Early Career Award

Given for a significant body of scholarship, a single extraordinary research achievement by a higher education scholar, or recognition of a potential for future research. The Early Career Award, called the Promising Scholar Award in 1989 and 1990, is reserved for individuals who are no more than six years beyond the receipt of the doctoral degree. 

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2020 award will open in May 2020.

To submit a nomination you will need the following information to complete the form:

  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Coordinating Nominator

  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Nominee
  • A nomination statement up to 500 words which explains why the nominee deserves this ASHE award. Rationale may include, but is not limited to, the nominee’s impact on higher education theorizing, research, practice, and/or ASHE as an organization.
  • Up to 5 letters of support. For upload into the nomination form, these should be combined into one document, preferably a pdf.

  • The nominee's CV.

2019 Early Career Award:
Z Nicolazzo, University of Arizona

"The scholarly accomplishments of Dr. Nicolazzo, which are linked to her accomplishments in outreach as a public intellectual and in her advising as a mentor are truly exceptional, exemplifying the best of what a professor can be. I can say with full confidence that Dr. Z Nicolazzo’s record of accomplishment is on a level achieved by only a couple of other scholars in that time. It is hard for me to imagine how anyone could have done more in their capacity as an Assistant Professor."

2018 Early Career Award:
Eddie R. Cole

Previous Early Career Award Recipients:

2019 Z Nicolazzo
2018 Eddie R. Cole
2017 Julie R. Posselt
2016 Manuel S. Gonzalez Canche
2015 Liliana M. Garces
2014 Julie J. Park
2013 Kimberly A. Griffin
2012 Nicholas A. Bowman
2011 Samuel D. Museus
2010 Lori Patton Davis
2009 Terrell L. Strayhorn
2008 Shaun R. Harper
2007 Paul D. Umbach
2006 Marybeth Gasman
2005 Brian Pusser
2004 anthony lising antonio
2003 Laura W. Perna
2002 Donald E. Heller
2001 M. Christopher Brown II
2000 Linda Hagedorn & Lisa Wolf-Wendel
1999 Linda J. Sax
1998 Jennifer Grant Haworth
1997 Robert Rhoads
1996 Eric Dey
1995 Sylvia Hurtado & Elizabeth Whitt
1993 Alberto Cabrera & Patricia Gumport
1991 Amaury Nora

Previous ASHE Promising Scholar Award Recipients:

1990 Fran Stage
1989 Ann Austin