Early Career Award

About the Award

The Early Career Award will be presented in recognition of an emerging, significant, and potential for the future of a body of scholarship. 

Nomination Evaluation Criteria

When reviewing nominations, the awards committee will make decisions based on the following preferred and demonstrated attributes:

  1. A focused primary research agenda
  2. Publication(s) that has the potential to advance the field (measured by quality, not quantity) in rigorous venues
  3. Translation of research through conference presentations and practitioner-centered publication(s)
  4. Publication of methodology, methodological issue, and/or use of innovative methodology
  5. A research record exceptional for their time in the field

This award is reserved for individuals who are no more than six years beyond the receipt of the doctoral degree as of July 1 of the year of the award (e.g., for 2022, a nominee/recipient must have been awarded their doctoral degree after July 1, 2016).


  • Nominations will be open in early May 2023 and close in late June 2023. Due to the 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 recipient(s) will be recognized during the ASHE Awards Ceremony during the Annual Conference.


You'll need:

  • 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 750 words that demonstrates the nominee's match to the award evaluation criteria. This should not be a nomination or support letter, but a summary of the nominee's qualifications for this specific award.
  • 2-3 letters of support. For upload into the nomination form, these should be combined into one document, preferably a pdf.
  • The nominee's CV.
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.

The coordinating nominator, as well as the award nominee(s) (and subsequently recipient(s)), must be current members of ASHE.

Questions about the 2023 award process can be sent to office@ashe.ws.

Nominations for 2023 will open in early May 2023.


The ASHE Awards Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors. Committee members are recommended by the President to the Board of Directors and service 1-3 year terms.

2023 Committee Members:

  • Raquel Rall (Chair), University of California, Riverside
  • Beth Bukoski (Board Rep), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Emily VanZoest (Grad Rep), North Carolina State University
  • Matthew Witenstein, University of Dayton
  • Julie Park, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Sylvia Martinez, Indiana University
  • Eugene Parker, University of Kansas

2022 Early Career Award:
Adrián H. Huerto, University of Southern California


2021 Early Career Award:
Cindy Ann Kilgo, Indiana University


2020 Early Career Award:
Jessica Harris, University of California Los Angeles

2019 Early Career Award:
Z Nicolazzo, University of Arizona

2018 Early Career Award:
Eddie R. Cole



2022: Adrián H. Huerta
2021 Cindy Ann Kilgo
2020 Jessica C. Harris
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