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 2021 award will open in May 2021.

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 750 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.
  • 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.
New for 2020: 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 with the best three letters. 

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



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