Mentoring Award

About the Award

The Mentoring Award will be presented in recognition of extraordinary, tireless, and sustained contributions to the professional and scholarly development of emerging scholars as the future of the field of higher education.


When reviewing nominations, the awards committee will make decisions based on the following preferred and demonstrated attributes:
  1. A commitment to mentoring students and emerging scholars

  2. Active fostering of inclusive classroom and  transforming research environments

  3. Recognized scholarly contributions to the field of higher education

  4. Consistent role modeling of personal and professional integrity

  5. Collaboration in scholarship and teaching with junior faculty and graduate student

  6. Evidence of mentoring ability across identities


  • 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

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 Mentoring Award:
Victor B. Sáenz, The University of Texas at Austin


2021 Mentoring Award:
Christine A. Stanley, Texas A&M University

2020 Mentoring Award:
Gloria Crisp, Oregon State University

2019 Mentoring Award:
Linda J. Sax, UCLA

2018 Mentoring Award:
James Earl Davis



2017 Mentoring Award:
Roger Baldwin



  • 2022 Victor B. Sáenz
  • 2021 Christine A. Stanley
  • 2020 Gloria Crisp
  • 2019 Linda J. Sax
  • 2018 James Earl Davis
  • 2017 Roger G. Baldwin
  • 2016 Audrey J. Jaeger
  • 2015 Alberto F. Cabrera
  • 2014 Stephen L. DesJardins
  • 2013 Peter Magolda
  • 2012 Patricia M. McDonough
  • 2011 Sharon Fries-Britt
  • 2010 Alexander W. Astin & Helen S. Astin
  • 2009 Marilyn Amey