Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award
Named in memory of Irvin Lee (Bobby) Wright, this award recognizes one or more dissertations that serve as exemplary models of the methodology employed. Criterion also include the significance of the dissertation topic.
Bobby Wright (1950-1991) was an assistant professor in the College of Education and research associate in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University.
He was the former director of the Centre for Native American Studies at Montana State University, before coming to Pennsylvania State University in 1989 as assistant professor in the College of Education and research associate in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He returned to Montana on April 10, 1991. He received the 1986 Distinguished Dissertation of the Year award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Montana State University Alumni and Endowment Foundation Graduate Achievement Award for outstanding performance.
He received his bachelors degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco in 1973; his masters degree in American Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and his doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University in 1985.
Bobby Wright passed away at the age of 40, on May 15, 1991 as a result of AIDS.
Call for Nominations
Welcome! Here you will complete the nomination process for the 2016 ASHE Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award.
Please review the nomination guidelines that follow prior to continuing this submission process:
Direct all questions and inquiries to the ASHE DOTY committee chair Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The dissertation must have been successfully defended and officially deposited to the nominee’s university by May 31, 2016. Dissertations previously nominated will not be reconsidered.
- The nomination is required from the dissertation chair who is an ASHE member. However, the nominee is not required to be a member of ASHE.
- Acceptance of nominations begins May 1, 2016. All nominations and corresponding materials must be submitted via online submission no later than 11:59pm EST on July 6, 2016. E-mail and/or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
- The chair of the nominee's dissertation committee must submit a one MS-Word document or PDF containing the following:
a. Complete the information form.
b. A nomination letter in which extraordinary features of the dissertation are described.
c. A coversheet that includes: (1) full dissertation title; (2) nominee’s full name; and (3) the institution which the dissertation was earned.
d. A BLINDED, 15 double-spaced page abstract of the dissertation, inclusive of necessary tables and/or figures. No identifying information on the abstract is required.
- The abstract should include the: (1) full dissertation title [please do not include any identifiers]; (2) statement of the study’s purpose; (3) research questions, if applicable; (4) significance of the study; (5) theoretical or conceptual underpinnings, if applicable; (6) methods – research design/approach, sampling, data collection procedures or data sources used, and data analysis; (7) summary of key findings; and (8) implications for practice, policy, and/or future research. Additionally, up to three single-spaced pages of references in APA format can accompany the abstract and will not be included in the 15-page limit.
Please save your document using an abbreviated title (preferably the first 4-5 words in the dissertation title). For example, a dissertation titled, “An Examination of Dissent and Dismay: The Rising Costs of College and Limited Access” should be condensed and the file should be saved as an examination of dissent-nomination materials
- No single dissertation committee chair may nominate more than two candidates.
- The recipient of the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award must attend the ASHE Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH November 10-12, 2016.
To submit a nomination, please click here
Previous ASHE Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award recipients:
2015 Tara Hudson, University of Notre Dame
2009 Genevieve Shaker, Indiana University
"Interpersonalizing Cultural Difference:A Grounded Theory of the Process of Interracial Friendship Development and Sustainment among College Students"
2014 Amalia Dache-Gerbino, University of Rochester
"The Labyrinth in the Metropole: A Postcolonial Mixed-Method Study of College Access and Choice"
2013 Stephany Brett Dunstan, North Carolina State University
"The Influence of Speaking a Dialect of Appalachian English on the College Experience"
2012 David R. Johnson, Rice University
"A New Reward System in Academic Science"
2011 Alina Siu Wong, University of Michigan
"In flux: Racial identity construction among Chinese American and Filipina/o American undergraduates"
2010 Jarrett Gupton, University of Minnesota
"Pathways to College for Homeless Adolescents"
Cited for Excellence: Lorelle Espinosa, Institute for Higher Education Policy "Pipelines and Pathways: Women of Color in STEM Majors and the Experiences that Shape Their Persistence"
"Off the Track: The Full-Time Nontenure-Track Faculty Experience in English"
2008 Michelle Espino, University of Arizona
"Master Narratives and Counter-Narratives: An Analysis of Mexican-American Life Stories of Oppression and Resistance Along the Journeys to the Doctorate"
Cited for Excellence: Ryan Wells, University of Iowa
2007-08 Uma Madhure Jayakumar, UCLA
"Effects of Schools on the Educational Expectations of Children of Immigrants"
"Diversity Capital: Conceptualizing How Higher Education Positions Individuals for Success (or Failure) in an Increasingly Global Marketplace"
Cited for Excellence: Katalin Szelenyi, UCLA
2005-2006 Aimee LaPointe Terosky
"Doctoral Student Socialization in Science and Engineering: The Role of Commercialization, Entrepreneurialism, and the Research Laboratory"
"Taking Teaching Seriously: A Study of University Professors and Their Undergraduate Teaching"
2006-07 Melissa R. Peet, University of Michigan
"We Make It the Road By Walking It: Critical Consciousness, Structuration, and Social Change School"
2004-2005 Liang Zhang
"How College Affects Students: Toward the reconciliation of Theory with Empirical Evidence"
2003-2004 Toni E. Larson
"Decentralization in U.S. Public Higher Education: A Comparative Study of New Jersey, Illinois, and Arkansas"
2002-2003 Joni Mini Montez
"Developing and Piloting the Higher Education Leadership Instrument (HELI)"
2001-2002 Michael K. McLendon
Cited for Excellence: Christine Keller
"Moving Forward or Standing Still: Progress in Achieving Wage Equality for Women Faculty in the 1990s"
"Setting the Agenda for State Decentralization of Higher Education: Analyzing the Explanatory Boundaries of Alternative Agenda Models"
2000-2001 David Weerts
Cited for Excellence: Joshua B. Powers
"Academic Entrepreuneurship in Higher Education: Institutional Effect of Performance of University Technology Transfer"
"Understanding Differences in State Support for Higher Education: A Comparative Study of State Appropriations for Research Universities"
1999-2000 Marvin Dewey
Cited for Excellence: William Mallon
"Abolishing or Instituting Tenure: Four Case Studies of Change in Faculty Employment Policies"
"An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Cognitive Complexity of Administrative Teams in Provite Liberal Arts Colleges and Organizational Health as One Dimension of Organizational Effectiveness"
1998-1999 Deborah Faye Carter
Cited for Excellence: Elizabeth A. Palmer
"An Analysis of a Diversity Requirement: The Effect of Course Characteristics on Students' Racial Attitudes, Gender Attitudes, and Self-Perceived Learning"
"A Dream Deferred? Examining the Degree Aspirations of African-American and White College Students"
1997-1998 Joseph Berger
Cited for Excellence: R. Sam Larson
"Organizational Change from the 'Inside': A Study of University Outreach"
"Organizational Behavior at Colleges and Student Outcomes: Generating a Quantitatively Grounded Theory"
Cynthia Sabik (Co-awardee)
1996-1997 Lisa Rose Lattuca
"(Re)Writing Metaphor and Form: Autoethnographic Enactments From the Postmodern Classroom"
"Envisioning Interdisciplinarity: Processes, Contexts, Outcomes"
1995-1996 Teresa Isabelle Daza Campbell
Cited for Excellence: Rebecca Ropers-Huilman
"Shaping an Island of Power and Change: Creating a Feminist Poststructural Teaching Discourse"
Cited for Excellence: Carol L. Colbeck
"Organizational and Disciplinary Influences on Integration and Congruence of Faculty Work"
"Protecting the Public's Trust: A Search for Balance Among Benefits and Conflicts in University-Industry Relationships"
1994-1995 Robert A. Rhoades
"Institutional Culture and Student Subculture: Student Identity and Socialization"
1993-1994 Rebecca R. Kline
Cited for Excellence: Peter M. Magolda
"A Quest for Community: An Ethnographic Study of a Residential College"
"The Social Practice of Literacy in a Program of Study Abroad"
1992-1993 Martha Lillian Ann Stassen
Cited for Excellence: Dorothy Finnegani
"Academic Career Lines: A Case Study of Faculty in Two Comprehensive Universities"
"White Faculty Members' Responses to Racial Diversity at Predominantly White Institutions"
1991-1992 Julie Neururer
"Decency and Dollars Invested: Case Studies of South African Divestiture"
1990-1991 Kenneth D. Crews, J.D.
Cited for Excellence: Francoise Queval
"The Evolution Toward Research Orientation and Capability in Comprehensive Universities: A Case Study: The California State University System"
"Copyright Policies at American Research Universities: Balancing Information Needs and Legal Limits"
1989-1990 Roger L. Williams
"George W. Atherton and the Beginnings of Federal Support for Higher Education"
1988-1989 Patricia Gumport
"The Social Construction of Knowledge: Individual and Institutional Commitment to Feminist Scholarship"
1986-1987 Dolores L. Burke
"Change in the Academic Marketplace: A Study of Faculty Mobility in the 1980s"
1986-1987 Irvin Lee (Bobby) Wright
"Piety, Politics and Profit: American Indian Missions in the Colonial Colleges"
1985-1986 Janet Kerr-Tener
Cited for Excellence: Lester F. Goodchild
"The Mission of the Catholic University in the Midwest, 1842-1980"
"From Truman to Johnson: Ad Hoc Policy Formulation in Higher Education"
1984-1985 Lois A. Fisher
Cited for Excellence: Amaury Nora
"Determinants of Retention Among Chicano Students: A Structural Model"
Cited for Excellence: Charlotte Hanna
"Modest Expectations: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Affirmative Faculty Action"
"State Legislatures and the Autonomy of Colleges and Universities: A Comparative Study of Legislation in Four States, 1900-79"
1983-1984 Jeffrey Bartkovich
Runner-up: Bernard Reams
"Research Interactions Between Industry and Higher Education"
Cited for Excellence: Marta Wagner
"The American Scholar in the Early National Period: The Changing Context of Colonial Education"
"Designing an Empirically Derived Taxonomy of Organization Structures in Higher Education"
1982-1983 Catherine Marienau
Cited for Excellence: Constance Collins
"Loose Coupling as a Framework for Understanding Structural Change: Case Studies of Four American Colleges and Universities"
Cited for Excellence: Edward Ottensmeyer II
"Strategic Organizational Adaptation and the Regulatory Environment: A Study of Universities During a Time of Regulatory Change"
"Bridging Theory and Practice in Adult Development and Planned Change"
1981-1982 Ellen Chaffee
Cited for Excellence: Jerry Wayne Askew
"Toward a Theory on the Impact of Budget Retrenchment in Educational Organizations"
Cited for Excellence: Ellen Metzner
"Ironside Career Paths of Women Administrators in Higher Education"
"Decision Models in Budgeting"
1980-1981 Paul Duby
Cited for Excellence: Ted I. K. Youn
"The Career of Young Ph.D.s: Temporal Change and Institutional Effects"
Cited for Excellence: Joyce Mushaben
"The State Versus the University: Juridicalization and the Politics of Higher Education at the Free University of Berlin, 1969-1979"
"An Investigation of the Mediating Role of Causal Attitudes in School Learning"
1979-1980 Kenneth Bradley Orr
Cited for Excellence: James Henson
"Institutional Excellence and Student Achievement: A Study of College Quality and Its Impact on Education and Career Development"
"The Impact of the Depression Years 1929-1939 on Faculty in American Colleges and Universities"
1978-1979 William Zumeta
Cited for Excellence: Daniel Carl Levy
"University Autonomy Versus Government Control: The Mexican Case"
"The State and Doctoral Programs at the University of
California: Academic Planning for an Uncertain Future"
Elaine Di Biasi, Co-Winner
"Classical Tenure and Contemporary Alternatives: Academic Principles and Court Decisions"