Townsend Lecture

ASHE CAHEP Barbara Townsend Lecture

About Dr. Townsend

Barbara Townsend served as the ASHE Executive Director and on many other committees, to improve the study of higher education for her higher education colleagues. Barbara was particularly well known for her research on community colleges, feminist studies, doctoral education, and higher education programs. In 1995, Barbara, Les Goodchild, and Bob Hendrickson co-founded the Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP). CAHEP and the larger ASHE community wanted to recall her spirit and enthusiasm for higher education programs annually with a lecture series in her honor. 
 
CAHEP welcomes nominations for a lecture and lecturer that focus on community colleges, gender in higher education, graduate education, and/or higher education programs and leadership/administration.

About the Award/Lecture/Lecturer

The Barbara Townsend Lecture will recognize a lecture and lecturer focused on community colleges, feminist studies, doctoral education, and/or higher education programs. The award recipient will present a lecture during a special session of the conference, to be coordinated by the committee chair, ASHE Office, and award recipient. 

NOMINATION EVALUATION CRITERIA

When reviewing nominations, the awards committee will make decisions based on the following preferred and demonstrated attributes:
  1. Scholarship aligned to one or more areas of the nomination call (higher education programs and leadership/administration, graduate education, gender in higher education, and/or leadership in community colleges).
  2. Has been involved with ASHE and/or CAHEP in the past.
  3. Has demonstrated their commitment to advancing higher education programs through  scholarship, teaching, and/or service activities 

2021 Awards Timeline

  • Nominations will be open from May 3, 2021-July 1, 2021 at Noon Pacific. Due to 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.
  • For the Townsend Lecture, the selected recipient will be notified in early August so that they may begin planning their lecture. 
  • An announcement of recipients will be sent to the ASHE membership in late September.
  • The award recipient will present a lecture during a special session of the conference, to be coordinated by the committee chair, ASHE Office, and award recipient. For 2021, this lecture may be delivered on-site in San Juan, Puerto Rico or virtually; logistics will be coordinated with the committee chair and ASHE Staff.
  • The recipient(s) will also be recognized during the ASHE Awards Ceremony during the Annual Conference.

To submit a nomination

To submit a nomination you will need:

  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Nominator

  • Name, Title, Position, Institution, Email, and Phone Number of Nominee

  • Information to type or paste into a text box on the nominations form (no more than 500 words) which includes:

    • A statement as to how the nominated lecture and lecturer have implications for higher education programs and leadership/administration, graduate education, gender in higher education, and/or community colleges

    • A tentative title of the lecture

    • A short biography addressing the nominee’s higher education professional background and past involvement in ASHE/CAHEP

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.

Award nominees (and subsequently recipients) must be current members of ASHE.
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Questions about the 2021 award process can be sent to office@ashe.ws.


Awards Committee

Each year, the Council Chair appoints an awards committee, in close consultation with the Executive Committee, to solicit and accept nominations. ASHE awards committee members are not eligible to be nominated during the year in which they serve on the committee.

2021 CAHEP Awards Committee:
  • Beth Bukoski, University of Texas at Auston (Chair)
  • Ann Gansemer-Topf, Iowa State University
  • Ryan Miller, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2020 Barbara Townsend Lecture:
Xueli Wang, University of Wisconsin—Madison



Recipients:

2020 Xueli Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"On My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways"

2019 Sarah Rodriguez, Texas A&M University-Commerce
"Finding Voice and Power as La Profesora: Reimagining Higher Education Programs as Sites of Resistance"

2018 Jaime Lester, George Mason University
"Gender Trouble in Community Colleges: Constructing a New Definition of Democracy's College"

2017 Pamela L. Eddy, The College of William and Mary
"Community College Leadership Frontires: Scouting and Developing Talent

2016 Kelly A. Ward, Washington State University
"Higher Education Leadership: Perspectives from the Pipeline"

2016 Lisa Wolf-Wendel, University of Kansas 
"Higher Education Leadership: Perspectives from the People"

2015 Noah Drezner, Teachers College-Columbia Universit

2014 John S. Levin, University of California, Riverside 
"Playing the Field: The Qualitative Researcher in the Community College"

2013 Linda Serra Hagedorn, Iowa State University

2012 Robert M. Hendrickson, Pennsylvania State University

2011 Edward St. John, University of Michigan Algo

2010 Anna Neumann, Teachers College-Columbia University