The 2016 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley.

From 1996 through 2005, the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards were administered by the American Association for Higher Education, where Professor Cross had served as Chair of AAHE’s Board of Directors. The Association of American Colleges and Universities became the partner association in 2006 and is pleased to continue the tradition of this prestigious award.

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and
  • 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.

Please mail AAC&U; two copies of these materials – the original documents and one duplicate of each.

The online form must also be completed. The online form is usually submitted by the student, although another individual with the required information could submit the form for the nominee. The online form can be submitted at any time on or before October 1, 2015.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards provide financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U;’s Annual Meeting. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

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

The awards are announced in December, and recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards will be recognized at, and will participate in, AAC&U;’s Centennial Annual Meeting in January 2016.

How to Submit a Nomination

Online Information

Graduate students must provide via an online form all contact information – name, institution, mailing address, phone number, and email address. Nominees must provide the same information for individuals who will submit the letter of nomination and the letter of support.  This information can be submitted anytime, but no later than 5:00 pm EST on October 1, 2015.

Nomination Materials
All nomination materials – the letter of nomination, the letter of support, the student statement, and the student vitae – must be mailed to and received by AAC&U; no later than October 1, 2015. (Please note that this is not a "post-marked by" date; it is the last date by which all materials must be received by AAC&U.;)

Please mail AAC&U; two copies of these materials – the original documents and one duplicate of each.

We encourage you to submit all materials together, if possible. If preferred, letters of nomination and/or support can be sealed in a separate envelope.  We also ask that you mail – not email – nomination materials to AAC&U;.

Please send materials to:
K. Patricia Cross Future Leader Awards
1818 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Contact Information: 
If you have questions, please contact Suzanne Hyers athyers@aacu.org or call AAC&U; at (202) 387-3760.


Deadline: October 1, 2015

Complete the online form on or before the deadline date.

Mail to: 
K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards
1818 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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