ASHE Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented in recognition of engagement and extension of the mission and vision of the association, enrichment of the experience of members, and, in general, exceptional commitment and significant contribution to the success of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.   

Nomination Evaluation Criteria

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

  1. Serving in a council leadership role
  2. Developing community within the association
  3. Serving on the board
  4. Other involvement within the association
  5. Served the association for at least five years

 This award is usually presented to a member who has served the association for at least five years.

2023 Awards Timeline

  • Nominations for the 2023 award season are now closed. Nominations will open early May 2024 and close in late June 2024. 
    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.

Nomination Requirements

Each submission will 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 2024 will open in early May 2024.

Awards Committee

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

Past Recipients

2021: Karen Miksch

Additional Recipients

  • 2020: Michelle M. Espino (YouTube Link)
  • 2019: Jeffrey C. Sun (YouTube Link)
  • 2018: Kim Nehls (YouTube Link)
  • 2017: Kelly Ward & Lisa Wolf-Wendel (YouTube Link)
  • 2015: Marilyn J. Amey
  • 2012: Lester F. Goodchild
  • 2011: Leonard Baird
  • 2010: J. Douglas Toma
  • 2009: Amaury Nora
  • 2007: Estela Mara Bensimon
  • 2006: Laura Rendon
  • 2005: Carol Everly Floyd
  • 2004: Wynetta Lee
  • 2003: Ann E. Austin
  • 2002: Barbara K. Townsend
  • 2001: Robert O. Berdahl
  • 2000: Mildred Garcia
  • 1999: Philip G. Altbach
  • 1998: Joan S. Stark
  • 1996: Stan Carpenter & Patricia Hyer
  • 1995: Daryl Smith
  • 1993: John Smart
  • 1990: L. Jackson Newell
  • 1987: Jonathan Fife