K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Posted by American Association of Colleges and Universities on September 21, 2015

Call for Nominations – The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Deadline for receipt of materials: October 1, 2015

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please go to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders page for complete information.


All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the Master’s degree is the terminal degree, such as the MFA in art, are also eligible. (Nominees must hold student status in January 2016.)

Applicants must demonstrate:

1. Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning,
with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and
2. Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders,
scholars, and citizens.

Nomination Process
A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted for an application to be considered:

1. a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator;
2. a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator;
3. a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria;
4. a copy of the student’s curriculum vitae.

Nominations can be submitted anytime, but no later than October 1, 2015. Nominees must also complete an online form with all contact information. Only complete nominations will be considered.

The Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award provides financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U’s 2016 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, January 20-23, 2016. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

The award includes travel, lodging, conference registration, and a one-year affiliation with AAC&U, including subscriptions to all AAC&U periodicals.

The awards will be announced in December 2015, and recognized at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in January.

Contact Information
Please contact Suzanne Hyers at hyers@aacu.org or 202.387.3760 with any questions.

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