Graduate Degree: A Study of the Expansion of Graduate Education (State University of New York at Albany).
  • 2008 – James M. Owston: Survival of the Fittest? The Rebranding of West Virginia Higher Education (Marshall University).
  • 2007 – Susan Beck-Frazier: Perceptions of Selected University Deans’ Leadership Behavior (East Carolina University).
  • 2006 – Loren J. Rullman: Sources of College Student Political Cynicism (Indiana University).


  • 2018 – Norman R. Smith
  • 2017 – F. King Alexander


  • 2011 – Abour Cherif, DeVry University.
  • 2009 – Jerome L. Neuner, Canisius College.
  • 2007 – Dan L. King, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York.
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