CEP Mildred E. Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship

About Dr. García

The CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship is so named in honor of Dr. Mildred García, an exemplary scholar whose contributions as a leader and trailblazer in the field of higher education research continue to raise the bar for academicians and administrators, alike. Dr. García’s academic research has concentrated on equity in higher education and its impact on policy and practice. In 2008. Dr. García was recently appointed president of California State University, Dominguez Hills. She previously served as president of Berkeley College, New York and New Jersey, where she oversaw six campuses that offer two- and four-year degree programs to almost 6,000 students. She also held several positions at Arizona State University, including vice provost for academic personnel, associate vice provost for academic affairs, faculty liaison for the campus Hispanic Research Center, and professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

On May 2, 2008, California State University, Dominguez Hills held an Inauguration Ceremony for its seventh president, Dr. Mildred García. The inaugural theme "Transforming Lives: Our Heritage, Our Future" was selected to highlight the remarkable history and promising future of the university.

On July 5, 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Mildred García to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. García was one of 19 individuals from the education, business, nonprofit, philanthropic and high-tech sectors nationwide appointed to the commission, which will advise the president and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on issues related to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics. More information is available online.


About the Award

The Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship will recognize and celebrate one early career, nontenured scholar-practitioner (e.g., visiting assistant professor, clinical assistant professor, or tenure-track faculty) and one mid-level or senior practitioner-scholar (i.e., tenured associate or full professor, senior/executive administrator) for their seminal, exemplary scholarship that focuses on issues specifically related to underrepresented Populations of Color and furthering inclusiveness in the field. 

Nomination Evaluation Criteria

When reviewing nominations, the awards committee will make decisions based on the following preferred and demonstrated attributes:
  1. Rigorous research activity that advances equity and social justice in higher education 
  2. Commitment to mentorship through collaboration with students on research 
  3. Evidence of cultivating emerging scholars, practitioners, and/or administrators 
  4. Service to CEP and/or ASHE organization (i.e. leadership positions, committees, proposal reviewers, etc.) 
The García Award will be presented to one junior, nontenured scholar-practitioner (e.g., visiting assistant professor, clinical assistant professor, or tenure-track faculty) and one senior practitioner-scholar (i.e., tenured associate or full professor, senior/executive administrator).

2021 Awards Timeline

  • Nominations will be open from May 3, 2021-July 1, 2021 at Noon Pacific. Due to number of submissions and the review process, no late submissions will be accepted; as such, nominators are encouraged to submit their nominations well in advance of this deadline.
  • Nominators and nominees will be informed of decisions in mid-September.
  • An announcement of recipients will be sent to the ASHE membership in late September.
  • The award will be conferred during the annual CEP business meeting, at the upcoming ASHE Annual Conference. The recipient(s) will also be recognized during the ASHE Awards Ceremony during the Annual Conference.


To submit a nomination

You will need:
  • Name, Title, Position, Institution and/or organization(s), Email, and Phone Number of Nominator
  • Name, Title, Position, Institution and/or organization(s), Email, and Phone Number of Nominee
  • A nomination statement (no more than 500 words).
  • A relevant example of scholarly work and mentorship. Acceptable scholarship is restricted to one journal article or one book published either the year of, or the year prior, to the nomination year. For example, in the award year of 2021, 2021 and 2020 publications may be considered for the award. 
  • 2-3 letters of support (with at least one letter of recommendation from an ASHE member). For upload into the nomination form, these should be combined into one document, preferably a pdf.
Nomination statements and letters of recommendation should speak to the contribution made by the nominee’s work and how it furthers inclusiveness, and how it promotes a greater understanding of Populations of Color. We encourage nomination statements to highlight the impact and reach of scholarship.

Due to the increased number of nominations received in recent years, each nominee will be limited to one nomination. In the event multiple nominations are submitted, the committee chair will notify the coordinating nominators requesting they consolidate their nominations.

Award nominees (and subsequently recipients) must be current members of ASHE.
  
Questions about the 2021 award process can be sent to office@ashe.ws.

Awards Committee

Each year, the Council Chair appoints an awards committee, in close consultation with the Executive Committee, to solicit and accept nominations. ASHE awards committee members are not eligible to be nominated during the year in which they serve on the committee.

2021 CEP Awards Committee:
  • Raquel Rall, University of California, Riverside (Chair)
  • Chauntee Thrill, Appalachian State University
  • Channel McLewis, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kenyon Whitman, University of California Riverside

2020 Mildred E. García Awards for Exemplary Scholarship:
Heather Shotton & Chayla Haynes Davison


Recipients:

2020
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award -  Heather J. Shotton
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award -  Chayla Haynes Davison

2019 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award -  D-L Stewart
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award -  Anthony Jack

2018
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award -  Jerlando F L Jackson
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award -  Gina A. Garcia

2017 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Samuel D. Museus
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Susana M. Muñoz

2016 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Lori Patton Davis
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - OiYan Poon

2015
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Christine A. Stanley 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Michelle M. Espino

2014
 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Frank Tuitt 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Judy Marquez Kiyama

2013
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Daniel Solórzano 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Julie J. Park 

2012
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Marybeth Gasman 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Robert T. Palmer

2011
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Mary Howard-Hamilton 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Anne-Marie Nunez

2010
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Laura Rendon and Dr. M. Christopher Brown II 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - J. Luke Wood

2009
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - William Perez

2008
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Caroline Turner 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award Lori Patton

2007 
CEP Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship - Sylvia Hurtado and Joy Ann Williamson