Research Achievement Award

About the Award

The Research Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contribution of a body of research that advances scholars’ understanding of higher education in a significant way.


 When reviewing nominations, the awards committee will make decisions based on the following preferred and demonstrated attributes:
  1. A body of scholarly work that changed the study of higher education in an important way;
  2. Use of the body of scholarship by others in the field; 
  3. Use of sound and/or innovative methodology;
  4. Research accounts for systemic power and privilege.


  • Nominations will be open from May 4, 2022-July 1, 2022 at Noon Pacific. 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.
  • 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 2022 award process can be sent to

Nominations are now closed for 2022. 


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.

2022 Committee Members:

  • Glenda Musoba, Texas A&M University (Chair)
  • Jarett Haley, University of Michigan
  • Chris Linder, University of Utah (Board of Directors Representative)
  • Darris Means, University of Pittsburgh
  • Matthew Witenstein, University of Dayton
  • Julie Park, University of Maryland - College Park

2020 Research Achievement Award:
Mitchell J. Chang, University of California Los Angeles

2019 Research Achievement Award:
Anna Neumann, Teachers College, Columbia University

2018 Research Achievement Award:
Ann Austin

2017 ASHE Research Achievement Award:
Adrianna Kezer



  • 2020 Mitchell J. Chang
  • 2019 Anna Neumann
  • 2018 Ann E. Austin
  • 2017 Adrianna Kezar
  • 2016 John M. Braxton
  • 2015 Michael B. Paulsen
  • 2014 Simon Marginson
  • 2013 Estela Mara Bensimon
  • 2012 Amaury Nora
  • 2011 John R. Thelin
  • 2010 Edward P. St. John
  • 2009 Jerome Karabel
  • 2008 John H. Schuh
  • 2007 Marcia Baxter-Magolda
  • 2006 Frances Stage
  • 2005 Arthur M. Cohen
  • 2004 Judith Glazer-Raymo
  • 2003 Michael T. Nettles
  • 2002 David W. Leslie
  • 2001 John C. Smart
  • 2000 George Kuh
  • 1999 Vincent Tinto
  • 1998 Sheila Slaughter
  • 1997 William Tierney
  • 1996 Kenneth A. Feldman
  • 1995 Larry L. Leslie
  • 1994 Michael A. Olivas
  • 1993 Yvonna S. Lincoln
  • 1992 Joan Stark
  • 1991 Ernest Pascarella & Patrick Terenzini
  • 1990 Robert Birnbaum
  • 1989 Jack Schuster
  • 1988 Robert Blackburn & Howard Bowen
  • 1987 Alexander W. Astin
  • 1985 Burton Clark