AAUA Annual Awards for Outstanding
Programming in or Service to Higher Education
Through its long-established awards program, the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) annually recognizes important contributions that individuals and organizations have made toward the improvement and development of American higher education. The following information provides descriptions of the various awards and the procedures for nominating worthy candidates. A complete list of previous award recipients can be found on the association website at http://www.aaua.org/awards/awards_recipients.htm.
DESCRIPTION OF AWARDS
BLACKBURN AWARD AND EXEMPLARY MODELS AWARDS. Named for John L. Blackburn, AAUA-pioneer and former long-time General Secretary of AAUA, Blackburn Award and Exemplary Models Awards recognize outstanding examples of college/university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education. These include programs or methods that exemplify successful efforts to meet internal or external challenges and demands—including, but not limited to—those posed by one or more of a wide variety of influencing sources such as legislative bodies or public policy bureaucracies, accreditation agencies, institution-based strategic aspirations, and/or external demands for documentable evidence of the effectiveness and value of higher education. Awards can be given for work at any or all institutional levels, about any or all institutional functions, and at any public or private two- or four- year college(s) or university(ies). (Occasionally AAUA gives multiple Exemplary Models awards in a single year with the Blackburn Award going to the one judged the best of all submissions. The Blackburn Award is considered AAUA's highest institutional/programmatic recognition.)
KHALADJAN INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION. This award recognizes innovation and achievement in higher education worldwide, and is given for work that is both innovative and has wide potential for application or impact on the international dimensions of post-secondary education. It is named for the founder and former president of the Moscow External University of the Humanities, Nikolai N. Khaladjan. Any higher education institution or unit within a higher education institution is eligible to compete for this award, but the award sponsors are especially interested in recognizing: (1) innovative teaching methods; (2) methods which widen access to education; (3) extension of or more efficient use of teaching resources; (4) wide use of or development of learning technology; and (5) efforts that accelerate or deepen student learning.
TOSNEY AWARD FOR CAREER SERVICE IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. Named for Eileen Tosney, a beloved AAUA pioneer member, this award recognizes outstanding, long-term experience as an administrator in the field of higher education; it is most often awarded as a career capstone recognition. Eligibility requires that the nominee: (1) be an active (or recently retired), full-time professional administrator, (2) have a minimum of five years of administrative experience, and (3) have demonstrated significant external professional activities; usually, recipients have an established national profile in higher education leadership. (The Tosney Award is considered AAUA's highest individual recognition.)
MCINNESS/RYAN AWARD FOR MID-CAREER HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. Named for the two individuals who authored the Association's first Statement of Professional Standards for Administrators in Higher Education—William C. McInness, S.J., and Edmund G. Ryan, S.J.—the McInness/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership is made to an individual with 5 - 15 years of higher education administrative service who has demonstrated professional accomplishment significantly beyond the norm and who has—by virtue of his/her achievements and behaviors—demonstrated a personal commitment to ethical and principled leadership practice.
MacVITTIE EMERGING LEADER AWARD. The MacVittie Emerging Leader Award is made to an individual who is currently engaged in a higher education administrative position below the level of vice president and who has completed less than five years of service at the current level of appointment and who, by virtue of demonstrated professional accomplishment, is thought to have outstanding potential for higher education leadership. It is named for the first elected-president of AAUA Robert W. MacVittie.
KING AWARD FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE LEADERSHIP. Named for Dan L. King, current President/CEO of AAUA and longest serving executive officer in its history, this award is given annually to a college or university board member whose service exemplifies commitment to higher education and who demonstrates the highest ethical standards in providing leadership from the trustee-level; currently serving or recently retired board members are eligible.
NEUNER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL-SCHOLARLY PUBLICATION. Given annually to the author judged to have written the overall finest manuscript published during the preceding year in the Journal of Higher Education Management, this award is named for Jerome L. Neuner, two-time elected-president and chairperson of the Board, and longest tenured Board member in the history of AAUA. Selection criteria include overall intellectual, scholarly, and professional quality; and the extent to which the manuscript advances (a) a discussion of the current issues, problems and challenges facing higher education; (b) an exchange of practical wisdom and techniques in the areas of higher education leadership, policy analysis and development, and institutional management; and (c) the identification and explication of the principles and standards of college and university administration.
WATSON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL-SCHOLARLY PRESENTATION. Named for Bert Alan Watson, a former AAUA elected-president who later served as the association's General Secretary, this award is given annually to the presenter judged to have delivered the overall finest presentation at the preceding year's AAUA meeting. Criteria include scholarly quality, professional relevance and importance, overall presentation quality, and extent to which the session advanced the theme/topic of the seminar.
Dissertation Awards – (1) DONALD A. GATZKE OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION AWARD; and (2) LEO AND MARGARET GOODMAN-MALAMUTH OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION AWARD. These two awards—named to honor professionally prominent long-time leaders of the association—are made to authors of outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of higher education or higher education administration. Criteria for selection are: (1) the importance and relevance of the topic to the broad field of higher education administration; (2) evidence of the development of a theoretical framework which guided the research; (3) the appropriateness of the research method and analysis; (4) the overall quality of writing; (5) the potential for publication and/or other dissemination of research results; and (6) the degree to which the results provide useful information for practitioners in the professional field of higher education.
A.A.U.A. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD. The AAUA Distinguished Service Award is presented to a current or former member of the Association who is recognized (a) as having made significant contributions to the advancement of the Association, and (b) as having distinguished himself/herself as a highly successful professional in higher education leadership.
Although nominations for awards are solicited on an annual basis, awards are made only when the selection committee believes there is a sufficiently qualified candidate. Nominations may be made on behalf of another person, program, or institution; or they may be submitted as self-nominations. (There is no penalty for submitting a self-nomination and, in fact, several past awards have been made to highly qualified recipients who were self-nominees.) Individual nominators are expected to have the permission of the nominee, and are expected to communicate to the nominee the necessity of attending the ceremony scheduled for the award presentation. Unless otherwise stated in the description, membership in AAUA is not a criterion for eligibility nor is it a consideration in awardee selection.
Nomination Process: Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent directly to the awards committee chair, Jerome Neuner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission should clearly indicate the particular award for which the individual, program, institution is being nominated; and each should include a written description of supporting rational that refers to the description and/or selection criteria as enumerated above. Each nomination must include an assurance that the nominee has given permission for the nomination and that he/she understands the importance of attending the ceremony scheduled for the award presentation.
Award Presentation Details: 2017 awards will be presented at the AAUA Annual Awards Luncheon, June 9, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (The annual awards luncheon is the concluding activity of the association's annual Leadership Seminar. Awards recipients are eligible but are not required to participate in the seminar.) Awards recipients are expected to attend the Awards Luncheon; recipients of some awards may be asked to make a presentation at the seminar.
Deadline Date: Only nominations received before December 15, 2016 will be assured of consideration.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Please direct awards-related questions or requests for further information to the awards committee chair, Jerry Neuner (email@example.com). Inquiries of a more general nature may be directed to the association's president and chief executive officer, Dan King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-460-6498.